CALL TO ADVENTURE - Odysseus is asked to go to Troy to fight, but the war lasts 10 years. Odysseus creates a plan (wooden horse) to help the Trojans win the war. Odysseus sets sail with his men to Ithaca.
MENTORS/HELPERS - Athena helps Odysseus retake Ithaca, Circe tells him where to go, and Teiresias tells him what will happen to him while going home.
TESTS/ENEMIES - Polyphemus the Cyclops calls upon Poseidon to curse Odysseus. The Sirens try to lure all his men so they could kill them. The Lotus-Eaters try to brainwash his men to keep them from going home. Charybdis is a whirlpool that tries to eat their ship.