The Cyclops, Polyphemus

The Cyclops, Polyphemus

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  • Odysseus decided to enter the cave in search of hospitality instead of stowing away the cheese and cattle onto their ships.  
  • The cyclops finds Odysseus and his men eating his cheese. 
  • The cyclops grasped and ate two of Odysseus' men.
  • 'Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back,throw open all the pens, and make a run for it? We'll drive the kids and lambs aboard. We say put out again on good salt water!' Ah, how sound that was! Yet I refused. I wished to see the caveman, what he had to offer-no pretty sight, it turned out for my friends. (Homer Book Nine, 126-133)
  • Odysseus made a pike out of a log and tricked the cyclops into drinking wine and falling asleep. They wounded his eye while he was sleeping. 
  • "-he poked the fire, heaping on brushwood. In the glare he saw us. 'Strangers,' he said,'who are yo? And where from? What brings you here by sea ways-a fair traffic? Or are you wandering rogues,who cast your lives like dice, and ravage other folk by sea?"(Homer Book Nine 154-159
  • The cyclops seeing his beloved sheep off as he lets them out of the cave along with Odysseus and his men.
  • "Neither reply nor pity came from him, but in one stride he clutched at my companions and caught two in his hand like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, spattering the floor." (Homer Book Nine 191-194)
  • Odysseus taunts Polyphemus the cyclops as he leaves the island and Polyphemus heaves a giant stone over his head.
  • "The pike of olive, green though it had been, reddened and glowed as if about to catch. I drew it from the coals and 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-" "So with our brand we bored that great eye socket while blood ran around the red hot bar." (Homer Book Nine 286-292 and 296-297)
  • "Blinded, and sick with pain from his head wound, the master stroke each ram, then let it pass, but my men riding on the pectoral fleece the giant's blind hands blundering never found." (Homer Book Nine 351-354)
  • "O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions? ur roof! Zeus and the gods have paid you!"Puny, am I, in a Caveman's hands? How do you like the beating we gave you, you damned cannibal? Eater of guest your roof! Zeus and the gods have paid you!' The blind thing in his doubled fury broke a hilltop in his hands and heaved it after us." (Homer Book Nine 390-396)
  • I, Odysseus, son of Laertes' has blinded you, Polyphemus! 
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