"Old shipmates, friends, the rest of you stand by; 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)."
Stand by my friends, I'll go explore this land with my strongest mens.
"He left his rams and he-goats in the yard outside, and swung high overhead a slab of solid rock to close the cave.(Homer 141-144)."
"Three bowls I brought him, and he poured them down. I saw the fuddle and flush cove over him...(Homer 269-270). "
Odysseus sailed to the Land of the Cyclops, but he does not know that yet, so he decides to take his strongest men to explore the people of the land for they may be wild savages.
"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...(Homer 288-292), "
While Odysseus and his men were exploring the inside of a cave, a cyclops and his rams went in. The cyclops then closed the cave with a gigantic rock, therefore trapping Odysseus and his men inside.
" ...I tied them silently together, twining cords of willow from the orge's bed; then slung a man under each middle one to ride there safely, shielded left and right. So three sheep could convey each men (Homer 337-341)."
Coming up with a plan to escape the cave, Odysseus decides to give Polyphemus, the cyclops, three bowls of wine from the Gods in order to get him drowsy.
"Should destiny intend that he shall see his roof again among his family in his father land, far be that day and dark the years between. Let him lose all companions, and return under strange sail to bitter days at home (Homer 447-452). "
Haha! I escaped!
After Polyphemus fell asleep, Odysseus and his men got a large sized stick, shaped it until it had a pointy end, heat it up with the fire, and stabbed it into Polyphemus eye, therefore blinding him.
AHH! MY EYE!
Odysseus and his men then tied them self under the rams in order to escape, since he knows that Polyphemus lets his rams out of the cave every day.
Due to his fatal flaw of being too prideful, he told Polyphemus that he was escaping. Polyphemus then prayed to his father, Poseidon, who cursed Odysseus after.
DARN YOU ODYSSEUS! MAY YOU BE CURSED BY MY FATHER POSEIDON, GOD OF THE SEA!