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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?
When they hear "Noman" is attacking; they interpret it as "no man."
They do not hear him from outside the cave.
They are afraid they will also be blinded by Ulysses.
When they hear "Noman" is attacking; they believe it is Polyphemus' fate.
Because Cyclops have a strictly hierarchical society in which they do not help a leader who shows weakness.