The Adventure of Ulysses

By Bernard Evslin


Chapter: Prologue-Cannibal Beach

12th April 2012
After winning the Trojan war, Ulysses sailed home with some crews in a boat, they brought many fine treasures and wealth from Troy so they brought just some food because there weren't much space left. During the journey home Ulysses faced many problems because God of the Sea, Poseidon was mad at him for his huge wooden horse idea in using his name and all. First, Ulysses attacked this island for food and more wealth as he was persuaded by Eurylochus, they had a big feast on the beach. But then during the feats, the Cinocians (kinsman of village) attacked them for stealing their wealth. Ulysses's man, full of wine and food wasn't ready to fight although they did see them storming from the hill. Ulysses shot arrows to their horses' leg causing it to cripple and made enemies fell and all. Ulysses and his crew went back to the ship, leaving all the treasures they took from the island and sail away. From that battle, eighteen were dead. Ulysses realized that the boat were full of treasures and no space were spared for food or drink so he and his crew throw treasures from Troy down to the sea causing the naiads to come and dived around them. Poseidon got even madder, he signaled Aeolus and made the ship went north-west to what we call today, Libya. Way back then, Libya is where Morpheus plays (son of Hypnos, God of sleep). There were flowers there that tastes incredibly delicious but they make you sleep. Ulysses and his crew ate the flowers and fell asleep. Morpheus made sailors' dreams good but he can't change Ulysses' because Ulysses' a hero. Ulysses woke up from his awful nightmare, he was so hungry he ate more flowers but then he realized those flowers made him sleep so he stood and bring all of his crews back to the ship with his last strenght and sailed away. Then Ulysses arrived at an island where Cyclops lived. The Cyclops tried to eat them but then Ulysses gave him wine and fooled him, the Cyclop got drunk. Ulysses quickly stabbed the one eyed monster's eye and sailed away. Next, Ulysses went to Aeolus, the keeper of the winds and son of Poseidon. Aeolus helped Ulysses sailed to the right direction but then Aeolus also gave him bag of winds that will make the boat sailed to wrong direction if he opened it. Ulysses' greedy sailors thought it's a bag of gold, they opened it and made the boat sailed to a different yet wrong direction. Ulysses met Aeolus again and asked for help when Aeolus told him he cant because the Gods despised him. So he sailed to this island and was attacked by cannibal giants.

Ulysses threw the treasures of Troy away to the water for space for food and drink. He was also able to try to stop eating the Lotus flowers in Lotus Eaters Island and carried his men back to the ship. He was also able to trick the cyclops and sailed away. Ulysses was also able to defend his crew from the Cinocians by shooting arrows to their horses causing it to cripple and making the enemies fall and all. He was also able to survive from the Cannibal giants who tried to kill them by slashing his blades to the giants.

Ulysses showed very smart strategies and has very good leadership skills. He fooled the cyclops by making his name, Nobody and gave the one eyed monster wine and stabbed its eye and able to sail away. He also has smart ideas about defense like making the Cinocians' horses cripple by shooting arrows at its legs causing the Cinocians to fall and all. He also was able to stop himself from eating the Lotus and carry his men back to the ship. He has good leadership skills because he was able to manage his crews in some situations. Although he did give too much trust in Eurylochus on attacking the Cinocians' island causing eighteen men died. He also mistaken by telling the cyclops his name making them able to pray to the Poseidon to punish Ulysses which Poseidon did grant.

New Words

Boulder: A detached and rounded or worn rock
Exert: To put forth or into use
Oarlocks: Any of various devices providing a pivot for an oar in rowing, especially a swiveling, crutchlike or ringlike metal device projecting above a gunwale.

Imagery

"For he knew that what he had seen painted on the walls of his sleep was meant to come true and he was sailing straight to nightmare."- Pg 15
"At the end of the third night, just as the first light was staining the sky"- Pg 28
"His sword sleeps in its sheath."-Pg 37

Quotes From the Book

"He aimed only at the chariot horses, and aimed not to kill, but to cripple, so that the horses fell in their traces, and their furious flailing and kicking broke the enemy's advance."- pg 7"If anyone else asks you, it is not Nobody, but Ulysses who has done this to you!" pg 26

Symbolic Image

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This is this week's defining image. I drew this on MS PAINT. It's a ship with a sail that has 6 symbolic pictures that represent stuffs in Ulysses's journey so far. The eye is of course about the cyclops chapter with Nobody as Ulysses's fake name. The picture with C/U is the Cinocians attack chapter. The flowers with 3 different coloured paper is of course the Lotus Eaters chapter. The sun represents the Cannibal Beach chapter. The wind or the curvy lines represent the Keeper of the Winds chapter and the last symbol with crown and cross represents how the Gods despised Ulysses.

20th April 2012

Chapter: Circe-Scylla and Charybdis
Ulysses faced more problems as he continued his journey from the island where cannibal giants lived. Ulysses and his crew went lacking of food and water again on the way which meant that they have to risk going to an island to get some food and water. First Ulysses went to this island alone because he didn't want to risk anymore of his crew's life. He found a stag which walks gracefully, remembering his and his crew's hunger, he killed the stag and ate it with his crew. The next day some of the crews went to this castle where Circe lived, a female sorcerer/wood nymph. She turned Ulysses's crews to pig. Ulysses made Circe turned them back but have to be her temporary "husband". Ulysses also have to sailed to the Land of Dead by the River of Styx which had been prophesied. Ulysses met his dead mom, Achilles, his mate at the Trojan War who told him about the Sirens and warned him as well and met Ajax as well, his rival in taking Achilles' golden armor after he died. Then Ulysses went to this place where there are Wandering rocks and many ghosts. One of his crews got killed and became a gull. Then Ulysses used beeswax to overcome the Sirens or singing maidens that looks like a bird. When they sing and you hear, you'll dive and it'll kill you. He used the beeswax to make earplugs for his crew. He didn't use them so he can led the ship but then he was tied into a pole so that he won't dive and die. Then Ulysses met Scylla and Charybdis who used to be beautiful naiads but turned into horrifying monsters, one to human-spider and one to human-octopus. Both each ate 6 of Ulysses crews means minus 12 crews out of Ulysses' pack.

Ulysses got help from people surely and one of them is from the messenger god, Hermes. He overcame Circe's spell by Hermes flower that prevented Circe's drugs. He also managed to went out of the Land of the Dead safely. He got warned by Achilles after Ulysses gave him such compliments which advantaged him with the Sirens. He also used Beeswax as ear plugs which is such a good idea to avoid the Sirens but then he wanted to listen to the Sirens but then told the crew to bound him which is a pretty bad idea because he would've died. He also managed to react fast when Scylla and Charybdis ate his crews alive by sailing away fast.

Ulysses showed very courageous actions like going to the island alone where Circe's lived. He also was brave to hear the Sirens sing which is a courageous but kind of stupid idea. Ulysses also showed very good leadership skills in organizing his crews and managing the ship. He was also such great thinker like in making earplugs and got the warning from Achilles. Although he did kind of sometimes didn't think far enough for some situations' or action's consequences.

New Words

Oath: To keep a promise
Loom: Apparatus to weave a fabric
Splinter: Sharp piece of wood

Imagery

"..choose a form for your lovers that matches their nature and which they must wear when they are no longer men..."pg 70
"..but no crack of light appeared in the sky. The darkness would not lift."pg 72
"His eyeballs started out of his head."-pg 88

Quotes From the Book

"Dumbfounded, Ulysses saw the polished shafts of the oars which had been dipping and flashing regularly..."-pg 94
"No, I do not let them die. I changed them into animals, and they roam this beautiful island forevermore." pg 67

Symbolic Image

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This is this week's defining image. The whole fire would describe Ulysses's journey to the Land of the Dead or Tartarus. You can also see some stuffs inside the fire, the pig describe Ulysses's journey when meeting Circe and how Circe turned Ulysses' crew to pigs and sent them to the sties and how Ulysses have to make Circe change them back in conditions of Ulysses being her husband. The skull with a music note described the Sirens, their music will kill you, pretty much the main factor of how Sirens can be very dangerous. The octopus hand and the spider legs described Scylla and Charybdis.

26th April 2012
Chapter: The Cattle of the Sun-Return
As Ulysses went out of Tartarus safely and continued his journey, he faced more obstacles. As usual they lacked of food and water, the food that have been given by Circe is lacking and the water kegs is almost empty so they landed to this island which they figured out belongs to Hyperion, the Sun-Titan. Hyperion kept his golden kine/cattle there which is absolutely forbidden for people to hunt them even for Gods' offer. Ulysses and his crews' have been told in Tartarus about the cattle so they only ate wild pigs, sea animals and others although there are no rabbits, other stags. The men grew hungrier and hungrier and they cannot sail away because the strong south wind kept blowing keeping them beached. So when Ulysses fell asleep, Eurylochus and the crews secretly killed the golden cattle and burned it as an offering to the gods. Hyperion was mad and told Zeus. Ulysses woke up finding them roasting the cattle, although all the crews' promised to be killed if they tried to roast the cattle. Although Eurylochus stooped Ulysses and made him eat and lied to him telling its another stags. After eating, Ulysses found out and tried to kill them but Eurylochus stopped him and told him about the south-wind. But as soon as they went to the boat and sailed, wild west wind came hurling and made Ulysses ship broke down making all of his crews' dead except for him. Then he found himself in Ogygia, where Calypso lives, she's one of the Titans brood. Calypso made Ulysses her husband and trapped him in Ogygia although smart Ulysses made Calypso found out about his homeland Ithaca from the burning log. Calypso taught Ulysses in using the log but Calypso forbids the log to show about Ulysses' homeland which made Ulysses grew more curious. Then Ulysses made a bird flew to Ithaca and told him what's going on there. His wife , Penelope was packed with stupid suitors, forcing her to choose one of them as she's claimed to be a widow thought that Ulysses is dead, specifically rich widow and his son is 20 years old already. Ulysses made an offering to the God to help him go back to Ithaca, goddess Athene heard him and made a conference with all of the gods. They all agreed to help Ulysses as Poseidon was absent because he was riding his waves to Africa. Athene helped Ulysses and made Calypso let go Ulysses, Poseidon didn't figure out at first because it was told that his food was drugged by Athene at the feast/dinner. But then when Poseidon woke up, he made Ulysses's raft shipwrecked again by his waves but then Ulysses was helped by Ino, this female who has been hurt by Poseidon and is willing to help Ulysses for revenge. Ino wrapped him in a her veil so that Ulysses won't get drowned. Ulysses landed on a beach and quickly threw Ino's veil back to the water as they can find their way back to Ino. Ulysses charmed Nausicaa, an enchanting princess as the whole kingdom figured out about Ulysses after Nausicaa sang about battle of Troy and Ulysses confessed. Ulysses went back to Ithaca, finally although again prophesied, he'll be a stranger in his own homeland, kingdom. Ulysses became a servant at the castle and met his wife, Penelope although he didn't confessed about himself. Penelope was desperate because of the suitors so she made a competition of who can strike the 12 'holes' with Ulysses' bow. Nobody was able to do it, Ulysses offered to try although people forbid him, thinking that he's a beggar although Ulysses' son allowed him. Ulysses was able to strike all 12 'holes', people constantly figured out it's him. Ulysses was absolutely mad at the suitors so with the help of his friend Eumaeus and his son, Telemachus, they killed all the suitors.

Ulysses overcame many troubles and was able to be back to his homeland, Ithaca. He overcame the troubles he got with Calypso by making an offering to the god and asked for help which is actually a pretty good idea as Athene helped him although as Poseidon broke his raft and boiled him with the waves, Ino helped him by giving him her veil to stop him from drowning. He also overcame the troubles he got as he went back to Ithaca with the packed of suitors by killing them all which is actually pretty worth it for calling him a beggar, under-estimated him, wanting his wife and to let go all his stress he got from the terrible, long journey and also for the suitors who hurt his son.

He showed again lots of courage and braveness and skills in leading. He showed courage in almost every actions he made during the journey to overcome the troubles he got from offending the god, Poseidon. He showed skills in leading the pack like searching for food in the island that belongs to Hyperion. Although he did some mistakes like not being discipline enough to his pack in Hyperion's island making his pack roast the golden cattle and ate it. Then made Zeus killed all of his crews and shipwrecked him. He also did show very good strategies in going back to Ithaca and look for help as well which makes him a thinker person and very smart, I suppose. He also did a very thoughtful, ruthless action which is killing all the suitors well surely, the killing part is ruthless but it is also thoughtful because not only he can protect his wife, Penelope and make an example for everybody not to disturb his wife again.

New Words

Wrath: Strong, stern, or fierce anger
Trot: (of a horse) To go at a gait between a walk and a run
Shaft: A long pole forming the body of various weapons

Imagery

"It was a sparkling morning." pg 130
"Great waves broke over his head,..." pg 125
"The winds leaped, the water boiled." pg 125


Quotes From the Book

"...So all I ask you, great king, is a ship t

o take me to Ithaca, where my wife waits, my enemies wait, my destiny waits." pg144
"...Let her take a man who can bend my bow. For that man alone will be strong enough to serve her as a husband, and Ithaca as a king." pg 163

Symbolic Image

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This is this week's defining image. The massive 'I' represent Ulysses' return to Ithaca. The pool of blood represent how Ulysses killed all of his wife's suitors. The green thing represent Ino's veil that saved Ulysses from Poseidon's waves and prevent Ulysses from drowning. The cattle represent the cattle that belongs to Hyperion. The log represent Calypso as her tool in checking out outer world's situations. The lyre represent Nausicaa in singing songs about Troy and its mighty heroes.