The Cyclops

The Cyclops

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  • "I will make the crossing/ in my own ship.../ and find out what the mainland natives are..." (17-18)
  • "I wished/ to see the caveman, what he had to offer..." (75-76)
  • Odysseus and his men decide to go to a neighboring island to see if the natives are "wild savages" or "hospitable and god-fearing men." (19-20)
  • Odysseus's men wanted to go in, steal the cyclops's food, let out his animals, and then go unharmed. Odysseus turned them down, making them stay to face the cyclops.
  • The giant "swung/ high overhead a slab of solid rock/ to close the cave." (87-89) Odysseus begins to come up with a plan to escape.
  • Odysseus "rammed [the pike of olive] deep in [the cyclops] crater eye" and he and his men escaped under the skins of sheep. (236-237)
  • Polyphemous curses Odysseus, saying "let [Odysseus] come late,/ in bad case, with the loss of all his companions, in/ someone else's ship, and find troubles in his household." (533-535)
  • Odysseus shrugs off the curse, he says " [Zeus was] still was pondering on a way how all my strong-benched ships/ should be destroyed and all my eager companions."(554-555) Odysseus and his men make it off of the island and continue their journey.
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