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Odysseus and the Cyclops

Myth assignment with analysis, summary
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Vanessaa Rokoszakk

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of Odysseus and the Cyclops

The Myth Of Odysseus and the Cyclops Archetypes Theme Statement 4. The next morning, the Cyclops eats another two men and leaves the cave with his flock, pulling closed the stone slab door. Internal and External Conflicts Present in the Myth (Specified and Explained) Conflicts Present in the Story People can interpret the theme as: What are the archetypes present in the myth? 1. Odysseus - The Hero Odysseus is the captain of his ship and the leader of his men. It is up to him to free them out of danger. Odysseus is Brave
Wise
Handsome
Most muscular and buff of all his men
Comes up with the idea that saves them
Relied on
Demonstrates great leadership 2.Polyphemus - The Vilian Polyphemus, the cyclops is the main rival of Odysseus, and is the source of the external conflict Polyphemus is: Large and ugly
Uncaring and devious
Unloving
Missing compassion
Beastly
Unforgiving 3. The Quest The hero; Odysseus, is faced with a problem and he needs to prove his abilities as a leader to save himself and his men The hero does not go on an epic journey, although he is still faced with obstacles to overcome Story Line 1. On the tenth day of the return to Greece from Troy, Odysseus and his men venture on a beautiful island, with friendly islanders, but the Lotus flowers. All but Odysseus try the flower and become drugged with it's influence. Odysseus forces his men to return onto the ship to continue their journey. 2. Odysseus takes his crew to the nearby island of the Cyclops. The Greeks enter a cave where there are cheeses and lambs the Greeks want to steal. Odysseus wants them to wait to meet the Cyclops. They light a fire, burn an offering, and wait until the Cyclops returns. When he comes in with his animals, he pulls an enormous stone slab against the opening to form a door Odysseus and all his men would be unable to move. Odysseus tells him that they are Greeks from Troy and that they want his help. 3. The Cyclops replies that he doesn't care what Zeus says about helping strangers and picks up two of Odysseus' men for his dinner. After the Cyclops goes to sleep, Odysseus begins to plot how to save their lives and get out of the cave. Story Line Continued Odysseus and his men cut off a length of an olive tree and form it into a pointed spike. When their weapon is completed, they hide it among the piles of dung. 5. When Polyphemus returns, he eats two more men. Odysseus offers him his special wine, which the Cyclops accepts and then promises to eat Odysseus last as an exchange gift. He also asks for Odysseus' name, which Odysseus gives as "Noman". The Cyclops falls asleep drunk. 6. The Greeks char the point of the spike in the fire and then the men ram it into the Cyclops' eye until it pops out. The Cyclops roars and calls for his brothers. When they come near, they ask him, Polyphemus, what happened. Polyphemus says that "Noman" has hurt him. The other Cyclops say he must deal with the gods, then, and leave. 7. Polyphemus eventually falls asleep. Overnight, Odysseus and his men hang themselves from the wool of the flock of sheep in the cave When Polyphemus moves the boulder and frees the flock, he also frees Odysseus and his men. He does not notice them as he is still blind from the spike in his eye. As the Greeks flee the island, Polyphemus prays to his father Poseidon to keep them from returning home safety. Internal External The conflict our hero faces is the challenge of freeing himself and his men from Polyphemus' grasp before the cyclops eats them all Odysseus knows that he cannot face the giant cyclops in combat, but could only defeat him and save himself and his men only using trickery. He needs to come up with a plan in the face of death It was implied that Odysseus was a little concerned he would be unable to save himself and his men He faces some doubts and pressures from his men to save them and he has doubts in himself while he struggles to come up with a plan. He was motivated by the desire to see his wife again. by: Vanessa Rokoszak The mind can be mightier than the sword. Explination: Odysseus knew he could not face the Cyclops Polyphemus in battle, so he had to use his mind and his wits to solve his problem, He suceeded with a greater victory then violence would have given him. Archetypes present, the story line, conflicts and theme throughout this famous anicient greek myth Insighting Action ---> Climax ---> Falling Action --->
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