The blood boiled around the hot point, so that
the blast and the scorch of the burning ball singed all his eyebrows
and eyelids, and the fire made the roots of his eye crackle.
As a man who works as a blacksmith plunges a screaming
great ax blade or plane into cold water, treating it
for temper, since this is the way steel is made strong.
In this paper, I will argue that although the surface meaning of this passage is that the sound of the cyclops sizzling eye is the same as the sound of a blacksmith plunging a great ax blade into cold water to make the steel of it strong, the deeper meaning of the passage is that Odysseus blinding the cyclops is a direct correlation to Odysseus’ blind need for glory and his willingness to do anything to make sure that he achieves it.
There are numerous instances where Odysseus sacrifices the lives and well-being of others to satisfy his need for glory. During his journey home from the war, Odysseus put himself and his crew in various dangerous situati...
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