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Describe Scylla and Charybdis in The Odyssey and the important decision Odysseus makes...

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mbert21 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 15, 2013 at 1:04 AM via iOS

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Describe Scylla and Charybdis in The Odyssey and the important decision Odysseus makes about them.

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henryscholar | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM (Answer #1)

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In Homer's Odyssey, Scylla is a six-headed, man-eating monster positioned across a narrow strait from an enormous ship-swallowing whirlpool, Charybdis. Odysseus' dilemma is how to navigate through the narrow strait without encountering one or the other. But following the enchantress Circe's advice - that it would be better to lose some of his sailors than the entire crew - Odysseus decides to steer his ship by the cliffs where Scylla has its cave. While the crew is transfixed by the spectacle of Charybdis, Scylla emerges and devours six men, one for each mouth of the monster. Thus, despite the loss of some crewmates, Odysseus is free to continue his journey home to Ithaca. 

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