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The Odyssey The main character of Homers Odyssey Odysseus is a cunning man The Odyssey is a tale of Odysseus long and trying journey home after fighting in the Trojan War On his way home he upsets Poseidon god of the sea by blinding Poseidons son In retaliation Poseidon strives to make Odysseus sail home to his kingdom as hard as it can be During this odyssey Odysseus encounters many enemies and must use his cunning to keep himself and his men alive When first setting off from Troy Odysseus and his men find themselves at the island of the Cyclopes While seeking shelter Odysseus and a few of his men find a cave inhabited by a Cyclopes named Polyphemus When the Cyclopes returns Odysseus gives his name as Nobody When the men ask for food and shelter Polyphemus immediately kills one of them Realizing that him and his men are in grave danger Odysseus gets the Cyclopes drunk and punctures his eye while he is sleeping When the men escape Polyphemus tells his fellow Cyclopes Nobody friendsNobodys killing me now by fraud and not by force Pg 224 The other Cyclopes disregard his tantrum immediately and Odysseus makes a safe escape When Odysseus finally returns home he arrives at the house of his swineherd While disguised as a beggar Odysseus creates a false identity to test the swineherd for loyalty to his king I hail from Cretes broad land Im proud to say and I am a rich mans son And many other sons he brought up in his palace born in wedlock sprung of his lawful wife Unlike my mother She was a slave a concubine hed purchased yes but he treated me on par with all his true-born sons- Castor Hylax son Pg 308 By doing this Odysseus can figure who in his kingdom is loyal and trustworthy without disclosing his real identity The suitors that infested his house
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