Odysseus's Journey

Topics: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology Pages: 7 (2156 words) Published: April 10, 2013
List of Odysseus’s Travels

The people are called Kykones
Odysseus met Maron and the Kykones
He stayed there for one day
He lost 72 men; 0 ships
Total lost 72 men; 0 ships
Summary of Events:
Odysseus decided to raid Ismaros, where Maron gave him many gallons of wine. When Odysseus told his men to pull out, they mutinied and refused. This gave the Kykones time to recuperate their losses and they in return, attacked Odysseus' men. After substantial time of fighting, the men finally pulled back and left, then attempted to travel to Malea (three days). But the winds blew him off course and instead he landed in the land of the Lotos Eaters after ten days of storm. Decisions Odysseus Made:

Odysseus decided to raid the Ismaros and pull out quickly, which in itself was not a bad idea, but overall, harmed his progress in returning to Ithaka. Although his decision was a wise one, he should have thought about the greedy nature of human kind, and factored that information into his decision.

Lotus Eaters
The people are called Lotos Eaters
Odysseus met no inhabitants
He stayed there for one day
Total lost 72 men; 0 ships

Summary of Events:
After spending a large amount of time on sea, Odysseus came desperately to the land of the Lotos Eaters. He sent three men out to get the information of the inhabitants of the odd island. When they came back, it was apparent that they had eaten the lotos flowers and that they had no will to return to Ithaka. Immediately, Odysseus tied the affected men up and told his crew to get right back on the ship for fear of losing hope for home. Decisions Odysseus Made:

Odysseus decided to immediately reboard the men after he found out what the lotoses did to his them. If he hadn't made the decision to leave immediately, the rest of his men, once they left, would have stayed on the island forever until death arrived at their feet. This could have led to either mass mutiny and or loss of his men in the hundreds. Overall, this decision greatly helped the process of returning to Ithaka.

The people are called Kyklopes
Odysseus met Polyphemos
He stayed there for four days
He lost 6 men; 0 ships
Total lost 78 men; 0 ships
Summary of Events:
Odysseus and his men landed on the island of Hyperia where the Kyklopes dwelled. For two days they feasted and on the third day, Odyssues decided enter a cave where he saw Polyphemos discover if he was friend or foe. Odysseus took 12 men with him and they feasted on food until Polyphemos returned. Polyphemos ate two of Odysseus' men. Then Odysseus decided not to kill Polyphemos in his sleep but to drug him with Maron's wine and merely blind him, but before this plan of action could occur, Polyphemos ate another four men. After the plan was complete, Odysseus told Polyphemos that his name was Nohbody, so that when the other Kyklopes came wondering why Polyphemos was screaming, he would say, "Nobody hurt me." The remaining 6 men then hid underneath Polyphemos' giant sheep and escaped, then took the sheep for their own. As they were sailing out Odysseus taunted Polyphemos and almost got his ship destroyed, he then did this again and still managed to escape. Decisions Odysseus Made:

Odysseus made many bad decisions in the part of the tale. First, he decided to 'get to know' the obviously gigantic men, then upon leaving he decided to taunt Polyphemos--then after that he still hadn't learned his lesson and taunted him yet again, causing Polyphemos to put the men in jeopardy by throwing hilltops at the ships. However, depite this, he made two very good decisions that saved his life and life the life of his crew, afterall, where would a crew be without the captain? Odysseus decided that he would not kill Polyphemos, but merely blind him because only Polyphemos could open the stone blocking the cave from the outer world. He also came up with the idea to hide under the sheep as an escape route. Without this idea, the crew would be minus a...
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