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Some modern scholars have argued that Odysseus is too brutal with the Cyclops Polyphemus and that he earns the wrath of Poseidon Do you think that this interpretation has any justification within the text of Homers Odyssey Within the text of Homers Odyssey it is possible to find justification that Odysseus whilst admittedly displaying too much curiousity and arrogance was not too brutal with Polyphemus Rather the text would tend to indicate the Cyclops was justly punished for his own part in the tale Nevertheless Odysseus was punished He earns the wrath of Poseidon in the same way that almost any man would earn a fathers wrath if he deliberately blinded the son Odysseus is far too curious and arrogant He has no need to visit the land of the Cyclopes apart from finding out whether they are lawless or nice He and his companions are well fed and well provisioned and Odysseus knows how desperately keen everyone is to get home Nevertheless he is most eager to see these monstrous men he has heard about and his curiousity gets the better of him It has been suggested that his heroic metis gives him the foresight to take a skin of strong wine with him In this interesting scene Odysseus shows various undesirable qualities although arrogance and pride were probably considered perfectly acceptable in heroes as well as several heroic qualities It is his heroic qualities his metis his cunning his endurance which eventually get him out of his predicament alive Polyphemus less civilized and unfamiliar in dealing with any sort of social situation is shown as a monster with no human conscience and this representation would tend to indicate that Homer sees a need for Odysseus to triumph over the Cyclops Odysseus makes several mistakes he enters Polyphemus home and partakes of the Cyclops food without an invitation and when he and his companions are frightened at
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