Why didn't the cyclops' friends help him in The Odyssey by Homer?

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kathik eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus and his men arrive on the Land of the Cyclopes. There, they come across the cave where Polyphemus, the cyclops, lives and help themselves to his giant cheeses and other food and drink. When Polyphemus returns, he blocks the men in and proceeds to eat two of them for dinner. Odysseus gives him wine, and tells Polyphemus his name is "Nobody" or "No Man," and after Polyphemus falls asleep due to the wine, Odysseus puts out his one eye with a sharpened pole he's heated to a coal in the fire. Polyphemus screams for help, but when the other cyclopes arrive outside his cave, they ask him who is hurting him, he answers, "Nobody!" and they leave.

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Odysseus uses his cunning skills and resourceful nature to trick the Cyclops, polyphemus. In this book of the epic poem homer shows the true leadership skills of Odysseus by showing how Odysseus responds in life threatening situations. Odysseus, when isĀ first introducing himself to the Cyclops he calls himself 'nobody' which confuses the other Cyclops when polyphemus is in trouble. Polyphemus calls out to the others saying 'nobody is attacking me'.