Jessi's Odyssey: Books 9 and 10 (Book 9 (Plot (Final Tale, the Cyclops…
Jessi's Odyssey: Books 9 and 10
Odysseus reveals himself to be himself and begins to tell stories of his trip, beginning with the sack of Troy.
The First tale of his adventures:
His crews arrive in Ciones where they attack and kill the people and take their women as wives. The men remained on shore, and the Ciones and their neighbors retaliated and killed some of their men. The men sail off course because of a typhoon sent by Zeus.
Odysseus and his men wash up on the island of the lotus. The people their are friendly, but when Odysseus sends his men to scout out the terrain, they refuse to return after eating the lotus. Odysseus calls his men back into the boat and chain up the traitors.
Final Tale, the Cyclops:
The men are washed up on the Cyclops isles. The isles are full of bountiful crops despite no planting, and many goats and sheep.
The Nymphs provide cattle for the men to hunt, treating 9 to each group and 10 to Odysseus'. The men celebrate and feast
Following the feast, Odysseus take some men with him to meet a cyclops. They stay in his cave waiting to see if he will bring gifts. Upon his return, the cyclops notices him after his chores at home.
Odysseus asks him to be hospitable and provide gifts for his guest (milking the rule in my opinion), but the cyclops has no respect for Zeus. The cyclops says no and kills two of Odysseus' men and eats them.
The next morning when the cyclops goes out, Odysseus and his men craft a weapon out of a walking stick. When he returns Odysseus gets him drunk on wine and the Cyclops says his hospitality will be killing him last. Odysseus says that his name is Noman. The Cyclops then passes out. Odysseus and his men stab the giant's eye and blinds him.
Odysseus ties rams together so that the men can escape on the underside of them. The men escape, taking the livestock with them.
Odysseus taunts the Cyclops as they sail away and the cyclops throws a rock. Odysseus calls out again revealing his name. The Cyclops wails about a prophecy and how Poseidon will save him. Odysseus rudely denies and sails away. The cyclops prays to his father Poseidon that Odysseus never return home, and if he doers, that he lacks honor. Poseidon grants this prayer.
A group of giants ask about the commotion and when they hear that no man attacked them they believe that he is sick and that he should pray to his father.
The Ciones are a group of people that Odysseus and his troops attacked. They killed and stole wives and stole, but eventually they and their neighbors retaliate and fight back.
Polyphemus is the cyclops that keeps Odysseus and his men in his cave, and kills them off. It is revealed his father is Poseidon and that it was prophesied by Telemus that he would be loose his sight to Odysseus.
Telemus is said to have soothsaid at the land of the cyclops.
Civilization: The cyclops have none of the Greecian ideals like agriculture or govenrnment, and on top of that they are canibals, the highest form of glutony.
Odysseus' fleet reaches the floating island of Aeolus. He gives him a bag with wind to help him with his journey.
When Odysseus sees land, he finally rest and sleeps. As he sleeps his troops grow jelous of the treasure he got and open the bag of wind. The wind blows them back to Aelous' palace.
Aelous and his family harshly turn him away because they believe he is hated by the gods.
They go to the land of Laestrygonia and all of the ships except Odysseus' go to the harbor. The people of the land turn out to be giants that kill and eat all the men in the harbor, leaving Odysseus' as the last remaining ship.
They sail to the land of Circe. She turned half of Odysseus's men into pigs by feeding them poison.
With the help of Hermes, odysseus gains a root that makes him immune to the poison.
They stayed with Circe for a year then Odysseus goes to her to see if they may leave.
Circe says that they must first go to Hades and consult the dead prophet Tiresias who would help him with his journey.
The youngest crew member falls from the attic, drunk, and dies.
Aeolus is a king and the guardian of the wind. He is welcoming of Odysseus at first, but then he sends him away the second time.
The land of Laestrygonia is the land of the cannibal giants. Odysseus looses most of his men to them.
Circe is a beautiful goddess. She is tricky and attempts to turn the men into pigs. Her voice is beautiful and negotiates with Odysseus by requesting physical stuff.
Elpenor: the youngest crew member of Odysseus. He was very drunk and fell out of Circe's attic and died.
Civilization: the Cannibals are once agin reflected by the fact that they are not part of greecian ideals.