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In Greek mythology, Scylla is a many-armed rock monster that eat sea travelers,

while Charybdis is a whirlpool. The two represents of having just two unavoidable,

almost equally negative, unpleasant, or harmful choice, or decision that must be

made. It is similar to the idiomatic expression of "choosing between the devil, and

the deep blue sea".

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Q: What do Scylla and Charybdis represent?
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What are the threats posed by the sirens and by scylla and charybdis?

Scylla and Charybdis are both Greek monsters. They both killed travelers. Scylla ate travelers and Charybdis drowned them by making whirlpools.

What does Odysseus choose to sail towards scylla rather than charybdis?

He chooses Scylla over charybdis because if they go to charybdis they would all die, but if they go to Scylla only six would die because Scylla has six heads and six mouths to eat with.

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Odysseus chooses to pass by Scylla because, Scylla will only kill 6 men, one for each head. Charybdis will sink the ship, killing everyone. Circe has also advised Odysseus to do choose Scylla. Further, Charybdis is a visible danger, and Odysseus uses Charybdis to encourage his men to pass by quickly. Finally, passing by Scylla and Charybdis is given as the only way for Odysseus to get home from where he is.

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charybdis a swirling whirlpool

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How did Odysseus survive the sirens and scylla and charybdis?

He plugged the sirens ears and avoided the Charybdis

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You would need two famous people if you want to make a comparison to Scylla and Charybdis. I would suggest Hitler and Stalin.