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Book 12(:

Book 12 of the Odyssey. By: Autumn Morrison, Holden Wilson, and Zach Sutton.
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Autumn Morrison

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Book 12. Questions Why should Odysseus be wary of the Sirens?

They are very dangerous bird-women who try to seduce sailors with there music, trying to cause them to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. What should he and his men do to keep safe from the Sirens?

Odysseus felled the sailor's ears with beeswax so they could not here their seductive voices. Odysseus wanted to hear what the Sirens had to say so he ordered his men to tie him to the mast of the boat and not to untie him no matter what. Describe Scylla.
Scylla is a six-headed monster who, when ships pass, swallows one sailor for each head. What will Charybdis do if Odysseus's ship gets too close?
Swallow the entire ship.
What does Odysseus keep secret from his men?

Odysseus kept the secret that scylla would be at the charybdis and six of his men will perish he did not tell his crew because then they would all refuse and then they would all die. Describe the circumstances of Odysseus's shipmates' deaths. Is it Odysseus's fault?

Odysseus told his men no to eat the cattle but they did anyway so they were killed at sea. It is not Odysseus's fault because he told them not to beat the cattle. Character Anaylsis Scylla-
Scylla is a six-headed monster who, when ships pass, swallows one sailor for each head. Charybdis-
A sea monster or goddess whose gigantic whirlpool swirled in the straits of Messina, opposite the cliffs of the monster Skylla. Sirens-
Sirens are creatures with the head of a female and the body of a bird. Summary Odysseus returns to Aeaea, where he buries Elpenor and spends one last night with Circe. She describes the obstacles that he will face on his voyage home and tells him how to negotiate them. As he sets sail, Odysseus passes Circe’s counsel on to his men. They approach the island of the lovely Sirens, and Odysseus, as instructed by Circe, plugs his men’s ears with beeswax and has them bind him to the mast of the ship. He alone hears their song flowing forth from the island, promising to reveal the future. The Sirens’ song is so seductive that Odysseus begs to be released from his fetters, but his faithful men only bind him tighter.Once they have passed the Sirens’ island, Odysseus and his men must navigate the straits between Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla is a six-headed monster who, when ships pass, swallows one sailor for each head. Charybdis is an enormous whirlpool that threatens to swallow the entire ship. As instructed by Circe, Odysseus holds his course tight against the cliffs of Scylla’s lair. As he and his men stare at Charybdis on the other side of the strait, the heads of Scylla swoop down and gobble up six of the sailors. Helius-
god of the sun.
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