The Cyclops were unique and unusual mythical people. They had very interesting lives. They had an unusual beginning and they had an unusual lifestyle. Also, the Cyclops appeared to be completely different when described by opposing viewpoints. Overall, the Cyclops were an unconventional race in mythical legends.
The Cyclops had an intriguing origin. They were the eldest sons of Mother Earth, Gaia, and Father Heaven, Uranus (Evslin 1). While the Cyclops were still in the womb of Gaia, Uranus got jealous of the babies. He sent a bat to eat one eye out of each baby to make them hideous and thus make everybody hate them (Evslin). Because of what Uranus executed, the baby Cyclops were born with one eye. They grew to be of gigantic size (Hamilton 65). This beginning of the era of the Cyclops proved to be a unique situation.
Although the Cyclops were born disfigured they led attracting lives. The Cyclops had a brother named Cronos who killed his father Uranus (Evslin 13). Since everyone was afraid of the Cyclops (2), Cronos punished them by tricking them into imprisonment. Zeus, the son of Cronos and the new god king, freed them after Cronos had imprisoned them (31). The Cyclops were very good smiths (12). They forged thunderbolts for Zeus because he freed them (Schmidt 74). A war was in the midst so the Cyclops made armor and weapons for the gods of Olympus (Evslin 39). Even though the Cyclops performed all of these good deeds the people still disliked them so much that they were forced to return to their smithy in the middle of a volcano for eternity (71). The Cyclops lives were filled with helpfulness to others, but they were still shunned and hated.
The Cyclops were basically good people, but there were other Cyclops. Homer wrote of Cyclops that were extremely bad. They were downright savage shepherds (Schmidt 74). They were so savage that they did not give a thought before they devoured humans. They almost ate Odysseus, the main character of the Odyssey (75).
The Cyclops were born disfigured and hated. Though shunned by many people, the Cyclops helped the gods and were basically kind to everyone. Other Cyclops were bad but nonetheless an appealing tribe of people. The Cyclops suffered greatly, but although they suffered, they continued to lead exciting and productive lives.