In Book 9 of The Odyssey, what are two points at which Odysseus mentions a desire to return home?  Note: This question applies to what takes place before Odysseus' encounter with Polyphemus the...

In Book 9 of The Odyssey, what are two points at which Odysseus mentions a desire to return home?

 

Note: This question applies to what takes place before Odysseus' encounter with Polyphemus the Cyclops.

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At the beginning of Book IX, Odysseus is talking to King Alcinous and the rest of the Phaeacians at the feast.  At the start of the book, he begins to tell the story of what has happened to him.  Almost as soon as he starts talking, he mentions a desire to return home.  He tells the audience that

...there is nothing dearer to a man than his own country and his parents, and however splendid a home he may have in a foreign country, if it be far from father or mother, he does not care about it.

He says this to explain why he left Calypso's island.  This implies a strong desire to return home.

A second point in which he mentions the desire to return home comes when he talks about the lotus eaters.  He mentions how three of his men ate lotuses offered to them and no longer wanted to go home.  At that point, he forced them back on the ship and

told the rest to go on board at once, lest any of them should taste of the lotus and leave off wanting to get home.

Again, this shows very clearly that Odysseus is determined to return home.

 

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