The Odyssey

The Odyssey
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The Sirens

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  • "Steer wide; keep well to seaward; plug your oarsmen's ears with beeswax kneaded soft; none the rest should hear that song (Homer lines 13-15)."
  • "'The crew were on their feet briskly, to furl the sail, and stow it; then, each in place, they poised the smooth oar blades and sent the white foam scudding by-' (Homer lines 109-113)."
  • "They tied me up, then, plumb amidships, back to the mast, lashed to the mast, and took themselves back to rowing (Homer lines 117-119)."
  • Our hero Odysseus asks the goddess Circe for advice on how to get past the Sirens, and she responds by telling him to fill the ears of his crew with beeswax. As for himself, he needs to be tied up to the ship's mast, and no matter how hard and loud Odysseus yells, his crew must not listen and continue rowing.
  • "The lovely voices in ardor appealing over the water made me crave to listen, and I tried to say 'untie me!' to the crew, jerking my brows; but they bent steady to the oars (Homer lines 123-126)"."
  •  Soon enough, once they had gathered enough strength and food to last the trip, Odysseus and his men set sail towards the Sirens.
  • Once they left Circe's island and were approaching the Sirens, Odysseus followed what Circe had told him. He filled each individual of his crew with a thick layer of beeswax on each ear and then proceeded to be tied up to the mast of the ship with the help of some of his men.
  • Soon, the rich song of the Sirens overfilled Odysseus' ears, and he could not stop himself from yelling to be untied. However, his loyal team obeyed his initial order, and tied more rope around him every time he tried to escape.
  • The crew kept on rowing until the song of the Sirens finally faded, and Odysseus and his men were safe at last.
  • "So all rowed on, until the Sirens dropped under the sea rim, and their singing dwindled away (Homer lines 129-131)".
  • Finally, the crew untied Odysseus from the mast and removed all of the beeswax from their ears. An so, they continue their journey back home, awaiting the next challenges and creatures they will have to overcome.
  • "My faithful company rested on their oars now, peeling off the wax that I had laid thick on their ears; then set me free (Homer lines 132-134)."
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