"He spoke and slumped away and fell on his back, and lay therewith his thick neck crooked over on one side, and sleep who subdues allcame on and captured him, and the wine gurgled up from his...

"He spoke and slumped away and fell on his back, and lay there
with his thick neck crooked over on one side, and sleep who subdues all
came on and captured him, and the wine gurgled up from his gullet
with gobs of human meat."

What is described here?
A. The Cyclops is drunk and vomiting.   B. The Cyclops' eye has just been gauged.   C. The Cyclops has eaten three goats and fallen asleep.   D. The Cyclops has been poisoned by Odysseus.

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teachsuccess | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The answer to your question would be A) The Cyclops is drunk and vomiting.

In Book 9, the Cyclops, Polyphemus, is holding Odysseus and his men captive in his cave. According to Odysseus, the blood-thirsty Polyphemus has already made a meal out of four of Odysseus' men, and the situation is getting desperate. However, Odysseus soon comes up with a great idea. Spying the Cyclops' wooden staff lying near one of the sheep pens, Odysseus and his men carve about six feet off the club and proceed to sharpen one end to a point. Odysseus tops the whole sharpening project off by hardening the sharp end in fire. The goal is to blind the Cyclops.

In need of a diversion, Odysseus plies the Polyphemus with some wine. The Cyclops is delighted and drinks to his heart's content. He gets so drunk that he falls over:

As he spoke he reeled, and fell sprawling face upwards on the ground. His great neck hung heavily backwards and a deep sleep took hold upon him. Presently he turned sick, and threw up both wine and the gobbets of human flesh on which he had been gorging, for he was very drunk.

The above is the description of a drunk Polyphemus throwing up wine and pieces of human flesh. It is only after Polyphemus has passed out that Odysseus and his men proceed to use the sharpened end of the beam to blind him.

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