The Long Odyssey Home Begins … poorly

Today is dedicated to another introductory segment of the Epic Poem “The Odyssey”, and the difficult journey’s beginning.

Today we’ll look at the section from 25:50, to 36:00.  The Odyssey home begins with difficulty, and foreshadowing the difficulty of the coming journey.

Here are some timestamps to analyze:

  • 27:20 – Odysseus’ son Telemachus is now a young boy.
  • 29:00 – The women in charge are struggling with how to handle Odysseus absence.
  • 35:00 – Land, but whose land is it?

Assignment for today: (10 points)

The Cyclops (Polyphemus) represents brute physical force. Try to figure out the puzzle: If you and your crew were trapped in his cave, how would you escape?

Facts: – 20 ton stone blocks the door

–          sheep leave twice a day

–          Cyclops will not respond to reason

–          He is 25 feet tall

–          He eats people

Watch from 25:50 to 36:00

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