By: Scout G, and Julia M.
The Myth of Odysseus and Polyphemus
The moral of this story is to be prepared and cautious.
Interview with Odysseus
Reporter- Hello everyone! Today I am here with Odysseus in the city of Troy. How are you, Odysseus?
Odysseus- Very good, thank you.
Reporter- Today I have some questions for you. Are you ready?
Odysseus- Yes, I am always ready for anything.
Reporter- So Odysseus, what are you famous for?
Odysseus- I am famous for being the hero of the Odyssey, and for defeating the Trojans in the Trojan war.
Reporter- How interesting! I never knew that! What do you think are some characteristics/qualities that you have, and could you tell some of the radio listeners what you look like?
Odysseus- Well, I think I am very strong, smart, and a great leader. I have many good physical features, like very broad shoulders and big muscles.
Reporter- Wow! Those are some good traits, and it sound like you’ve been on lots of adventures but where are you from?
Odysseus- I am from Ithaca, and I am the KING!
Reporter- Cool! It sounds like you are so good at everything, what challenges do you face of have faced?
Odysseus- The challenges that I faced and still face are cyclops, lotus eaters, Circe the witch, cannibals, the wind king, trips down to the underworld, sirens, and Calypso the nymph.
Reporter- Thats a lot! I think a lot of your fans are wondering how you overcame those challenges.
Odysseus- Well, I try my best to be confident and intelligent, and think about how I can solve conflicts.
Reporter- It sounds like you’ve been through a lot, how many people did you associate with?
Odysseus- If I named everyone that I have associated with I would be here for a while so, I will just tell you about an interesting cyclops named Polyphemus. He is a cyclops that I outsmarted with my crew.
Reporter- I have many more questions for you but it looks like we only have time for one more question. Can you tell us some of the results of your greatest achievements?
Odysseus- I feel like one of the greatest results of one of my achievements is when I came up with the idea of the wooden horse in the Trojan war. The result of that achievement led to the defeat of Troy. Another achievement that I felt had an important result is when I was trapped in the Polyphemus’ cave with Polyphemus and my crew and I outsmarted him. The result of that was saving the lives of my remaining crew and myself.
Reporter- Man, it sounds like you have a pretty amazing life!
Odysseus- It’s not always easy, though, but I manage.
Reporter- I’d imagine. Well, looks like we’re out of time for today! It was an honor being here with you. I heard your fans got a big kick out of this. Thank you for dedicating your time to this interview. I know you probably could be off somewhere saving lives and being awesome, thank you so much Odysseus.
Odysseus- My pleasure!
Reporter- Thank you.
Odysseus- No, Thank you.
Odysseus Family Tree
Odysseus vs. the Modern Day Hero Superman
Differences between Odysseus and Superman
Superman can fly and Odysseus can not.
Superman was born on Krypton, Odysseus was born in Ithaca on Earth.
Odysseus had a big impact in the Trojan War
Superman has different identities
Odysseus was the kind of hero that people could relate to; Superman wasn’t because of all the impossible powers and things he could do
Similarities between Odysseus and Superman
They both appear strong and muscular.
They both are smart and cautious
They both are very heroic
They both have obstacles that are very similar, ex: cyclops, villains
They both don’t give up and don’t go down easily, ex: facing the cyclops, facing Atlas
Where Odysseus lived and traveled
Odysseus lived in Ithaca. He was he king. He traveled and visited:
Troy: Odysseus fought in the Trojan war here
The Island of the Cicones: Odysseus raided the island for supplies and fought the Cicones
The Island of the Cyclopes: Odysseus was drawn to Polyphemus’ cave by cheese and wine and fought the Cyclops there
The Underworld: Odysseus asked Teiresias how he could get home from a journey
Circe's Island: Meets Circe the witch and had to avoid her magic and defeat her.
This is a sculpture of the head of Odysseus.
This is a sculpture of Polyphemus.
Earlier on this Newsletter we wrote the differences and similarities to Superman, and Odysseus. The picture above is the symbol of superman.
This is a painting of the Trojan War. Odysseus was a well known warrior in the Trojan War.
Portrait of Odysseus' wife
Odysseus is well known for his knowledge with bows