In the beginning Odysseus taunts the cyclops which almost gets him and his men killed by Cyclops throwing a bolder.
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When Odysseus taunts the cyclops he is full of himself and overly prideful. He takes all the credit, calling on his own name. This act of pride angers the gods who are really responsible for his victory, and in turn they punish him by making his route home treacherous......... Poseidon showed him what was what!
Fully humbled, he doesn't make the same mistake twice. Upon his arrival home the suitors immediately get his goat, but he finally has the where with all to keep silent and make sure none know his true identity until the right time offers itself.