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The Odyssey

by Homer

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In this part of "The Odyssey", Odysseus and his men offer Polyphemus (the cyclops) bags of wine.  He proceeds to drink the wine and falls asleep.  While the cyclops is sleeping, Odysseus and his men sharpen a tree branch and use it to stab Polyphemus in the eye, which disables him from being able to see.  When others hear the cyclops screaming, they run to see what happened and ask him who did this to him. Because Odysseus had told him that his name was "Nohbody", Polyphemus responds by telling the other cyclops that, "Nobody hurt me."  Therefore, they don't bother trying to help him and the men end up having blinded the cyclops and are able to escape the next day. 

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