The Odyssey

Book 9


"Not a word in reply to that, the ruthless brute. Lurching up, he lunged out with his hands toward my men and snatching two at once, rapping them on the ground he knocked them dead like pups—their brains gushed out all over, soaked the floor— and ripping them limb from limb to fix his meal he bolted them down like a mountain-lion, left no scrap,

devoured entrails, flesh and bones, marrow and all!" (Homer 145)

-This shows that the Cyclops is ruthless and doesn't care about the Zeus threat that Odysseus made. Also how violent the Cyclopes are.

"We flung our arms to Zeus..." (Homer 145)

- This shows how much they rely on the gods and how they put all of their trust in them. Also the impact of the gods on the Greek culture.

"Nobody—that’s my name. Nobody—

so my mother and father call me, all my friends." (Homer 148)

This quote shows how Odysseus does really well in tough situations and how intelligent he is especially when he is needed by his men.

"‘Nobody? I’ll eat Nobody last of all his friends—

I’ll eat the others first! That’s my gift to you!" (Homer 148)

-This quote shows how stupid the Cyclopes are because they fell for Odysseus' trick. Also that they don't show mercy at all because his gift is that he will just eat him last.


Odysseus-He does a lot to save some of his men in this book. He tricked the Cyclops and produced a weapon that he stabbed the Cyclopses eye with. He also figured that his best way out was to hide under sheep.

Polyphemus- He is a ruthless, stupid, and angry Cyclops that killed some of Odysseus' men and was holding them captive in a cave on his island.

The Crew- These people were on the same ship with Odysseus and some of them were eaten by the cyclops and some were lucky enough to get out with Odysseus.


The theme of this book could be don't ever give up. Because Odysseus could have given up on the men who ate the Lotus flowers and didn't want to leave, but he didn't and they ended up going on the ship. He could have also given up when they got stuck on the island of the Cyclops, but the whole time he was thinking of a plan to get off the island. Also he could have given up when the Cyclops kept taking his men and eating them, but he made a plan and got off the island because he didn't give up. Because he didn't give up that made him that much closer to getting home to his wife, son, and kingdom.

Summary of Book 9

In this book Odysseus tells about his trip to the Island of the Lotus eaters, the raid on Ismarus, and how they escaped the Island of the Cyclops. Odysseus was smart and figured out how to get off the island by tricking and stabbing Polyphemus (the Cyclops) in the eye. Which was good because they got off the island, but bad because it made Poseidon mad and he still has to sail home.