The Odyssey

Why do the other Cyclopes fail to help when they respond to his cries for help ?

book IX

the Cyclopes

part two

poseidon's son

page 1112-1123

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Odysseus cunningly told the cyclops, Polyphemus, that he was named "Nobody". As a result, when Polyphemus was screaming in horrible pain after Odysseus (Nobody) stabbed him with a stake in the eye, the neighboring cyclopeses yelled to Polyphemus to see if he needed help. Polyphemus responded that nobody was attacking him.