Mark Zarate - English1Period6 Greek Mythology
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Rowing the Boat
Seeing the Island
Arrival of Polyphemus the Cyclops
"My oarsmen followed, filling in to their benches by the rowlocks...(Homer 374)" In this scene Odysseus orders his men to start rowing, as they are heading out towards land.
"We saw a cavern yawning above the water...(Homer 374)" In this scene Odysseus and his men take the first look at the Cyclops's cavern. Homer described it as "yawning over the water" filled with shrubbery and plant life all around the cave entrance.
The Great Sheep Hideout
"He left his rams and he-goats in the yard outside, and swing high overhead a slab of solid rock. (Homer 376)" In this scene the Cyclops have just come home from a day of work, and closed off the entrance to the cave with a large stone slab.
"Even as he spoke, he reeled and tumbled backward, his great head lolling to one side: and sleep took him like any creature. (Homer 380)" In this scene Polyphemus has been driven to sleep with the use of alcoholic beverages Odysseus brought.
"I took the woolliest ram, the choicest of the flock, and hung myself under his kinky belly... (Homer 381)" In this scene Odysseus hides himself under one sheep after securing the his men.
"At this he stretched his hands out in his darkness toward the sky of stars, and prayed Poseidon... (Homer 384)" Here Odysseus and his men just escaped from the Cyclops's cave. Polyphemus prays to his father to curse Odysseus after Odysseus has boasted after his victory from the Cyclops.
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