What are some traits of Polyphemus in The Odyssey by Homer?

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Polyphemus is a cyclops found in the ninth book of The Odyssey by Homer. Physically, he is a giant with one eye in the middle of his forehead. Odysseus and his men find food in Polyphemus' cave and while they are there, Polyphemus returns and "locks" them in by covering the cave entrance with a huge stone. The men quickly learn what kind of giant Polyphemus really is. He is extremely strong, he is violent, cruel, and worst of all, he is a murderer. Not only does he kill some of the men by throwing them against the wall, he also eats them raw.  Before Odysseus is able to get his men out of the cave, Polyphemus eats two more men for breakfast. 


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