In the story of Odysseus, what happens after the men eat the lotus plant?


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In chapter nine of the "Odyssey" by Homer, after Odysseus' men eat the lotus plant, they become blissful and apathetic and forget all about their desire to return home. Odysseus must force them back onto the ship and carry them away against their will.

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According to Odysseus's narrative of his adventures in the "Odyssey," after raiding the town of Ismara and fighting a fierce battle with the Cicones, he and his men flee after incurring heavy losses. The survivors, after enduring nine days of stormy winds, arrive on the island of the lotus eaters, who feed on a type of flower with narcotic properties. Odysseus and his men land to secure fresh water. After he and his crew have a meal, Odysseus sends three men to explore the land. The lotus eaters are peaceful and give Odysseus's men some of the flower to eat. The men forget all about their mission and sailing to their homeland, desiring only to remain with the lotus eaters and consume the intoxicating flower.

Although his men weep when they are pulled away from the lotus eaters, Odysseus drags them back to the ships and ties them beneath the benches. He calls the rest of his men to depart immediately, so that no one else falls under the spell of the intoxicating lotus flowers. They sail away to another island where they feast on wild goats and wine.

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