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The Odyssey: The Sirens; Scylla and Charybdis
Transcript of The Odyssey: The Sirens; Scylla and Charybdis
it's obviously their fault since they're toast! spies are trained to be crafty and sly There is always a lot of commotion at parties and concerts crowded puppies Harpy whirlpool What a promontory venue... Men, fetch me my cuirass! That vertical enough for ya? It's a baby, can't get more enthusiastic then that. A peninsula is a "tongue of land" but it isn't really a tongue, just a piece of land that is thin and juts out from a larger piece of land. Charybdis's Vortex The Sirens Scylla " Friends, have we never been in danger before this? More fearsome, is it now, then when the Cyclops penned us in his cave? What power he had! Did I not keep my nerve, and use my wits to find a way out for us?" (920, 772-777) " Odysseus and his men return to Circe's island, where Circe warns him of the perils that await him." (PG 916, summary 1) "Listen with care to this, now, and a god will arm your mind. Square in your ship's path are Sirens, crying beauty to bewitch men coasting by; woe to the innocent who hears that sound! He will not see his lady nor his children in joy, crowding about him, home from sea; the Sirens will sing his mind away on their sweet meadow lolling. There are bones of dead men rotting in a pile beside them and flayed skins shrivel around the spot. Steer wide; keep well to seaward; plug your oarsmen's ears with beeswax kneaded soft; none of the rest should hear that song." (PG 916, Ln 660-672) " They tied me up, then plumb amidships, back to the mast, lashed to the mast, and took themselves again to rowing." (PG 919, 746-748) " That is the den of Scylla, where she yaps abominably, a newborn whelp's cry, though she is huge and monstrous. God or man, no one can look on her in joy. Her legs- and there are twelve- are like great tentacles, unjointed, and upon her serpent necks are borne six heads like nightmares of ferocity, with triple serried rows of fangs and deap gullets of black death." (PG 916, Ln 679-687) " Then Scylla made her strike, whisking six of my best men from the ship." (PG 921, Ln 817-818) " The opposite point seems more a tongue of land you'd touch with a good bowshot, at the narrows. A great wild fig, a shaggy mass of leaves, grows on it, and Charybdis lurks below to swallow down the dark sea tide." (PG 917, Ln 695-699) Three times from dawn to dusk she spews it up and sucks to down again three times, a whirling maelstrom; if you come upon her then the god who makes earth tremble could not save you. (PG 917, Ln 699-703) "Listen with care to this, now, and a god will arm your mind. Square in your ship's path are Sirens, crying beauty to bewitch men coasting by; woe to the innocent who hears that sound!" (PG 916, Ln 660-663) " Sirens weaving a haunting song over the sea we are to shun, she said, and their green shore all sweet with clover; yet she urged that I alone should listen to their song." (PG 918, Ln 723-727) Whelp's are puppies Odysseus's boat between Scylla and Charybdis Study Guide questions: What are the sirens, and what happens to the men that hear them? If you were Odysseus, would you choose to sacrifice six men to Scylla or would you not? Why do you think Odysseus doesn't tell his crew about the peril his men will face with Helio's cattle? Why does Odysseus protect his men from the sirens? Does he do the same to himself? Describe the peril Odysseus faces with Scylla and Charybdis. IS this truly being stuck between "a rock and a hard place?" Do you agree with Odysseus in line 831 that this was the worst suffering he had seen in his travels? Why or why not? Sirens are beautiful femmes that lure men to their island with a seductive song. The men sail to the island and crash into the rocky shore. I would've chosen Scylla if I had been in the same situation because it is the safest for the most men returning home. Although I would have informed my crew of their fate, unlike Odysseus. Odysseus didn't tell his crew because he didn't want them to panic, or to be upset with him. Odysseus lays beeswax over all the oarsmen's ears, but he has his crew tie him up so he can listen. The problem with the path through Scylla and Charybdis is that you cannot fully escape danger. You have to choose where to sail, near Scylla or near Charybdis. Yes, I agree that this must be a horrible suffering because he sat there, knowing his men were going to die, and he couldn't do anything about it.