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The Odyssey

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Polyphemus Cries Out for Help

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In Book IX, Ulysses winds up on an island of Cyclopes. Why do the other Cyclopes not help Polyphemus when he cries out?

A

When they hear "Noman" is attacking; they interpret it as "no man."

B

They do not hear him from outside the cave.

C

They are afraid they will also be blinded by Ulysses.

D

When they hear "Noman" is attacking; they believe it is Polyphemus' fate.

E

Because Cyclops have a strictly hierarchical society in which they do not help a leader who shows weakness.