The Odyssey

Book 9

Quotes

“We are Achaians coming from Troy, beaten off our true course by winds from every direction across the great gulf of the open sea, making for home, by the wrong way, on the wrong courses. So we have come. So it has pleased Zeus to arrange it.”’ This quote is important because it shows Oddy talking the Cyclopes, and that it wasn't his fault they ended up on the shore and he didn't want to end up on the shore.


'"Hear me, Poseidon, who circle the earth, dark-haired. If truly I am your son, and you acknowledge yourself as my father, grant that Odysseus, sacker of cities, son of Laertes, who makes his home in Ithaka, may never reach that home; but if it is decided that he shall see his own people, and come home to his strong-founded house and to his own country, let him come late, in bad case, with the loss of all his companions, in someone else's ship, and find troubles in his household." 'So he spoke in prayer, and the dark-haired god heard him.' This is important because it shows that the cyclops wants revenge and Zues lets it happen for a a little while because Ody blinded him, and told him his name.


'"But tell me, so I may know: where did you put your well-made ship when you came? Nearby or far off?" 'So he spoke, trying me out, but I knew too much and was not deceived, but answered him in turn, and my words were crafty: "Poseidon, Shaker of the Earth, has shattered my vessel. He drove it against the rocks on the outer coast of your country, cracked on a cliff, it is gone, the wind on the sea took it" He didn't tell him where his ship was because they wouldn't let him leave and he would find out that he had more then 12 men.

Theemes

Being A Good Guest- You want to be taken care of and respected, yet you can't stay for too long. Oddy lost 72 men because he lost 6 men from each ship and there were 12 ships because the men stayed for too long.


Human and monster- Cyclops is a monster he puts a bolder infront of the cave so only he can move it to get out. He eats 6 of Ody's people in 48 hours while they are trapped in the cave. This shows that he is a monster because he eats humans, he is the only one strong enough to move the huge bolder, and he is a cyclopes.


Summary

Ody is on his journey home from troy. The wind takes them to the land of the Cicones. His crew gets filled with greed and wants to stay longer then there welcome, the Cicones get mad and turn on them. Ody gets out of there as fast as he can, he ends up losing 72 men 6 from each of the 12 ships. Zues sends a hurricane and they get swept to the lotis eaters, they feed Ody's men the lotis flower and since its addicting they no longer have the main goal to get home in there mind they only want the lotis flower. Zues has to lock his men into the ships to get them to continue there journey home. They then end up on the island of the cyclopes,Polyphemus, Ody finds the cave and sees cheese, milk and sheep so he goes into the cave, instead of grabbing the cheese and getting out he stays in there. Polythemus returns and put a bolder infront of the cave that only he can move. Ody blinds the cyclopes and tells him his names is nobody so he then says "nobody is killing me". The next morning Ody and his crew finally escape from the cave. On there way out they stole Polyphemus sheep. On their way out Ody tells Polyphemus his name and where he lives. Polyphemus prays to his father to make sure he has a tough time getting home since he blinded him.

Characters

Lotus eaters- An island where they are addicted to the lotus flower when you eat it you get addicted, it is like a drug you keep wanting more and more of it.

Cyclops (polyphemus) - The son of Poseidon, he lives in a cave by himself he is a monster, Ody blinds him.