Nathan Van Period 3 Kaur

Nathan Van Period 3 Kaur
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  • Odysseus and his men stop at an island and hope to find hospitality.
  • "As we rowed on, and nearer to the mainland at one end of the bay we saw a cavern yawning above the water."
  • Odysseus and his men explore a cave that they found on the island in search of materials and resources needed for their journey.
  • "Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens and make a run for it?"
  • But instead, Odysseus and his men stayed because Odysseus wanted to see what the owner had to offer.
  • A cyclops named Polyphemus enters the cave and shuts the opening with a boulder behind him. Polyphemus gets angry and eats two of Odysseus' men. Odysseus and his men now think of a plan to help them escape. They give Polyphemus some wine and try to put him to sleep. 
  • "Cyclops, try some wine. Here's liquor to watch down your scraps of men. Taste it, and see the kind of drink we carried under our planks.
  • "' Cyclops, if ever mortal man inquire how you were to put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye ; Laertes' son, who's home is on Ithaca.'"
  • "In a smithy one sees a white-hot axe head or an adze plunged and wrung in a cold tub, screeching steam ; the way they make soft iron hale and hard ; just so that eyeball hissed around the spike."
  • Odyssseus and his men realize that they can't kill the cyclops so they just injure his eye so that they can escape.
  • "' Nohbdy, Nohbdy's trciked me! Nohbdy ruined me!'"
  • During their talk, Odysseus never told Polyphemus his real name and called himself Nohbdy to trick him. Due to the Polyphemus' lack of eyesight, Odysseus and his men escape under his sheep. 
  • As he was leaving, Odysseus gets cocky and decides to expose his real name, his father's name, and where he's from.  Using that information, Polyphemus prayed to his father Poseidon that Odysseus would never reach home. If he were to, it would take a long time.
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