The Cyclops
Updated: 4/20/2020
The Cyclops

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  • Odysseus and his crew got to the Cyclops land and see goats and sheep outside of a cave."As we rowed on, nearer to the mainland, at one end of the bay, we saw a cavern yawning above the water, screened with laurel, and many rams and goats about the place" (564, lines 121-124)
  • The Cyclops saw Odysseus and his men in the wall and started asking them questions. Everyone was scared but Odysseus spoke up. "In the glare he saw us . 'Strangers,' he said, 'who are you? And where from ? What brings you here by seaways... We felt a pressure on our hearts, in dread of that deep rumble and that mighty man. But all the same I spoke up in reply" (566, lines 196-203)
  • Odysseus follows through with his plan and together with his men, stabbed the Cyclops eye with the stake. "My four fellows gave me a hand, lugging it near the Cyclops as more than natural force nerved them; straight forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it deep in his crater eye" (570, lines 329-333).
  • Everyone needs to escape so Odysseus gets rams and ties them together, and puts a man under the middle ones. "The Cyclops' rams were handsome, fat, with heavy fleeces, a dark violet. Three abreast I tied them silently together, twining cords of willow from the ogre's bed; then slung a man under each middle one to ride there safely" (571, lines 376-381).
  • As Odysseus and his crew were escaping, Odysseus made him mad and threw rocks at their ship. "The blind thing in his doubled fury broke a hilltop in his hands and heaved it after us. Ahead of our black prow it struck and sank whelmed in spuming geyser" (573, lines 436-440).
  • Odysseus had a plan to escape and made his men make a stake which they hid and Odysseus gave the Cyclops liquor to make him drunk. "Now I chopped out a six foot section of this pole and set it down before my men, who scraped it... I hewed again to make a stake with pointed end...then hid it, well back in the cavern...My moment was at hand, and I went forward holding an ivy bowl of my dark drink, looking up saying: 'Cyclops,try some wine" (568-569, lines 271-296)
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