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Summary The Odyssey The Odyssey written by Homer is the story of Odysseus and how he faced misfortune in his attempts to return home after the Trojan war From these misfortunes he learned to be a better man and became able to regain his place in his homeland of Ithaca During his journeys Odysseus often makes the mistake of staying to brag to his enemies but learns that doing so gives his enemy a chance to seek retaliation against him After leaving Troy Odysseus attacks the land of the Cicones Instead of leaving after his victory he stays to celebrate until a force is rallied against him and he must flee with many casualties Afterwards Odysseus and his crew land on the island of the Cyclops They are attacked and some are eaten by Polyphemus After intoxicating the great Cyclops Odysseus and his men blind the monster with a heated spear The men could have made an escape without incident but Odysseus mocked Polyphemus and shouted out his real name when before Odysseus had told him that his name was Noman With this new information Polyphemus prays to his father Poseidon to have Odysseus and his men punished Having angered Poseidon they must wander throughout the sea slowly dying one by one Odysseus learns that bragging can have ill effects and uses this knowledge on the island of the Phaecians and Ithaca when he does not openly brag of his deeds and his journeys Odysseus also learns to pay close attention to the instructions of the gods or he might have to face a terrible price When Odysseus and his crew landed at the island of Aeolus they were given a parting gift that would have helped them greatly if they had paid
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