Ulysses has been told of two monsters guarding the narrow waterway to Thrinacia. Scylla and Charybdis are the names of these creatures. Each monster lives beneath a huge rock on either side of the waterway.

Charybdis lives beneath the rock on the left- hand side of the strait. She was once a beautiful naiad and the daughter of Poseidon. She was consuming a lot of land to claim it for her father. The land was being turned into ocean. Zeus (the god of the sky and the Earth) was raged and turned her into a hideous creature. She was now a monster whose whole face is one mouth and arms and legs are flippers.

Scylla, also a beautiful naiad, lived on the right-hand side of the waterway. At first sight, Poseidon had fallen in love with her. The wife of Poseidon, Amphitrite, got extremely jealous and turned Scylla into the most disgraceful monster. She looked like a spider with twelve legs and six heads.

Ulysses was heading toward the middle of the strait to avoid Scylla's tentacles and Charybdis's whirlpool. As he was in the middle of the waterway, he had forgotten to calculate the location of the ores. This caused Scylla to grab the ores and jerk the boat towards her. As she was whipping her tentacles around, she grabbed six men and ate them whole. Ulysses had no time to be frightened; he had to continue his voyage to Thrinacia.

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Scylla- She was once a beautiful naiad and was then turned into a spider with twelve legs and six heads.

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Charybdis- She was once a beautiful naiad and was then turned into a monster with her whole face being one mouth and arms and legs being flippers.

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Ulysses- Ulysses had many good characteristics, and one of them was bravery. Not many can face monsters like he did. Also, he was very unhesitant. Though he did not make these vast decisions without consequences, he did not pause to use time that he didn't have.


How will Ulysses get by the two monsters?
(Person vs. supernatural)


Ulysses was going to go toward the middle of the strait so neither monster could reach the ship.

Figurative Language:

-The roaring of the waters grew louder and louder (Personification)
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-Ulysses saw the polished shafts of the oars which had been dipping and flashing so regularly suddenly snap in twigs. (Simile)

-She it was who road the hungry tides after Poseidon had stirred up a storm, and led them on to the beaches, gobbling up whole villages, submerging fields, drowning forests, claiming them for the sea. (Both Personification)
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-She won so much land for her father's kingdom that Zeus became enraged and changed her into a monster, a huge blatter of a creature whose face was all mouth and whose arms and legs were flippers. (Imagery)

Lessons Learned:

1. Greed will not get you anywhere. Ex. Charybdis was very greedily taking land from Zeus and claiming it for her father.
2. In a sudden situation, don't hesitate. Ex. Ulysses could not hesitate when six of his men were taken when traveling through the narrow waterway.
3. If you have something special, don't let it go. Ex. Poseidon was untruthful to his wife by falling in love with Scylla.
4. When you are raged do not take it out on others. Ex. When Charybdis was taking land from Zeus he got mad and turned her into a monster; taking his anger out on Charybdis.

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Connections to Modern Day:
In politics, people get greedy for power and do whatever it takes to get what they want. Charybdis felt so full of herself that she selfishly took the land she wanted for her father.