Achilles was a fierce warrior and the son of Thetis. Achilles was a very respectable warrior but he didn’t like fighting for anyone but himself. When Helen was taken from Agamemnon required Achilles to fight but he just stayed at the boats. Patroclus, Achilles cousin, came to Achilles and asked if he could use Achilles armor in war to scare the Trojans. This ended badly because hector realized it wasn’t Achilles and killed Patroclus.
Yes, he did tell a few of his men; however, a great leader and hero would have informed all the men. It is clear that Odysseus is not a hero through his terrible leadership. In conclusion, Odysseus is not a hero because of his impulsive decisions, his hubris, and terrible leadership. He does not plan ahead, he is not humble and a sore loser, and he strays away from telling important things to his men. Though in Greek society Odysseus is seen as a hero, he can not be called one now.
His trials and tribulations from the God’s are brought on from his own over-confidence of his cleverness and wittiness - his greatest assets also proved to be his biggest downfall. Odysseus’s quest was only to return home to his wife and child with his crew, but that fell short when he offended the God of the sea, Poseidon, by blinding his son the Cyclops to escape. Odysseus’s fault came when he decided to mock the Cyclops and announce his name to him in such a taunting manner, “You savage! But you got yours in the end, Didn’t you?” (Pg. 436 line 475) In which the
I don't intend to stay here to pile up wealth and riches for you without honour”(The Iliad, 1, 169-171). Achilles, angered that Agamemnon is claiming his war prize, Briseis, can barely restrain his rage. He threatens to leave the war knowing that he is very well responsible for their success in it. At this point in the book, the Gods haven't entirely grown angry with Achilles and Athena even goes out of her way to guide Achilles to not attack Agamemnon. The scene is essentially a power struggle where Achilles is unable to look past his own pride.
Othello truly loves his wife and cannot bear the thought of her with someone else. He would rather Desdemona dead than with someone else. (“Othello.” The Greenwood Companion 780). Othello’s great passion is also his great flaw. His passion drives him to jealousy and jealousy drives him to death.
Oedipus is a transcendent hero as he faces a downfall due to his flaw, but ultimately learns a knowledge about his quest. Oedipus is born with a mournful fate: a son who would kill his father and later prophecy said that he would also marry his mother. Oedipus’s flaw is a hubris as he is too prideful for his fortune. His downfall is when he realizes that he has completed the prophecies that he thought he has destroyed and gouges his eyes out. His realization is that he unknowingly completed his prophecies.
Antonio begged God to forgive Andrew (Antonio’s brother) “Your brother has sinned with the whores, and so I condemn him to hell for eternity!”(Pg.173). Antonio’s demeanor portrayed confusion and fear of why he is the chosen one to save his brothers when he is hopeful for their saving of him. “Oh, I cried, forgive me Lord! I have sinned, I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed. My thoughts have trapped me and made me flee from you!”(Pg.173).
Achilles is maddened and appeals to his goddess mother saying, “If I am to die soon, shouldn’t I have what I want?” Feeling only sorrow for her son, Thetis requests Zeus to cause to Greeks to lose until Achilles fights again. Slowly the Greeks are pushed back farther and Agamemnon pleads with Achilles, offering Briseis back. Achilles declines due to his pride and the Trojans come close to burn the Greek ships. Even when a ship was burning, Achilles refused to fight and instead sends out Patroclus. Eventually Patroclus gets killed.
Achilles’ desire for glory blinds him into releasing the danger on his friend “…you may win honor and glory for me from the whole nation.” Achilles knows that Patroklos’ pride is fervent, which keeps him from fully contemplating the consequences of what he wants to do. “You might be some little girl running to her mother…that’s what you look like, my dear man, crying like that.” () Achilles knows that his companion is in no state to truly focus on the warnings presented before him, yet arrogantly allows the exchange of armor to take place. The reason of Patroklos is in danger for wearing Achilles armor lies in the fact that others on the battlefield will think he is his extraordinarily strong friend. The danger in this situation is that while Patroklos does in fact wear Achilles’ great armor, he has nowhere near the strength Achilles possesses. Patroklos may fight skillfully and courageously, but he cannot possibly live up to the standard placed upon him by those who assume he is Achilles.
To his uncle, cream, justice is exiling Oedipus and taking the throne. Creon does not vilify Oedipus, instead pitying him and his children for being unable to choose their fate. His daughter, Antigone, decides to follow him on his exile, helping her father in any way she can. She believes that despite her spoiled ancestry that she can prevail and overcome the curse of the family name. Conversely, citizens of Athens—acting as the chorus—visibly recoil when they learn Oedipus’s identity.