By: Rohan Jagannathan and Gaurav Pandey __________________________Summary______________________________
Odysseus wants to seek shelter in Thrinacia. He goes inside to pray to the gods, but then Eurylochus and the rest of his crew eat the Sun God’s cattle. Odysseus is scared for his life because Tiresias told him to not to harm the cattle. The Sun God then finds out that they ate his cattle and he tells Zeus to punish Odysseus’ men. Zeus throws a lightning bolt at their ship and destroys it. Odysseus barely makes it to safety. Odysseus’ ate is displayed when he trusts his men not to eat the cattle. This results in his nemesis which is Zeus punishing him and his crew. The allusions to greek gods emphasizes their punishment by making it seem harsher because they are being punished by gods instead of nature. The imagery used describes how harshly Odysseus and his crew were punished for eating the cattle.
GODS OF OLYMPUS WE OFFER YOU THIS SACRIFICE!
Crew, we have made it to Thrinacia.
I must go inside to pray to the gods. I trust you not to eat the cattle.
We have not eaten in a long time. Let us eat these cattle. We will repay the Sun God some day.
The others belong to our feast.
Indeed, their lives shall pay the forfeit of their blood debt.
Zeus, you must punish those insolent fools for harming my cattle!
The ship was then smith-ed by Zeus's lightning bolt, killing all but Odysseus.