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What was the purpose of the Cyclops in The Odyssey?

When King Odysseus and his men seek refuge in Polyphemus’ cave, he tries to eat them. The Cyclops’ bad behavior sets into motion a chain of events that will change the lives of Odysseus, his soldiers, and his family forever. It also gives rise to one of the most famous tales in all of world literature.

How are the Cyclops and Odysseus different?

Odysseus’ stature as a man cannot compare to the stature of Polyphemus, who is a giant. Polyphemus’ huge girth is the source of his physical strength, which is readily evinced when he rapidly kills Odysseus’ men and eats them. Polyphemus is huge and strong while in comparison, Odysseus is small and weak.

What happened with Odysseus and the Cyclops?

On finding a large cave, Odysseus and his men entered the cave, where they helped themselves to the food and drink they found there, and fell asleep. On finding Odysseus and his men in the cave, the Cyclops became enraged, grabbed two of the men, smashed their heads against the rocks, ate them, and fell asleep.

Why does Odysseus tell the Cyclops his name?

Odysseus tells Polyphemus his name is “Nobody” to prevent Polyphemus from being able to successfully call for help when Odysseus enacts his escape plan. When Odysseus and his men are trapped in Polyphemus’s cave, he’s horrified as the cyclops eats some of his men.

What is the Cyclops story?

The story of how the Cyclops Polyphemus was outsmarted by Odysseus is probably the most famous Cyclops story. Odysseus and the crew from his ship ended up stranded on Polyphemus’s island. Odysseus and the rest of the crew sharpened a large pole, and then stabbed the giant in the eye to blind him.

How does the Odyssey describe Cyclops?

Odysseus describes the Cyclops as a “horrid creature, not like a human being at all,” with a “loud voice and monstrous form.” Polyphemus lives in a dirty cave, where he tends to his goats and sheep, a lifestyle that Odysseus and his warriors view as barbaric.

What was unique about the Cyclops?

The Cyclops were giant; one-eyed monsters; a wild race of lawless creatures who possess neither social manners nor fear of the Gods. Cyclopes means ’round eye.

Why does the Cyclops invite Odysseus back to the island?

Cyclops invited Odysseus back to the same island, not to hurt or kill him, but to let him know that it was Odysseus that was destined to take his eye from him. Cyclops wanted to treat him well upon his return and befriend him.

What does Odysseus give to the Cyclops to drink?

Odysseus gave the Cyclops some wine to wash down his meal. Odysseus brought this wine with him from Ismarus , given to him by Apollo ‘s priest, Maron , as a gift or reward for saving his wife and children. Odysseus had brought this wine-skin from Maron, with him when he entered Polyphemus ‘ lair.

How did Odysseus and his men injure the giant Cyclops?

Odysseus’ men injure the Cyclops in the eye by stabbing it when the Cyclops is drunk. The men didn’t stab him in the heart because he was the only one strong enough to remove the boulder blocking the cave exit. This connects with the way they escape the cave because since the Cyclops couldn’t see,…

Why does Odysseus offer the Cyclopes wine?

He offers the Cyclops the potent wine so that he can make Polyphemus drunk, so drunk he will fall asleep. When he is soundly asleep, Odysseus and his men blind the Cyclops by stabbing him in his eye with a sharpened, heated olive pole.