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jess323 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2008 at 6:15 AM via web

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What happens when Odysseus visits the land of the lotus eaters?

What happens to Odysseus and his men when they visit the Land of the Lotus Eaters?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted November 26, 2008 at 6:47 AM (Answer #2)

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When Odysseus and his men eat the lotus plant, it makes them forget their longing for home.  All they want to do is eat the lotus plant and stay there.  This is bad because Odysseus wants to get home to his wife and son.  The people of the lotus plant are very friendly, but the intoxicating plant is dangerous because it makes them forget.

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cis | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2009 at 9:00 AM (Answer #1)

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That's the only thing I have to add to troutmiller's response...

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bella11 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM (Answer #3)

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yes they did and they didn't want to go back home because they were addicted to the lotus plant. yup they were :D

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jonnysteinz | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM (Answer #4)

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what is the moral or lesson to the episode of the lotus eaters?

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mlgendron7 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM (Answer #5)

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When they arrive in the land of the Lotus Eaters, Odysseus sends out a total of three men (2 men and a runner) to explore the island. These three men eat the Lotus and lose "their hope of home," which means they forget about their entire goal: to go back to Ithaca. Odysseus warns the rest of his men not to eat the Lotus and ties up the three men in an attempt to bring them home anyway.

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