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After the Cyclops kills and eats two of Ulysses' men, he falls asleep. Ulysses states "I was at first inclined to seize my sword, draw it, and drive it into his vitals."
What stops him?
His fear that the Cyclops will wake up and kill them all.
He fears angering Jove by harming his host.
Even if he kills the Cyclops, he and his men will still be trapped in the cave.
He lacks the bravery to take action.
Mythological creatures should be afforded great respect.