The Cyclops and Odysseus

The Cyclops and Odysseus

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  • The Island of the Cyclops
  • The Cave of Polyphemus 
  • Ah, men, grab as much food as you can and let us see who owns this home, for they owe me a gift
  • Man Eating Monster
  • Gift!? I'll eat you last and that will be my only gift to you, sir!
  • After a long journey from Troy, Odysseus and his men finally come upon land.
  • Odysseus Saves the Day
  • UGH! UGH! UGH!
  • Odysseus and his men are in search for food and supplies when they stumble upon a cave full of delicious goods and no owner.
  • Odysseus Gets Away
  • Hurry men, board the ships as fast as you can!
  • Later, Odysseus and his men come to find that the cave belongs to a man eating cyclops and he is hungry. He eats two of Odysseus' men right before his eyes and offers him his gift.
  • Revenge of the Cyclops
  • Where is my gift, for I am your guest?
  •  Odysseus has a plan. He and his men take a large piece of wood and cut away at one end to make a sharp steak. They hide it in the corner for later. They offer Polyphemus much of their wine and then he sleeps. They take the steak, heat it up, and drive it through the cyclops' one eye.
  • Before the cyclops had fallen fast to sleep, Odysseus had announced his name was Nohbdy. When the cyclops was screaming in pain from the steak, his friends asked if he was okay. He shouted, "Nohbdy has hurt me!" He cried in agony and as he wailed, Odysseus tied his men to the sheep bellies and left out safely the next morning.
  • Once Odysseus and his men finally reach their ships, Odysseus called, "I am Odysseus, king of Isthmus." The cyclops calls upon his father, king of the sea, Poseidon, to curse Odysseus. They curse that he never returns home and if he does return, he will face many monsters and storms and will be without all of his men with pain and sorrow.
  • Odysseus of Isthmus, you shall never return home, for if you do, you will be without your men and power. You will face danger and hardship and pain till your days end.
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