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An interesting question. Specifically, that episode suggests that Odysseus' men can't control their physical responses. They simply give in to the taste and languor of the lotus. Given how long they have been traveling, and what they've been through, it also suggests a more humane explanation: they are so tired they want to escape. They've fought, they've sailed, and they just want to rest.
I think it's because they wanted to sattisfy their hunger...of course they're just humans! But I feel some hint of dissatisfaction there...after they have had enough, they must keep in mind that they still have to finish they're goal...
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