Odysseus and his men are stranded on Helios’ island. Odysseus warns the men that they may not eat Helio’s cattle for fear of the fierce god’s retribution. After a month of continual storms and gales, the food has run out. Dehydrated and hungry, Odysseus and his men are faced with the decision to face an excruciating death by starvation, or take the risk of eating the forbidden cattle. While Odysseus withdraws to the interior of the island to seek guidance from the gods, the men are left without his guiding leadership.
As you plan your response, you may like to consider one or two of these questions
- What does Eurylochus say to persuade Odysseus’ men to slaughter and eat the cattle of Helios?
- What is their choice?
- Do the members of the crew deserve the punishment they receive for killing the cattle?
- What role does Fate play in events as they unfold?
- Is Eurylochus a hero? Why or why not?
- Eurylochus wants to choose his own death. What does this say about him?
- How is Odysseus not heroic in lines 899-902?
- What speech does Helios (the sun!) make? And what reply does Zeus make? What are we to learn from each of these?
- Why does Odysseus have to go back through Charybdis? Why is this important?
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