Jocelyn Rodriguez Period 6
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Odysseus and his men arrive on the island of Aeaea and Odysseus splits the men in half. Eurylochus' group had to explore the island where Circe lived, while Odysseus' group waited.
Eurylochus' men heard the young woman sing and noticed that she could weave, so they wanted to greet her to see what she had to offer to them as hospitality.
The men in Eurylochus’ group followed Circe into her house, where she offered them food and wine. Eurylochus was the only one that stayed behind because he sensed a snare.
" 'In the wild wood they found an open glade, around a smooth stone house-the hall of Circe-and wolves and mountain lions lay there, mild in her soft spell, fed on her drug of evil (Homer 386).’ "
Shortly after the men took a small bite out of their food, Circe flew in and casted an evil spell, which completely turned the men into pigs.
“ 'Dear friends, no need for stealth: here's a young weaver singing a song to set the air a-tingle on these lawns and paven courts. Goddess she is, or lady. Shall we greet her (Homer 387)?’ ”
Eurylochus rushed to tell Odysseus that Circe had turned all the men into pigs. As a result, Odysseus went to her house to rescue the men and he takes the plant called moly and his sword along with him.
"All but Eurylochus-who feared a snare-the innocents went after her. On thrones she seated them, and lounging chairs, while she prepared a meal of cheese and barley and amber honey mixed with Pramnian wine, adding her own vile pinch to make them lose desire or thought of our dear father land (Homer 387).”
After a year at Circe’s house, Odysseus finally begs her to allow them to go home. So, she tells them to go to the land of the dead and return after they had Tiresias' prophecy. Ultimately, they set sail to the land of the dead.
"Scarce had they drunk when she flew after them with her long stick and shut them in a pigsty-bodies, voices, heads, and bristles, all swinish now, though minds were still unchanged (Homer 387).”
"When we were frantic questioning him, at last we heard the tale: our friends were gone (Homer 387).” “Against this advice, however, Odysseus rushes to save his men from the enchantress. On the way, he meets the god Hermes, who gives him a magical plant called moly to protect him from Circe’s power (Collections 387).”
"Circe gives Odysseus a magic drink, but it does not affect him and he threatens to kill her with his sword. Circe turns the pigs back into men but puts them all into a trance. They stay for one year, until Odysseus finally begs her to let them go home (Homer 387)."
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