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What foolish blunder does Odysseus commit as he leaves the Cyclops' island in The Odyssey by Homer?

In The Odyssey, as he leaves the Cyclops' island, Odysseus's foolish blunder is telling Polyphemus his name, which means that Poseidon, Polyphemus's father, can take revenge on Odysseus and his men.

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Odysseus and his men find themselves in a tight spot when they encounter Polyphemus, the giant one-eyed cyclops and barbaric being. Polyphemus, much stronger than any of them, traps the men in his cave and begins to eat them. It is clear he is going to keep them like livestock and slowly use them as a food supply.

Physical force is not going to work effectively against Polyphemus, and he is not going to listen to reason or behave mercifully. Therefore, Odysseus has to use his wits to engineer an escape. He does this by getting Polyphemus drunk and then poking his eye out with a burning log.

The surviving men, along with Odysseus, are able to get to their ship by hanging on to the undersides of Polyphemus's oversized sheep. They are all successfully escaping by sea when Odysseus makes his...

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