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In a smithy

one sees a white-hot axehead or an adze

plunged and wrung in a cold tub, screeching steam-

the way they make soft iron hale and hard-:

just so that eyeball hissed around the spike.

-The Odyssey,

Homer

Based on the epic simile, how should the poem's listener picture the Cyclops's eye?

A. like a smithy's shop full of interesting tools

B. like a soft, cold piece of iron

C. like a hissing piece of hot metal in cold water

Answers (1)
  1. Jayda
    C would be the proper simile. Just like taking a hot axehead and plunging it into cold water, Odysseus plunged the spike into the Cyclops's eye, leading to a hissing sound as it was being punctured.
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