I need a quote from when Odysseus thinks he can withstand the Sirens when approaching the island. He has too much pride.if thats not wat happened then anything else that explains how he has too...

I need a quote from when Odysseus thinks he can withstand the Sirens when approaching the island. He has too much pride.

if thats not wat happened then anything else that explains how he has too much pride

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Odysseus didn't think he could withstand the Sirens. That's why he took Circe's advice to tie himself to the mast of his ship. One event where is pride is illustrated is when he brags and taunts Polyphemus.

In Book IX:

Cyclops, if any one of mortal men shall ask thee of the unsightly blinding of thine eye, say that it was Odysseus that blinded it, the waster of cities, son of Laertes, whose dwelling is in Ithaca.

Odysseus blinds the giant, then taunts and rubs it in his face. This would be like robbing a bank and leaving your name and address with the police.

In Book I, Athena asks Zeus why Odysseus has been on Calypso's island for so many years. He tells her that it's because Poseidon is still angry at Odysseus for blinding his son, Polythemus. Poseidon may have made trouble for Odysseus for blinding his son, but the taunting is often seen as the last straw for Poseidon. Odysseus' pride leads to Poseidon's vengeance. Revenge and pride cause each other. Revenge is key for both Poseidon and in the end, for Odysseus against the suitors.

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