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There are several moments when this happened. If you are in 9th grade, you are likely reading this out of your literature book. In the section titled "The Lotus Eaters" the men had just eaten a flower that had drug-like effects. They had no cares, and no feelings. They had no desire to return home. So, they didn't really move. They had to be physically taken back to the ship and forced to stay there.
Just before "The Lotus Eaters" there is a section that placed Odysseus and his men on Ismarus, the land of the Cicones. These guys fought with Odysseus men and when Odysseus told them to go back to the ship, they did without a question.
When you write a question, it helps to know the section of the text you are referring to and the version of the story.
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