The Odyssey

The Odyssey

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  • Odysseus and his men  sail towards the island of the Cyclopes.
  • Odysseus and his men arrive at the island and see unattended wheat, and sheep all over the land.
  • Odysseus decides to enter the cave of the Cyclops uninvited. Little does he know that this will be a grave mistake.
  • The Cyclops sees the intruders in his cave. Odysseus offers the Cyclops gifts, but he laughs at him for being such a fool to enter his cave without thinking on how to get out. Since the men have no way to get out, the Cyclops begins to eat the men. 
  • Odysseus forms a plan to get out of the cave. He offers the Cyclops wine and nectar to enjoy with the scraps of men. This gets the cyclops drunk and sedentary. The day before, the cyclops went out to milk and hear his sheep. He brought them in to his cave to gaze and roam.  Inside the cave, Odysseus found an olive tree trunk and sharpened it into a stake. He used it to stab the Cyclops in the eye.
  • Part of his trick involved Odysseus giving the Cyclops a fake name. He told the Cyclops that his name was "Nohbody", and so when the Cyclops cried out to his friends, he told them that 'Nohbody tricked me", and they fell for this trick. In order to prevent them from getting out, the Cyclops blocks the doorway. In order to counter this, Odysseus uses the sheep to hide him and his men. This tactic worked and Odysseus and his men went out safe and sound.
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