Greek Mythology: Conflict to Climax

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Chapter: The Cyclops

The Setting: The Cyclops cave

Conflict: Polyphemus is a huge man who eats humans.

Complications: They are trapped in the cave of the Cyclops and the only one who can open the door is Polyphemus.

Climax: Odysseus and his men stab him in the eye and when morning came to let the sheep in to the pasture they held on to the belly.

Denouement: The men escape two men were eaten.

Character: Polyphemus who was the one-eyed monster son of Poseidon.

Archetype: Polyphemus is a shadow character.

Chapter: The Witch Circe

The Setting: Aeolia

Conflict: Circe a young goddess.

Complications: Circe gives them a magic potion and puts them in a pig sty

Climax: Hermes gives Odysseus a plant that will weaken Circe

Denouement: Odysseus overcomes here magic and frees his men. She persuades them to stay and they feast with her and after many seasons' leaves.

Character: Aeolus the god of wind puts all the stormy winds in a bag so they don't hurt the Ithicans.

Archetype: Circe is a shape shifter first being a foe and later becoming a friend. Hermes is a Herald assisting with the plant that helps defeat Circe

Chapter: The Sirens; Scylla and Charybdis

The Setting: Ocean

Conflict: Sirens who are beautiful women who sing an enchanting song. Scylla a monstrous beast with twelve legs and six heads. Charybdis who lurks below the water and causes great maelstroms.

Complications: Getting past all the deathly tasks.

Climax: Scylla reaches down and grabs six men in her mighty mouth

Denouement: Most of the men made it out of the cave with the image of there comrades in the beasts' mouth.

Character: Sirens, Charybdis, and the sirens

Archetype: All of the creatures were threshold guardians testing Odysseus.

Chapter: The Beggar and the Faithful Dog

The Setting: Ithica

Conflict: The suitors are determined to marry Odysseus beautiful wife.

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