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The Odyssey: Book 9 Analysis

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Sophie McLarty

on 3 September 2015

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Transcript of The Odyssey: Book 9 Analysis

The Odyssey
: Book 9 Analysis

Discussion Questions
"My native land is Ithaca, a sunlit island" (23) This is a symbol for Odysseus's treacherous journey. He describes his home as "sunlit," showing that he sees it as perfect and wonderful. This reflects his ultimate goal of getting back home to Ithaca.

Literary Devices
"They came on as thick as leaves and flowers in spring, attacking at dawn."

-simile showing how the men from Cicones attacked Odysseus and his men.

The quote "He spoke, and it hit us like a punch in the gut- (249)" is personification. This compares the Cyclops's voice to someone punching Odysseus in the stomach. This shows how loud and affective his voice was to Odysseus and his men.
Theme: Overcoming Obstacles
Book 9 of The Odyssey shows that obstacles must be overcome in order to reach your ultimate destination.
Odysseus and his men overcame the temptation of the lotus-eaters and the attack and imprisonment from the cyclops. Getting through these challenges made them stronger and brought Odysseus and his men closer to meeting their goal.
In book 9 of the Odyssey, Odysseus begins to explain his journey back to Ithaca. Odysseus and his men travel to the land of the Lotus-eaters. The natives give them fruit that makes them want to stay there longer and makes them forget about their journey home. They then travel to the land of the cyclopes where they meet Polyphemus, Poseidon's son. After eating two of Odysseus's men and imprisoning them, Odysseus devises a plan for escape. Odysseus and his men end up stabbing Polyphemus in the eye and escaping.
- What is the significance of Odysseus telling his stories to he Phaecians?

- Odysseus going to the island of the Cyclops is a metaphor for what in life?
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