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In this scene, Odysseus and his crew have just left Aeolia where Aeolus had given Odysseus a gift of silver, gold and winds to help him get home. The crew then sail onwards to there home island for 9 days, upon the tenth day they can see the land of their homeland. Worn out and content, Odysseus seeks relief in a slumber. As e sleeps his crew expresses their dislike of the gifts Odysseus had received form Aeolus and the credit he's been given; they felt as though they have been overlooked. They decide to open the bag Odysseus had been given in search of gold and silver. Unintentionally, the end up opening the bag of winds, and as a result, all the winds escape sending them back to the land of Aeolia. When Odysseus awakens to see the damage his crew has caused he's heartbroken and betrayed, to say the least. This scene is important because Odysseus had come so close to relief and being home. This set back made it apparent to all that it was the work of the Gods whom did not favor Odysseus. Thus, his journey home was to continue.

Storyboard Text

  • "He gave me a sack,-flaying therefor a nine-year ox,- and in bound the courses of the blustering winds...(p.91)"
  • Odysseus: Thank you!
  • Aeolus: Here is a bag of winds to ensure your trip home.
  • "Nine days we sailed, as well by night as day (p.91)
  • "Upon the tenth out native fields appeared, so close that we could see the men tending fires. (p.91)
  • Crew: I see land!
  • Odysseus: Me too! Thank the Gods!
  • In this scene, Odysseus is given gifts from Aeolus, the king of Aeolia. One gift in particular is a bag of winds that Aeolus said would guide Odysseus and his crew back to there homeland.
  • Crew Member1: It's not fair! We do the work, but he gets the credit!
  • Crew Member2: I say we go look in the bag and divide the gold and silver amongst ourselves!
  • Following the previous scene Odysseus and his crew set sail homeward. They sailed for a total of nine days; day and night.
  • Crew Member4: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!
  • Crew Member6: THE WINDS!
  • CREW MEMBER1: NO! I didn't mean it!
  • On the tenth day, the crew spotted their native land. The entire crew was beyond elated, for it was the first time they've seen even a glimpse of Ithaca since they had left 20 years ago for the Trojan War.
  • Odysseus: Why would they do such a wicked thing?
  • Odysseus: Oh Gods please help me!
  • Overjoyed that he'd spotted his homeland, Odysseus found it useful to take a restful slumber, for he had been up the past ten days. While he slept, his crew conspired against him. They felt unacknowledged and wanted to take the gifts Aeolus had given him -gold and silver- and split it among themselves.
  • "Then a sweet sleep overcame me...Meanwhile my men began to talk with one another, and to tell how I was bringing gold and silver home as gifts from Aeolus...'Come, then, and let us see what there is here, and how much gold and silver the sack holds.' (p.91-92)"
  • Unfortunately, the plan didn't go as planned. They had accidentally released the bag of winds Aeolus had given them. This sent the ship all they way back to Aeolia.
  • "Such was their talk, and the ill counsel of the crew prevailed; they loosed the sack , and out rushed all the winds (p.92)."
  • Waking up from his slumber to see the damage his crew had done destroyed Odysseus. That was the closest he's came to Ithaca, and to have it ripped away from him, killed him. He kept to himself after that, went in a corner, and cried in defeat.
  • "And I, awaking, hesitated in my gallant heart whether to cast myself out of the ship into the sea and perish there, or say nothing and endure and bide among the living. I forced myself to stay; covering my head, I laid me down...(p.92)."
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