Chapter Titles: Prologue, Ships and Men, The Ciconians, The Lotus Eaters, The Cyclops' Cave, Keepers of the Winds, Cannibal Beach

Date/Week: 11th of April/Week 3


Obstacles, problems, situations, ordeals and dangers faced by Ulysses:

The first problem Ulysses encountered was that he and his men captured a whole lot of loot. And of course they refused to leave any of it behind. So because of the loot, all the ships could only bring a limited amount of food and water. Another obstacle that Ulysses faces is after the fight against the Ciconians, he looses eighteen men(6 from each ship), from the remaining men, and most of them are seriously injured. Something else that endangered Ulysses and his crew was when Aeolus, keeper of the winds & Poseidon's son, sent a northeast gale into the sea. Aeolus was ordered to do this because Poseidon woke up from his sleep to find Ulysses and his crew communicating with the naiads. The next situation that Ulysses faces is when he and his crew spend the night at Lotusland, the Lotus-eaters surrounded his crew with flowers which had the power to make them sleep for much longer than they intended to. Because of these flowers, the crew felt like it would be better to stay in Lotusland and not have to feel so hungry all the time.

Ulysses' method for overcoming these obstacles:

Sometimes, Ulysses makes no effort to solve his problems. For example, with the loot & food and water problem, in the ened, Ulysses just left all of it behind on the homeland of the Ciconians.For the loss of his eighteen men, he just went on with his journey. After all, there wasn't musch he could've done about it. And for the big gale issue, he just let Poseidon win and went with wherever the wind took him.

Traits and qualities shown by Ulysses in the way he overcomes those obstacles:

Some traits and qualities that Ulysses shows is the fact that he's determined to overcome the problem in the most simplest way. He also showed that he is a very strong person and nothing can bring him down. One trait that i think he showed is the way he was obedient to whatever Aeolus or any other god said.

Direct quote examples to support my findings:

-"This meant that each if his ships could carry food and water for a very few days."-Page 3
-"But eighteen men were left dead on the beach(six from each ship), and there was scarcely a man unwounded."-Page 7

New or unusual vocabulary and meanings(in my own words):

-Mast: a structure form which rises above the upper part of a ship
-Savage: to be fierce or ferocious
-Appeased: the state of being at peace and quiet

Examples of imagery:

-Page 5: "... swooping down upon the white city like wolves upon a sheepfold."
-Page 5: "... and felt their greed burning in his veins."
-Page 4: "... and the three ships scudded along joyfully under a fat moon"

A defining visual image of the week's reading:


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This picture of a strong man represents Ulysses because he had to be tough when it came to all the difficult problems.


Chapter Titles: Circe, The Land of the Dead, The Wandering Rocks, The Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis
Date/Week: 20th of April/Week 4

Obstacles, problems, situations, ordeals and dangers faced by Ulysses:

The very first problem he encountered was that only forty-five out of one hundred men were left after several weeks. This is a problem because it will be extremely difficult for Ulysses to carry on with his journey. Another problem he had was that he almost got trapped in Circe's palace. Also, Circe had attempted to turn all of Ulysses's men into swine, and succeeded. One obstacle he had was that in the chapter 'The Wandering Rocks', the rocks were constantly trying to get in his way of reaching this destination. Another ordeal that came into Ulysses's way is the Sirens. They are probably 8 ft tall and they could destruct any living thing with their voices.

Ulysses' method for overcoming these obstacles:

Like I said in my previous entry, Ulysses sometimes doesn't make an effort of any kind to solve his problems. Most of the time, he just lets the problem go away by itself. But in some cases, he does do some kind of action to solve the problem. For example, in the chapter 'the Sirens', He made sure his men plugged their ears to make sure they didn't hear the Sirens' voices. As for himself, he had to keep his ears open in order to stir the ship properly.

Traits and qualities shown by Ulysses in the way he overcomes those obstacles:

Some traits the Ulysses showed was that he is caring to his men and also very loyal. He also showed that he could stay strong in any problem brought up.


Direct quote examples to support my findings:

"In the darkness they lost sight of the rocks. But they could hear them clashing and moaning, keeping pace with the ship."-pg. 85
"... a rocky islet where dwell two sisters called sirens, whose voices you must not hear."-pg. 86
"Now this castle you're going to is Circe's and she is a very dangerous person..."

New or unusual vocabulary and meanings(in my own words):

-Skiff: a small boat
-Gorge: eat in a greedy way
-Dwindled: get smaller in size

Examples of imagery:

-"... a pack of wolves and lions running together like dogs..."
-" The bright flax leaped through her fingers as if it were dancing to the music in her voice. The men stood and stared. The sun seemed to be trapped in her hair"

A defining visual image of the week's reading:




Chapter Titles: The Cattle of the Sun, Calypso, Ino's Veil, Nausicaa, The Return
Date/Week: 25th of April/Week 5

Obstacles, problems, situations, ordeals and dangers faced by Ulysses:

One obstacle that occurred was that Ulysses's men ate the cattle even though they weren't suppose to. Another obstacle that happened was that Calypso tried to make him forget about trying to go home and just stay with her instead. One problem is that just as Ulysses arrived to his homeland, there were many suitors that wanted to marry Penolope.

Ulysses' method for overcoming these obstacles:



Traits and qualities shown by Ulysses in the way he overcomes those obstacles:

One trait the can represent Ulysses is the fact that he was smart when attempting to solve his problems.

Direct quote examples to support my findings:



New or unusual vocabulary and meanings(in my own words):

-seize: to take hold
-scour: to clean a surface
-lance- a spear

Examples of imagery:

-"... garments and hair ablaze and hissing like cinders ..."
-"His shoulders felt as though they were being torn apart by red-hot pincers."
-"... his raft came sooting up like a cork."

A defining visual image of the week's reading: