Scylla and Charybdis

By: Brookelynn Thomason & Lucero Armenta


Odysseus and his men have to get by Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla, the sea monster, and Charybdis, who swallows up the water to make whirlpools, make it difficult for Odysseus and his men to get by. Odysseus does not tell his crew what they're up against and gives them orders to row as fast as they can to the mainland. Not long after that, his men hear a terrible noise that terrifies them. The men dropped their oars and the ship lost its course. With no oar blades to drive the boat through the water, Scylla made her strike, taking out 6 of Odysseus's best men. Odysseus had pity for the men, "Far the worst I ever suffered, questing the passes of the strange sea."

Literary Techniques

Imagery; But scarcely had that island faded in blue air...

* whisking six of my best men from the ship

Simile; when she vomited, all the sea was like a cauldron seething over intense fire.

Diction; hit these breaking seas: Waves (This is when Odysseus is telling his men that they can make it through it.)

Scylla & Charybdis