"'I'll make the crossing in my own ship, with my own company, and find out what the mainland natives are-for they may be wild savages, and lawless, or hospitable and god fearing men' (Homer 71-75)."
"We lit a fire, burnt an offering, and took some cheese to eat; then sat in silence around the embers, waiting(Homer 133-135)."
"Neither reply nor pity came from him, but in one stride he clutched at my companions and caught two in his hands like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, spattering the floor(Homer 191-194)."
Odysseus and his men arrive at Sicily, home of the cyclopes. He and a few of his men adventure onto the island to see if the cyclopes practice the Greek custom of hospitality. The rest of the men stay back on an deserted island near the mainland.
"I had touched the spot when sudden fear stayed me: if I killed him we perished there as well, for we could never move his ponderous doorway slab aside(Homer 206-209)."
The men had decided to enter one of the cyclop's caves while the cyclops was not home. In the cave, they ate the cyclop's food and made themselves feel at home.
"Blinded, and sick with pain from his head wound, the master stroked each ram, then let it pass, but my men riding on the pectoral fleece the giant's blind hands blundering never found(Homer 351-354)."
The cyclops Polyphemus returns and is angered that the men had invaded his home. So, he decides that he will feast on the men for the upcoming days.
"In these words he prayed, and the god heard him(Homer 453)."
Odysseus plans on blinding Polyphemus instead of killing him so that he and his men would still have a way to escape. He and his men first intoxicate Polyphemus with wine and tells the cyclops that his name is "Nohbdy" before blinding him with a giant stake.
Odysseus and his remaining men then escape by hanging on the bellies of Polyphemus' sheep while they were being let out to graze.
Odysseus and his men escape back to their ship. However, Poseidon curses Odysseus after Odysseus' pride gets the best of him; Odysseus boasts about himself and reveals his true identity.