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The Odyssey written by Homer is the story of Odysseus and how he faced misfortune in his attempts to return home after thewar From these misfortunes he learned to be a better man andable to regain his place in his homeland of Ithaca During his journeys Odysseus often makes the mistake ofto boast to his enemies but learns that doing so gives hisa chance to seek retribution against him After leaving Troyattacks the land of the Cicones Instead of leaving after hishe stays to celebrate until a force is rallied against him and heflee with many casualties Afterwards Odysseus and his crew landthe island of the Cyclops They are attacked and some are eatenPolyphemus After intoxicating the great Cyclops Odysseus andmen blind the monster with a heated spear The men could haveescape without incident but Odysseus mocked Polyphemus andhis real name when before Odysseus had told him that his nameNoman With this new information Polyphemus prays to hisPoseidon to have Odysseus and his men punished Having angeredPoseidon they must wander throughout the sea slowly dying one byOdysseus learns that bragging can have ill effects and uses this knowledge on the island of the Phaecians and Ithaca when he doesopenly boast of his deeds and his journeys Odysseus also learns to pay close attention to theof the gods or he might have to face a terrible price Whenand his crew landed at the island of Aeolus they were given agift that would have helped them greatly if they had paid heed towarnings of Aeolus He gave Odysseus a bag full of the bad windswould keep them from their home of Ithaca Odysseus and his crewin sight of the homeland they had waited so long to see when aof rebel crewmen opened the bag creating a great gale that blewback to Aeolus When Aeolus saw this he believed that Odysseuscursed and banished him from the island This is not the
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