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Question wk of 11/15 – THE ODYSSEY Book 9

Posted in Literary Discussion, Ninth Grade English at 8:15 am by Mrs. Jones

Please answer the following option in ARGUMENTATION BEFORE 3 p.m. Sunday in order to earn credit for the week.   Please include your first name, last initial, AND the hour you have English in.  This week, you are not allowed to agree or disagree with another student.

Option
Who – Odysseus or Polyphemus – is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men in Book 9 of The Odyssey?  You must use a quote from the epic, cite the book and line number correctly, AND write your answer in argumentation. Minimum of 5 sentences.

Sample Answer in Argumentation:  I am using a character NOT available to you for demonstration purposes only.

Odysseus’ crew is most reponsible for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey.  After the men view Polyphemus’ cave they tell Odysseus, “‘Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it?” (9:126-128).  Even though Odysseus denied their request, they should have insisted. If they would would have, they would have survived.  This is why the men are most responsible for the deaths.



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  1.    Alyssa S said,

    November 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey. Odysseus insisted on entering the cave to “befriend” the Cyclope Polyphemus, therefor he was the one who initially put them in danger. His men begged him to go back to the ship, but he denied their request. Since he would not let them return to safety, he’s the one who kept them in harms way. This proves Odysseus is the one who’s mostly responsible for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey.

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    •    Alyssa S said,

      November 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm

      I forgot to mention the quote in which they beg to return to the ship; “Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it?” (9:126-128).

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm

      Direct quote and citation missing

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  2.    Robert Hopkins 1st hour said,

    November 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    It was both odyseuss and polyphemus’s responsibility for the killing of his men. one reason is because odyseuss brought his crew as if they were looking for trouble. Odyseuss says to Polyphemus “You have eaten my men now you shall suffer”. So Odyseuss’s men are eaten two by two so he pokes the giant in the eye with a tree that he sharpened. So for that a curse is put on Odyseuss and the story ends there.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm

      Robert,
      When the question asks you to choose, especially if it’s argumentative, you really must take a position – one way or the other.

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  3.    Mackenzie R. 5th hour said,

    November 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    In the Odyssey, Odysseus and his men found their way into a cave, where the owner, Polyphemus the Cyclops, found them and ate some of them before they could escape. While this may seen to be Polyphemus’s fault, it is really Odysseus who is the most responsible for all these deaths
    happening to his men. It is mostly Odysseus fault since if he never
    decided to steal from Polyphemus, this wouldn’t have happened, or not
    nearly as badly. Odysseus admits to this, saying, “We…. took some
    cheese to eat (9:134).” Polyphemus should have, and had the right to,
    attack and kill Odysseus and his men right on the spot for that, as they were in another person’s home, stealing from them. Not only is stealing a barbaric act, it shows how desperate a is man and what depths he will sink to. Finally, Odysseus could have lied to Polyphemus about this, as Odysseus has done it before. “He thought he’d find out, but I saw through this, and answered with a ready lie (9:185-186).” Sure, lying isn’t a good thing, and should not be encouraged, however, when you lie to stop people from dying due to misunderstandings, it evens out to an acceptable level. While Polyphemus is not without his fair share of blame, it is Odysseus’s fault for being ill prepared and not showing all of his wily characteristics on the spot in order to stop such events from occurring.

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  4.    Sarah Young 1st hour said,

    November 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Odysseus most responible for the death of Odysseus’ men in book 9 of The Odyssey. Odysseus and is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men because after Odysseus and his men were on the ship and taken the giant sheep, which was what they came for, Odysseus felt that he should show Polyphemus how he had gotten beaten by people smaller than him, which made him responsible for the death of his men. Odysseus proudly proclaimed, ”Odysseus, raider of cities took your eye: Laertes’ son, whose hometown’s on Ithaca! ”(9:418-419) Bragging how Polyohemus had gotten beaten resulted in a curse set on Odysseus and his men. Polyphemus cried, ”O hear me lord, should destiny intend that he shall see his roof again among his family in his father’s land far be that day, and dark the years between. Let him lose his companions and return under strange sail to bitter days at home” (9:447-452). Odysseus was not only at fault for a curse set upon him and his men, but Odysseus also was responsible for the death of his remaining men. Odysseus had to suffer and had no friends or family to turn to. In closing, Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm

      Sarah,
      Be careful of spelling and grammar.

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  5.    Bassam L. 1 said,

    November 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Odysseus has the most responsibilty of his men. Odysseus was in the cave of Polythemus, when Odysseus antagonizes Polythemus.”O Cyclops! Would you feast upon my companions?(9:390) Odysseus was pushing his buttons. He wanted to be a smart-alic, therefore odysseus is responsible. This is why Odysseus is responsible.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

      Bassam,
      1. Note the correct spelling of the cyclops’ name: Polyphemus.
      2. I don’t think Odysseus was being a smart aleck; he was asking a legitimate question of the villain who had eaten some of his men. What would you have done?

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  6.    Nick I 4th hour said,

    November 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Polyphemus is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men. After Odysseus and his crew enter the cave, Polyphemus traps them all there. He then continues to eat a few of the men whenever he gets hungry. Such as when the story said Polyphemus ate the men, “like squirming puppies.” Polyphemus did not have to eat the men, he choose too. That is why Polyphemus is most responsible for the deaths of the crew.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

      Nick,
      You really should use a more substantial quote to support your position and citation is required.

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  7.    Leea F. 6th hr said,

    November 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    When it comes to who is at fault for the deaths of Odysseus’ crew in Book 9 of The Odyssey, it had been Odysseus whom had been curious enough to venture forth and explore the cave of the cyclopes. Being hubris as he was, as well, happened to play a role in ending the lives of several of his men. “We would entreat you, great Sir, have a care for the gods’ courtesy ; Zeus will avenge the unoffending guest.” (9: 170-175). Having sounded as if he were begging, or hoping for some sort of offering, reward, or anything, Polyphemus cared not for their custom, clearly spoken as he ate a few of Odysseus’ men. Perhaps he had been offended, or maybe reminded he didn’t care and just desired to prove them that he would rather not obey their askings. Eating them proved that loud and clear, thanks to Odysseus and his hubris.

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  8.    Kasie L. 4th Hour said,

    November 18, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Odysseus himself is responsible for most of the deaths in this book. Odysseus and his men stabbed Polphmeus’ eye, “… rammed it deep in his crater eye”(9:291-292). This act was Odysseus’ idea. When Polyphemus was stabbed he got very angry and went on a rampage, feeling with his hands and eating any humans he picked up. If Odysseus hadn’t aggrivated the cyclops, Odysseus’ men would have never been eaten.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

      Kasie,
      Polyphemus had already eaten four of Odysseus’ men before he was stabbed in the eye.

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  9.    Mackenzie G 2nd hour said,

    November 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I think Polyphemus is the most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men in Book 9 of The Odyssey. Odysseus had said about Polyphemus,”…he clutched at my companions and caught two in his hand like squirming puppies…Then he dismembered them and made them his meal”(9:192-195). Polyphemus didn’t have to be so violent with the men, regardless of them eating his cheese. He could’ve punished them, but death was not necessary. This is why Polyphemus is responsible for Odysseus’ men deaths.

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  10.    Leah B 4th Hour said,

    November 19, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I think it is Odysseus’ who is most responsible for the death of his crew in Book 9 The Odyssey. When his crew came up with the idea to steal the cheese and lambs, Odysseus wanted to “see the caveman, what he had to offer”(9:131). Odysseus’ decision caused him and his men to get trapped in the cave. It also did not help that Odysseus was antagonizing Polyphemus. These are the reasons why Odysseus is held responsible for the deaths of his crew.

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  11.    Tiara C. said,

    November 19, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Odysseus is most reponsible for 6 if his men death. In book nine it tells how the men jus wanted to take some cheese and leave.But Odysseus wanted to wait around for the cyclops. When they met the cyclops Odysseus started to demand food.Which made the cyclops mad and determine Odysseus and his men as food.Finally after the 6th men die they stole the sheep the harder way.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm

      Tiara,
      1. Be careful of spelling and grammar.
      2. A quote from the story and citation are required.

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  12.    Sammi S said,

    November 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I believe that Odysseus is responsible for the death of his crew. Once Odysseus led the men into Polyphemus cave, they were kind of trapped. Even though Odysseus only wanted the cheese, he had put his men in danger by bringing them up to the cave. Odysseus asked, “O’Cyclops would you feast on my companions? (9:390) and that’s exactly what Polyphemus did. This was his house that the crew was in, and even though they didn’t know Polyphemus ate humans Odysseus was the one who has went into the cave and brought his men along with him. This is why Odysseus is responsible for the death of his crew.

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  13.    Sarunas Cowell 2nd hour said,

    November 19, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths of his men. First of all, Odysseus was the brains behind the operation of him leading his men into the cave. secondly If not for Odysseus’s idea to stay in the cave everyone would’ve been allright for example, “I wished to see the caveman, what he had to offer- no pretty sight, it turned out for my friends.”(9:130-132) if it weren’t for his idea to stay in the cave and wait everyone would be alive and fine. Finally, Odysseus is to blame for the deaths of his fellow crew mates and no one other then him.

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  14.    Alex M 4th hour said,

    November 19, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Polyphemus is most responsible for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey. After Polyphemus comes back to his cave from a hard day in the feilds he meets the suprising shock on Odysseus and his men in his home. Once they see Polyphemus they ask him to treat them with respect and gifes like it is custom in that time. Polyphemus refuses and states “We cyclopes care not a whistle for you thundering Zeus or all the gods in bliss; we have more force by far” (9: 178-180). Even thought it is Odysseus and his crews fault that they were in the cave, Polyphemus refused to treat them respectfully. If Polyphemus would have treated Odysseus and his crew with respect all of the deaths could have been avoided.

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  15.    Alyse 2nd period said,

    November 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Odysseus is most responsible for the death of his men in Book 9 of The Odyssey. He could have tried to keep Polyphemus happy instead he choose to make matters worse by offending him. After eating two more of his men Odysseus’ says to Polyphemus “But you are mad, unbearable, a bloody monster.” If Odysseus would of kept silent he wouldn’t have lost so many men, but his pride got the best of him.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm

      Alyse,
      Since Polyphemus is a cannibal and doesn’t really follow customs and rules, do you really think he wouldn’t have eaten Odysseus men if Odysseus had been polite?

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  16.    Matt Porter said,

    November 21, 2009 at 12:43 am

    First of all, in the book 9 of “The Odyssey” several of Odysseus’ men die at the hands of Polyphemus, he is responsible for their deaths. Because all Odysseus’ men do is take some cheese, and Polyphemus reacts to drastically. He eats several of his men, just for cheese. Then he eats them for breakfast just because over cheese. Therefore it was Polyphemus’ fault that Odysseus’ men died

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:41 pm

      Matt,
      1. A quote from the story and citation are required.
      2. Do you really think Polyphemus ate Odysseus’ men to punish them or because he was a cannibal who finally had the opportunity to eat meat?

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  17.    David B. said,

    November 21, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Odysseus is responsible for the death of his crewmen because of his arrogance. Even after Polyphemus eats his fellow mariners Odysseus still antagonizes Pollyphemus when he shouts to him, “How do you like the beating we gave you?” (9:392-393). If Odysseus didn’t push Polyphemus around and was more polite, maybe his friends would still be alive. Odysseus’ arrogance proved fatal for his men. This is why Odysseus is solely responsible for the deaths of his crew.

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  18.    Christian Rico-Rodriguez 1st Hour said,

    November 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Odysseus is responsible for the death of his crew. First of all the crew said, “‘Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it?” (9:126-128). Odysseus could’ve said ok and they would have lived and gone and tried to get home.

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  19.    Cody McKay 4th hour said,

    November 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Odysseus is most responsible for the death’s of Odysseus’s men in Book 9 the Odyssey. When Odysseus lead his men into the cave, Polyphemus trapped them in their without even realizing it, at one point Odysseus says ” O cyclops! Would you feast on my companions?”(9-390). When doing this, he risked the fact that Polyphemus may do what he said, which would result in him setting up his men for murder. This is why Odysseus is most responisble for the death’s of his men.

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  20.    trevor c said,

    November 21, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Polyphemus is most responsible for the death of Odysseus’s crew. Because he had the chance to let them go, and did not. “He dismembered them and made his meal” (9:195). Odysseu’s crew said “if you let us go we will reward you”. Polyhemus said “why should I let you go, you are my meal?” Polyhemus did not listen to them. This is why Polyphemus is responsible for the deaths.

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  21.    Austin C 2nd hour said,

    November 21, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey. After Polyphemus eats two of Odysseus’ crew Odysseus has a chance to kill Polyphemus. Instead he refuses and states “If I killed him we perished there as well, for we could never move his ponderous doorway slab aside.” He should have just killed him and got it over with. That is why Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey.

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  22.    Austin C. 2nd hour said,

    November 21, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    forgot to cite quote *(9:207-209)

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  23.    Dylan C. 4th hour said,

    November 21, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    The Ciconian army is responsible for the deaths. The author says “…until the Ciconian army kills 72 of Odysseus’ men”(9;caption above 29). This is saying the army killed his men. It is very clear who killed them. The Ciconian army was responsible for the deaths.setout689

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm

      Dylan,
      Although you make an interesting question, the question asks is Odysseus or Polyphemus is most responsible. Also, your citation is incorrect.

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  24.    Alyssa M 1st hour said,

    November 21, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Polyphemus is responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men in Book 9 of “The Odyssey”. Once Polyphemus sees Odysseus and his men in his cave, Polyphemus gets angry. “Gaping and crunching like a mountain lion”(9:193-196), Polyphemus ate two of the men. Polyphemus ate the men like they were candy, he had no reason to kill them. If he would of just asked Odysseus to leave his cave then there wouldnt of been any problems, this is why i believe Polyphemus was responsible for the death of Odysseus’ men.

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  25.    Andrew J 1st hour said,

    November 22, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I believe Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths of his crew in Book 9. Odysseus wants to be nosie and search through Polyphemus’s cave. While Odysseus and his men are in the cave his men tell Odysseus, “‘Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, thow open all the pens, and make a run for it?” (9:126-128). He makes the men go in the cave and think they are going to take something and leave. But then Polyphemus comes back and they get stuck in the cave and some men get eatin for dinner and breakfast. This is why Odysseus is the main reason or most responsible for the deaths.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm

      Andrew,
      Odysseus never told the men they were going to take something and leave. From the beginning, he wanted to go exploring. His men made the request to steal the food and leave but Odysseus said no.

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  26.    Daisy N 4th hour said,

    November 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I think Polyphemus is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men in Book 9 of The Odyssey. He was the one who insulted Qdysseus at first by saying, “You are a ninny…” (9:177) Polyphemus dosent want to let them go because he is indifferent with them. Then later on Polyphemus kills Odysseus men “like squirming puppies”(9:193-196)He is emotionless when he kills the poor men that just want to go home.

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  27.    Robert H 1st Hour said,

    November 22, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Polyphemus was responsible for killing some of Odyseuss’s men. “Polyphemus picked up his men like squirming puppies” (9:193-196).
    Polyphemus called himself trapping Odyseuss and his men in the cave. So in order for them to get out alive they had to poke his eye out so they could get away.this is why Polyphemus is responsible for killing Odyseuss’s men.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm

      Robert,
      What does the fact that the crew poke out Polyphemus’ eye have to do with Polyphemus being responsible for the deaths? That statement doesn’t support your argument at all.

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  28.    David Spehar said,

    November 22, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Polyphemus is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’s men in book 9 of “The Odyssey.” After the men encounter Polyphemus and offer him gifts, Polyphemus, “… caught two in his hands like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, spattering the floor” (9:193-196). Even though Odysseus robbed his cave, Polyphemus could have not killed his men, by choice. Instead he decided to disobey the gods and kill his house guests. This is why Polyphemus is most responsible for Odysseus’s soldiers deaths.

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  29.    Matt B. 4th hour said,

    November 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths of his men. Odysseus states, “We would entreat you, great Sir, have a care for the gods’ courtesy; Zeus will avenge the unoffending guest.” (9:187-190). Of course Polyphemus was not afraid of what ever curse that Zeus had in mind. This caused Polyphemus to become angry with Odysseus and resulted in the deaths of his men. This is why that Odysseus was clearly at fault for the unfortunate deaths of his men.

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  30.    Ramone Griffin said,

    November 22, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I think odysseus wsa responsible for his men dieing. If he didn’t go in polyphemus cave his men would not have died. I believe polyphemus was just hungary and he didn’t wan’t to eat none of his sheep that is why I think odysseus is the one to blame.

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    •    Lalla Jones said,

      November 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

      NOTE: Spelling, capitatlization
      2. A quote from the story and citation are required.

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  31.    Katrina D 4th hour said,

    November 22, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Polyphemus is responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men in Book 9 of The Odyssey. After Polyphemus blocked Odysseus and the men in the cave Polyphemus became hungry. Polyphemus,” caught two in his hands like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, spattering the floor. Then he dismembered them and made his meal, gaping and crunching like a mountain lion.”(9:193-196). Odysseus could not stop Polyphemus from killing his men. This is why Polyphemus is responsible for the deaths of Odysseus men.

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  32.    trevor kerr 2nd hour said,

    November 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I think it Odysseus’ fault for the death of his men. If they would have never went in the cave they wouldnt have gotten stuck. He could have just took some cheese then left but he stayed.

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  33.    Nick M 4th hour said,

    November 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Odysseus- crew is most reponsible for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey. He is most responsible for the deaths fo his men. Because they go into Polyphemus cave and his men eat Polyphemus’s food. Then the try and give him his food but instead he eats one of Odysseus men.

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  34.    Gage M. 6th hour said,

    November 23, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey. Odysseus set out with his willing, brave men to see if Polyphemus was friendly. Odysseus admits, “We… took some cheese to eat”(9:134). Stealing is no way to become friends with someone and it is a good enough reason to kill them for it. Odysseus and his were basically insulting Polyphemus by stealing from him in his own home. Therefore, Odysseus is at fault for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey

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  35.    ian O'Ray said,

    November 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I truly think it is Odysseus’ fault of his men’s deaths. Odysseus shouldnt of been roaming arond someones home. I sure wouldnt like it if someone was walking arouund my house. If you think of it as a giand’s point of view and you were houngry and angry, you’d probrably eat those men too. After the men are eaten Odysseus stabs Polyphemus.”Odysseus, raider of cities took your eye: Laertes’ son, whose hometown’s on Ithaca! ”(9:418-419).

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  36.    Thomas V 2nd hour said,

    December 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Odysseus is responsible for his men dying. He told Polyphemus, “We took some cheese to eat,” (9:134). When he told Polyphemus this he gave him a reason to eat his men. He gave him a reason because he figured well Odysseus and his men ate my food, I should just eat his men. That is the reason why it is Odysseus’s fault his men got killed.

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  37.    Brandon B said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths in Book 9 of The Odyssey.
    the resons are when they saled on to polyphemus’s land they went into his cave and ate all of his cheese there was a little amout left for polyphemus to eat for himself. polyphemus was feeling mad because of odysseus men ruining his cave that is why polyphemus started to eat the men.

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  38.    Alex C. 4th hr. said,

    December 7, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I think its Odysseus’s fault for his men being ate. He was the rude one, who had to be noisey and snoop around Polyphemus’s cave. Also he was mean to cyclops when he was sleeping he stabed a sphere threw his eye, that blinded him and caused him to eat his men for payback. “Odysseus, raider of cities took your eye: Laertes’ son, whose hometown’s on Ithaca! ”(9:418-419).

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  39.    Amanda M. said,

    December 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Odysseus is most responsible for his mens death because he insists that they go snopp around the cyclops cave. Then he says to his men “I wished to see the cavemen, what he had to offer-…”(9:130 & 131) Another reason Odysseus is responsible for his mens death is because, in the end when were about to get away. He screams to Polyphemus “Odysseus, raiderof cities, took your eye: Laertes son, whosehome’s on Ithaca!”(9:418 &419) Which Polyphemus was upset and put a curse on him and his men. That they will never get home and if they do it will take forever, and that all his men will die. So if Odysseus wasn’t hubris and said that Polyphemus wouldn’t have been able to put a curse on Oysseus and his men. Then all his men wouldn’t have died. So those are the reasons I think Odysseus is responsible for his mens death over Polyphemus.

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  40.    Blake L. 2nd hour said,

    December 7, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Polyphemus is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men in Book 9 of “The Odyssey”. Soon after Polyphemus finds Odysseus and his men he begins to eat two of Odysseus’ men, “Gaping and crunching like a mountain lion”(9:193-196), Polyphemus ate and killed the men without a justifiable reason. Death is an extremely cruel punishment for intruding and eating some cheese, especially considering the guest customs of the times. Polyphemus could of asked Odysseus’ and his men to simply leave, avoiding any problems. Instead he killed Odysseus’ men, thus proving Polyphemus is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men in Book 9 of, “The Odyssey”

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  41.    Jacklyn C said,

    December 8, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Polyphemus is responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’s men in Book 9 of The Odyssey. When Polyphemus locked Odysseus and the men in the cave Polyphemus became hungry. “Polyphemus caught two in his hands like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, spattering the floor. Then he dismembered them and made his meal, gaping and crunching like a mountain lion.”(9:193-196) Polyphemus ate four of his men, therefor he was most responisble for the deaths of Odyesseu’s men.

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  42.    Amber V 4th hour said,

    December 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Odysseus is most responsible for the deaths of his own men in Book 9 of The Odyssey. When Odyseus says to Polyphemus, “O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions?” (9:390), he is pretty much asking for it. If you’re going to say that to someone you should expect it to happen. Therefore, Odysseus is the cause for the deaths of his men.

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  43.    Katie K. 6th hour said,

    December 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I think it is Odysseus’ who is most responsible for the death of his crew. because Odysseus wanted to “see the caveman, what he had to offer”(9:131). because odysseus was curious he caused him and his crew to get trapped in the cave putting him and his men in danger.

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  44.    Alexa B 1st hour said,

    December 11, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I am doing this for the extra credit opportunity.

    Odysseus is most responsible for the death of his men in Book 9. The men pleaded with him to go back to his ship. “My mencame pressing round me, pleading: ‘Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back… and make a run for it? …We say put out again on good salt water!’ Ah, how sound that was! Yet I refused.” Odysseus had the good and sensible option to go back, and even his conscience was telling him to do so. But his curiosity took over and he led them in against their wishes. The men wanted very much to go back, but Odysseus recklessly ignored them. Therefore Odysseus is at fault for the men’s deaths.

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  45.    Stacy J. 4th hour said,

    December 11, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Polyphemus is most responsible for the death of Odysseus’ men in Book 9. When the men went into the cave, Polyphemus trapped them in there and killed some of his men. He ate them, “gaping and crunching like a mountain lion” (9:193) Therefore, Polyphemus is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men in “The Odyssey.”

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  46.    Alyse 2nd period said,

    December 12, 2009 at 11:32 am

    What is a hero? A hero is somebody that you can always count on to pull you through. Somebody that it good in character and moral. My hero in my life is my grandma.

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  47.    Katia A. Barranco, 4th hr. English. said,

    December 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    (makeup for this week) i was absent that week,this is the makeup fo it.Trying to see if i’m able to at least earn some credict for that week .

    In my opinion, Odysseus is the most responsible for the deaths of his own men. When Odysseus and his men land on the land of the Cyclopes, they spend several days feasting on wine and wild goats and observing the mainland, where the Cyclopes live. On the third day, Odysseus and his crew of men set out to learn if the Cyclopes are friends or foes. Once they get closer to the mainland, at the end of the bay, they find a cavern, where a prodigious man slept in his cave alone. Odysseus and his men climb to the cave while Cyclops(Polyphemus) is pasturing his sheep, and take a look around. Then they ask Odysseus: “Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it? We’ll drive the kids and lambs aboard. We say put out again on good salt water!” (9:125-129). Their plan was to steal some food and then escape, but unfortunately, Odysseus disagrees. Then, Cyclopes finds out and he eats some of the men. That was Odysseus fault because if he would have agreed to his crew’s plan maybe everything would have turned out fine. Thy would have been able to escape and probably get some help to continue their journey to their way home.That’s why i think odysseus is more responsible for the men’s deaths.

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  48.    Lauren Sherman 6th hour said,

    January 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I think Polyphemus – is most responsible for the deaths of Odysseus’ men in Book 9 of The Odyssey. Polyphemus traped Odysseus’ men in his cave. He got hugery. “caught two in his hands like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, spattering the floor. Then he dismembered them and made his meal, gaping and crunching like a mountain lion.”(9:193-196). Odysseus couldn’t stop Polyphemus from killing his men.

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  49.    sarunas cowell said,

    September 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Wow I can’t believe these are still here from freshman year, oh boy how time flies :)

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