The Adventures of UlyssesBernard Evslin

Thursday, April 11, 2012
Chapter Titles: Prologue, Ships and Men, The Ciconians, The Lotus Eaters, The Cyclops’ Cave, Keeper of the Winds, Cannibal Beach

In each of the chapters in the book of “The Adventures of Ulysses” written by Bernard Evslin, Ulysses has a problem. Most of the problems he has are hunger, dehydration, and fatigue of his men. With the existence of problem, come disadvantages. Many of Ulysses’ men are either eaten or killed. In the chapter of “Cannibal beach”, Ulysses’ men were at risk. Ulysses has lost the whole crew for 2 ships. It was all from knowledge. Ulysses had asked 2 of his men (one by one) to climb up a tree to see what’s happening, but both of them did not come back after some time. Ulysses then decided to climb the tree himself. He then realizes that what he was climbing was not a tree, but a giant (cannibal giant-they eat humans). He then ordered his men to run for the ship, but somehow, it was too late. The problems for Ulysses were actually simple. They FIRSTLY came from the God of the sea, Poseidon. There was many misunderstanding between both of them, so problems arise.

To overcome these problems, Ulysses mostly uses his knowledge for he is a very smart person. Here are the examples of Ulysses using his knowledge; In the Cyclops’s cave, he tricked the giant, Polyphemus. He tricked him by having him called “Nobody”. After a series of events, Ulysses and his men could escape from the creepy Cyclop’s Cave. Quote: “My Name? – Why I am “Nobody” Page 2. Ulysses is also brave at overcoming these obstacles he faces. Even though he is afraid, he covers his fear with courage, and that is what makes him an unique person.

Like any other human beings, Ulysses also shows traits, feelings while overcoming problems/obstacles. Even though Ulysses is known for his bravery, he sometimes can show his fear. Unlike other men, Ulysses covered all his fear with patience, and wisdom. Ulysses was really scared when he landed into a weird island called the “Cannibal Beach”. He was also afraid when knowing that what he was climbing wasn’t a tree, but a humongous giant.
Quote: “Ulysses head swam with fear. Fear Pried at his legs and arms, and he had to clutch the trunk with all his strength to keep from falling” Page 44.

Examples of Imagery used in “The Adventures of Ulysses”
  1. “It was all swimming redness.” Page 21
  2. “Polyphemus lay on his back, snoring like a powersaw.” Page 22
  3. “A huge screeching, curdling bellow split the air.” Page 33

Unusual words / vocabularies in “The Adventures of Ulysses
  1. Vessels – Something used like transportation on water, usually bigger than a boat.
  2. Prow – The edge / front part of a ship
  3. Loot – Something taken dishonestly, by force
  4. Bade – Past Tense of “Bid”
  5. Flailing – Something used for separating grain and their seed
  6. Foundering – To become wrecked, fail
  7. Clusters – A number things that are the same kind
  8. Propped – To support, prevent from falling
  9. Tethered – Chain, Rope. Something used to tie an animal, transport, etc.
  10. Bellowing – To roar
  11. Beckons – To signal, summon
  12. Woes – State where you are in pain, sad
  13. Moored – To secure something in a place. Ex: The boat is moored
  14. Stag – An adult male deer

A defining Visual Image of the week's reading:
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Ulysses & Polyphemus















Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Chapter Titles: Circe, The Land of the Dead, The Wandering Rocks, The Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis

In each of the chapters in the book of “The Adventures of Ulysses” written by Bernard Evslin, Ulysses has a problem. Most of the problems he has are greed. The problems encountered by him are solved by his cleverness. After being advised by the wise ghosts (it is more like a prophecy), Ulysses went the direction they ask him to go. He could not resist it, even if he wanted to. Ulysses once want to turn another way since he does not want to risk his men and his life, but the rocks forbid him to go. The rocks are called as the “floating rocks” because it floats in the seas. Firstly, Ulysses went to resume his journey and went to “The Sirens”. The Sirens are 2 witches that have beautiful songs, more beautiful than people can imagine. Here, Ulysses and his men must resist the beautiful songs produced by the Sirens. If Ulysses and his men could not resist the beautiful songs produced by the Sirens, they will dive into the sea and went to the place of the Sirens. That would be bad, because the Sirens would ate the men or his Ulysses. With his cleverness, Ulysses and his men could pass the place. As shown in the prophecy of the wise ones, Ulysses continues his journey to the 2 monsters, Scylla and Charybdis. Charybdis and Scylla were once beautiful naiads related to Poseidon, king of the seas. Charybdis was placed at the left side of the cave, while Scylla was placed at the right side of the cave. Scylla was turned into a spidery-monster with 12 legs and 6 heads by Poseidon’s wife, while Charybdis was turned into a monster that spits out waters form the sea by Zeus (Charybdis is very smart, she took over many of Zeus’ land)

To overcome these problems, Ulysses mostly uses his knowledge for he is a very smart person. Here are the examples of Ulysses using his knowledge; during his journey (The Sirens) Ulysses covered his men’ ears with soft wax to protect his men from the beautiful singing voices of the Sirens. With this idea, Ulysses can cross the island of the Sirens smoothly.

Like any other human beings, Ulysses also shows traits, feelings while overcoming problems/obstacles. In these chapters, Ulysses shows his trait of sadness. He shows his hidden trait while attacking the monsters Scylla and Charybdis. He shows the trait of “sadness” when 6 of his crewmembers were eaten alive by Scylla.

Examples of Imagery used in “The Adventures of Ulysses
  1. “There was a roaring of waters” Page 74
  2. “… To much exposed to this bone-bleaching airs” Page 81
  3. “His eyeballs started out of his head” Page 88

Unusual words / vocabularies in “The Adventures of Ulysses
  1. Tread: Walk in a specified way
  2. Slung: Past participle of Sling (A device for hurling stones or other missiles)
  3. Tapestry: To furnish, cover
  4. Swine: Any stout (Heavily built)
  5. Venerable: Commanding respect because of great age or dignity

A defining Visual Image for the week's reading:
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Ulysses & The Sirens




Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Chapter Titles: The Cattle of the Sun, Calypso, Ino’s Veil, Nausicaa, The Return.

In each of the chapters in the book of “The Adventures of Ulysses” written by Bernard Evslin, Ulysses has a problem. The problem Ulysses mostly has in these chapters is connected with his men. In the end, Ulysses encountered some personal problems. In the island of the cattle of the sun, Ulysses lost all of his men because of eating the cattle’s of the sun. This causes Ulysses’ men to never see the world again. That was the main problem for Ulysses (lost all his men). Ulysses himself had also encountered a problem with marriage and girls. Calypso, who wanted Ulysses as her husband, would not Ulysses return to his homeland until Athena beg for forgiveness. Hermes then went to Calypso and asks permission for Ulysses to went back to his homeland. After a lot of hard problems to encounter, Ulysses went to face the last battle: To get his queen (wife) back to his side and to kick the suitors out from his castle. Ulysses had finished his personal mission by having the queen made the trial for the suitors to try the great bow of Ulysses. Ulysses (disguised as a beggar) had won the trial and had returned home.

To overcome these problems, Ulysses mostly uses his knowledge for he is a very smart person. An example of that is when Ulysses decided to kick all his wife’s suitors out of the castle as well as retrieving the long-lost wife, Penelope. He disguised himself as a beggar close to Ulysses, wins the queen’s interest, ask the queen to held a trial for the suitors to try Ulysses’ bow, and other sports. He then won the trial, which made the suitors leave the palace / castle, and win back Penelope. “Killing 2 birds with 1 rock”

Like any other human beings, Ulysses also shows traits, feelings while overcoming problems/obstacles. In these chapters, Ulysses could not restrain his overflowing feelings for the love for his wife, Penelope. “For her presence set up a great, shuddering, tenderness inside him, and he knew that he had to keep himself hard and cruel for the work that lay ahead.”

Examples of Imagery in The Adventures of Ulysses”
  1. “Let fly your spears – first you, then you, then the rest. And after each cast of spears let us move closer to the benches” – Page 171
  2. “Thank you, good friend. Now go tell your queen, Penelope, that the contest had been decided, and the winner claims her hand” – Page 172
  3. “I promise you. I will teach you everything you want to know. I have come home” – Page 172

Unusual words / vocabularies in “The Adventures of Ulysses
  1. Reeds: A tall – slender leaved plants
  2. Swineherd: A person who tends pigs
  3. Vermin: Wild mammals and birds that are harmful to crops
  4. Stile: an arrangement of steps that allows people but not animals to climb over a fence or wall.
  5. Guild: a medieval association of craftsmen or merchants, often having considerable power.

A defining Visual Image for the week's reading:
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Ulysses & The Cattles of the Sun