The Odyssey


Odysseus and his men landed on the island of the cyclops. Here, they search the island for food and other useful items. While searching, they come upon what appears to be an abandoned cave. They help themselves to food and wine in the cave. Then Polyphemus comes back to his cave. Upon finding Odysseus and part of his crew there, Polyphemus closes the cave with a big rock and grabs and devours two of Odysseus' men. Polyphemus asks Odysseus what his name is, and Odysseus, being very wise, tells him it's "Nobody". The next morning, he eats two more of the men, and two for dinner as well. Odysseus then thinks out a very clever plan. While Polyphemus was out tending to his sheep and Odysseus and his men were trapped in the cave, Odysseus spotted a big olivewood club. He and his men sharpen the tip of it, and harden the tip of it over the fire, and hides it. Odysseus gave Polyphemus wine, and after a few cups, he fell asleep. Odysseus and his men then drive the sharpened club into Polyphemus' single eye, and he is blinded. Polyphemus cries out to his brothers and tells them that Nobody hurt him. They don't take him seriously though.  He tries to find Odysseus and his men but he can't. Once it is time for the sheep to be let out, Odysseus and his men attatch themselves to the underside of the sheep and escape. Once safely back on the ship, Odysseus boasts to Polyphemus saying "I am not Nobody, I am Odysseus, Son of Laertes, King of Ithaca!" therefore, giving his identity away. Polyphemus prays to his dad, Poseidon, for revenge.