Odysseus Adventures Essay

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Answer #1 The twelve adventures refer to the delays and the obstacles that Odysseus had to overcome in order to return home from the Trojan war. First, they arrive in the land of the Cicones. In the Land of the Lotus-eaters, his men forget their longing for home when they eat flower-food. Second, at the Cyclops' cave, his men escape being eaten only by blinding the one-eyed Polyphemus. As a result, Poseidon threatens Odysseus with much suffering and the ultimate loss of all of his men. Third, King Aeolus bags all of the storm winds. On a stormless sea, Odysseus may get safely home soon. But his men open the bag, and thereby let out a terrible storm. Fourth, at the Land of the Laestrygens, giant cannibals eat all but one of Odysseus' ships. Fifth, the enchantress Circe turns Odysseus' scouting party into pigs. But Hermes, the messenger of the gods, gives Odysseus an herb against a similar fate. Sixth, Odysseus has to meet with the spirit of the prophet Teiresias. Seventh, Odysseus has to get past the Sirens without their songs luring his men to their deaths. Eighth, Odysseus has to get his men past the hateful, deadly monster Scylla. Ninth, Odysseus has to get his men past the whirlpool of Charybdis. Tenth, Odysseus has to meet with the swineherd Eumaeus. Eleventh, Odysseus suffers the death of his faithful old dog. For Argos recognizes his master. But Odysseus pretends not to know him. And twelfth, Odysseus faces the final challenge of being recognized, through a childhood scar on his foot, by his lifelong nurse Eurycleia. These last obstacles are the challenges that he faces in returning home and eliminating all of the rivals for his wife Penelope's affections. Answer #2 In the land of the Cicones, the Trojan heroes kill the men and do as they please with the women. The Cicones then go and get relatives who are trained in fighting to come and defend their

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