The Odyssey by Homer

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What are the challenges that Odysseus had to face on his journey home?

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Odysseus faces many challenges on his journey home. To name a few: his sailors are captivated by teh lotus-eaters, he engages in battle with Polyphemus the cyclops, he is caught in a storm sent by Poseidon, and he is captivated by the Sirens. His entire journey home is ridden with challenges.


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Odysseus faces a number of challenges on his way home, including:

  • sailors captivated by the lotus-eaters
  • a battle with Polyphemus, a cyclops
  • a storm sent by Poseidon
  • an encounter with a witch
  • being captivated by the Sirens
  • encounters with the monsters Scylla and Charybdis
  • punishment by Zeus 

On the way home from war, Odysseus's soldiers are captivated by the lotus-eaters, who try to feed the men fruit that will cause them to forget their desire to go home.

Next, Odysseus and his men get trapped in the lair of Polyphemus, who eats some of the men. Odysseus blinds Polyphemus, and the cyclops calls out to his father Poseidon, who sends a storm to punish Odysseus. Later, Odysseus refers to the encounter with...

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