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Transcript of The Odyssey
After Odysseus have left Ismarus, he had stumbled upon some natives. These natives, had introduced them to their favorite appetizers: the lotus. The lotus is a sacred plant that has the ability to make you forget. The crew had ate the lotus but the three men that Odysseus sent out were majorly affected. So affected that Odysseus had to chain them and leave them behind.
After 10 long years of the Trojan War, Odysseus sets sail to return home from Troy to his home land 500 miles away from Troy, Ithaca. He sets sail with 12 ships and 600 men. Odysseus is the king of Ithaca and relies on his intelligence more than his strength. Odysseus is sneaky, crafty, and indeed intelligent.
Ismarus is an island in which is one of the destinations Odysseus sets off to on his journey back to Ithaca. Odysseus stops off here to seek revenge on an old enemy by stealing their treasure. This seems like an easy task, correct? They recently won a huge war against Troy. This was the fault of their plan. The men decide to celebrate their victory. But because they got so drunk, they could not defend themselves. This resulted in 72 sailors to die. After these casualties, the remaining crew and Odysseus set sail again. But, a huge hurricane sweeps them off the map into North America.
The Land of
Charybdis and Scylla
Ithaca at Last
Odysseus has now stumbled onto the land belonging to the Cyclops. He had saw food in the cave of Polyhemus. The cyclops made it so tempting for him and his crew to do nothing but make a feast for themselves. Then, the cyclops had came back home and found Odysseus and his men. The cyclops was furious. As a result, he had ate two men of Odysseus's crew(The rest of the crew is saved for later). Later, the cyclops left and closed a big rock as a door. Odysseus could not have just stood there. He had to do something. He found a wooden staff and sharpened it with fire. So, when the cyclops came back, Odysseus gave him wine that he just figured he liked and wanted more which eventually caused him to collapsed. Except, during the process of making cyclops to collapse, the cyclops asked Odysseus for his name, and Odysseus replied, "Nobody". After, the cyclops collapsed, the crew of Odysseus stabbed the shaft into the cyclop's eye. Polyhemus's neighbors asked him if something was wrong but he replied "Nobody was killing me". Then, Odysseus and his crew clung on to the bottom of Polyhemus's sheep which was their mode of transportation to get out of the cave. This way, the cyclops will not see them. After they got on to their boat, Odysseus revealed his real name. Therefore, Polyhemus asked his father, Poseidon to seek vengeance on Odysseus.
Their next stop was at the island of Aeolus. King Aeolus was the keeper of the winds. Odysseus entertained the king for 1 month. Then he was kind enough to give him a steady breeze to blow them home. He even decided to give them an assortment of storm wind which was tied up in a leather bag. Then, 9 days later, they were really close (a mile away) to Ithaca. Except, his crew has noticed the bag of wind and they were really curious about what was in the bag. So, they opened the bag and it blew them back to Aeolus's island.
Odysseus lands on a island of Circe, an enchantress. While they are there, Circe turns Odysseus's men into pigs. Hermes gave Odysseus a herb that allows Odysseus to resist against Circe's magic. This allowed him to threaten her and have her undue the spell cast upon his men and they create a friendship.
After making a stop to the land of Circe, Odysseus went to the land of the dead. He went there, so that he could find a way to claim his throne and his wife. He also wanted to find a way to avoid Poseidon's curse as well. In addition, Teiresia had also warned Odysseus not to eat the cattle of the sun god, Helios.
The sirens were were seductive female creatures. They would lure people with their songs to death. Odysseus had advised his crew to plug their ears with wax(suggestion from Circe). As for Odysseus, he had wanted to listen to the song, so he asked his crew to tie him up to the ship's mast.
During Odysseus's journey, he had stumbled upon the Charybdis and the Scylla. Odysseus had to make the decision of either steering closer to the Charybdis or the Scylla to save his crew. He chose the Scylla. As a result, six men had died.
Odysseus's crew had decided to butcher the cattle after Odysseus told them not to. The cattle had belonged to Helios, the sun god. The only person who survived the consequences would be Odysseus because he was the only one who did not butcher the cattle.
Calypso is a female nymph that had kept Odysseus hostage for seven years. Calypso finally lets Odysseus go when Hermes, the messenger god delivers the message from the gods to Calypso.
Odysseus has finally reached Ithaca at last. But he had to figure out a way to reclaim his throne and his wife, Penelope. He participates in Penelope's challenge posed by Penelope. He succeeds in this task. But the other suitors were not pleased. They attacked Odysseus. However, they were no match for this man. He defeated all of the suitors and was reunited with his family.
The End? O.o