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How is Odysseus' curiosity shown in Odyssey 10 and how did it hurt him?

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hellobook | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted March 22, 2013 at 4:38 AM via web

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How is Odysseus' curiosity shown in Odyssey 10 and how did it hurt him?

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noahvox2 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted July 2, 2013 at 11:33 PM (Answer #1)

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In Odyssey 10, the issue of curiosity is more problematic for Odysseus’ men than for Odysseus himself.

Early in the book, Odysseus’ men make a colossal mistake when they become curious about the bag of winds that Aeolus had given Odysseus. Odysseus and his ships have almost made it back to Ithaca when Odysseus falls asleep. The ships were within sight of the Ithacan shores when Odysseus’ crew decided to untie the bag that Aeolus had given to Odysseus. Thinking that the bag contains treasure or other valuables, Odysseus’ crew unwittingly releases the winds which propel the ships back to Aeolus' island. Unfortunately, Aeolus would not give Odysseus another bag of winds. 

After leaving Aeolus' land, Odysseus and company arrive in the territory of the Laestrygonians. This race of giants was immediately hostile to the three men that Odysseus sent to meet them. Eventually, the Laestrygonians attacked Odysseus' ships and destroyed many of them. 

After leaving the land of the Laestrygonians, Odysseus arrives at the island of goddess Circe. Odysseus’ men venture into the presence of Circe, who turns them into pigs. Odysseus later comes ashore and arranges for them to return to their previous form. 

Thus, it seems to me that in Odyssey 10 the curiosity of Odysseus' men causes more problems for Odysseus than Odysseus' own curiosity does.

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