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The Cyclops Character Analysis

The Cyclops is a giant creature with one eye. He falls in love with Galatea and tries to seduce her by trimming his beard and gathering animals for her. Despite the Cyclops’ professions of love, Galatea rejects him for Acis. Angry and envious, the Cyclops chases Galatea and Acis and tries to crush Acis by throwing a mountain at him.

The Cyclops Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by The Cyclops or refer to The Cyclops . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 15: Pythagoras Quotes

The earth supplies nourishing food in lavish
abundance; she offers you feasts that demand no slaughter or bloodshed.
Here is the wondrous wealth which the earth, the kindest of mothers,
produces; and yet you are happy to bite cruel wounds in your victims,
chomping them up with your teeth in the grisly style of the cyclops.
You have no way of relieving the hunger-pangs of your greedy,
uncivilized bellies except by destroying the life of another.

Related Characters: Pythagoras (speaker), The Cyclops
Page Number: 81
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The Cyclops Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character The Cyclops appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 13: Acis, Galatea and Plyphemus
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...story: Galatea is in love with Acis, the teenage son of a woodland nymph. Meanwhile, the Cyclops , a giant creature with one eye, falls in love with her and stubbornly pursues... (full context)
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The Cyclops climbs to a high cliff over the sea, neglecting his herd of sheep. He pulls... (full context)
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The Cyclops calls to Galatea in his song, asking her to emerge from the water and live... (full context)
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The Cyclops finishes his song, then lumbers away through the woods. Suddenly, he notices Galatea and Acis... (full context)
Book 14: Achaemenides’ Story: Ulysses’ Men in Polyphemus’ Cave
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...the Greeks had sailed away, Achaemenides wanted to call after them, but he was afraid the Cyclops , who was wandering nearby, would hear him and kill him. The Cyclops tore through... (full context)
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Achaemenides was afraid the Cyclops would eat him, just as he ate several of the Greeks before they managed to... (full context)
Book 14: Macareus’ Story: Ulysses and Circe
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Wary after their encounters with the Cyclops and King Antiphates, only a small group of Greeks went to Circe’s palace. A pack... (full context)