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Odysseus's Story

Today's story comes from a man named Odysseus.
He was very prideful in his younger years, when the fought in the Trojan War.
When he was coming home from the ten year long war, his ship and crew were thrown off course because of the wrath of Zeus and Poseidon, Greek gods.

Journey home

When they were leaving Troy, they went to a village near by and pillaged and ruined their town.
They fought for ten years, they might at well.
Because of this, the town asked for help from the neighboring villages. The god, Zeus, thought it was absurd that they were destroying a village for no good reason.
The god then proceeded to help the town defeat Odysseus and his crew and Zeus took them off of their course.

Don't eat the Lotus flowers! You'll get hooked!

When Zeus had thrown them far off of their original course, they came across the Lotus Eaters island. They decided to stop and rest for the night and go into the villages on the island.
Little did they know, these flowers were kind of like a drug. Once you eat one, you never want to leave the island.
Odysseus took his crew, kicking and screaming, back onto the boat and left.

Cyclops!

Odysseus and the Cyclops

When they came across an island, they decided to stop and look for supplies for their, now longer, journey home.
When they had gotten onto this island, they had all the supplies they needed. This island was full of animals, for food, and grapes, for wine. They hit the jackpot!
Because Odysseus was a very intelligent person, he and some of his finest men went to the island of the cyclops. He was very curious and wanted to learn about them.
When they had gotten onto the other island, he found an enormous cavern, filled with wine and cheese.
They fed themselves, to their delight, until the owner of this cavern came home.

The cyclops then proceeded to eat two of Odysseus' men and had moved a boulder in front of the opening. The cyclops got up the next morning, ate two more of Odysseus' men and trapped them again, when he left.

Cunning but just a bit too prideful.

When the cyclops was gone all day, Odysseus carved a piece of wood to be very sharp. He then heated it up, so it would harden and waited for the Cyclops to get home. When the cyclops arrived home, Odysseus and the remaining men, got the cyclops drunk. Odysseus had also convinced the cyclops that his name was No one/Nobody.
When the cyclops had passed out, Odysseus stabbed the cyclops in the eye.

The cyclops then proceeded to call out, "Help! Nobody is hurting me! Help!"
Because of this, the other cyclops had thought he either had the plague, or was insane, causing no one to help him.

Odysseus and his men grabbed onto the underside of the sheep, because the cyclops was feeling to top of the sheep just in case Odysseus and his men were riding the sheep out.
They escaped and when they had gotten back onto the boat, Odysseus called out to the cyclops and told him, his real name.

"I'm telling daddy!"

The cyclops got so furious at Odysseus, that he prayed to his father, the god of the sea, Poseidon.
The cyclops asked his father to let Odysseus get home, but make it take very long and that he would have lots of trouble when he got home.

Don't be like Odysseus

Odysseus got many of his men killed and made his journey home take longer than it would have, if he hadn't gotten so prideful.

He's had many trials and put his men through a lot.
Just because he was cunning, he thought he could get away with it. He was, "Odysseus the Great" in his mind.

Pride is a good thing, just don't let it get away from you.

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