Odysseus shows this courage when he says to the cyclops, “ We are from Troy, Archaeans, blown off course by shifting gales on the Great South Sea.” ( Fitzgerald 495). Even though he was talking to a frightening one eyed monster Odysseus still had the courage to talk to him. Odysseus is the leader that will show courage when no one else will. Additionally, Odysseus had tricked the cyclops with wine and then injured him. Odysseus and his men had, “ bored that great eye socket while blood ran out around the red-hot bar.
Ever since that terrifying moment he has seen the whale as an obstacle or a wall that needs to de eliminate. Herman was inspired by many things, but in the story the captain inspires the crew with money and convinces them to help him get vengeance. In fact, there was this one particular character called Starbuck that said that “Vengeance on a dumb brute, that simply smote you from blindest instinct.” “Pure madness to be angry at a dumb thing”. With this being said, he does not like the idea of vengeance. In addition, because of Ahab’s stubbornness and selfish reasons to take vengeance, he put the crew in harm’s way.
The most evident demonstration of such intention in Oedipus can be found in the words of the chorus: “The oracles concerning Laius / are old and dim and men regard them not. / Apollo is nowhere clear in honor; God’s service / perishes” (Sophocles 1030-1033). These words reveal the concern that if the prophecy about Oedipus had turned false (or if people thought it was false), it would have undermined Greeks’ respect and fear of gods and their prophets. This is why Oedipus had to become a victim of fate in the story. Other proofs of this motivation being important for the play can be found in various dismissing remarks about prophecies the protagonist and Jocasta make: “Ha!
This shows an act of foolishness as leader because he did not notify his men of the dangerous obstacle coming towards him, but just keeps put to leave his men to fend for themselves. An example of Odysseus’ arrogance is when Odysseus brags to Cyclops and yells out, “O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions? Puny am I, in a Caveman’s hands? How do you like the beating that we gave you…” (L. 390-392).
TS1 (Thesis): In The Odyssey, Homer depicts Odysseus’ real foe as the theme of temptation with displays of hubris and lustrous goddesses, which portrays the importance of being vigilant to not submit to temptation. ST1: Homer depicts that Odysseus is determined to get home, but Odysseus succumbs to temptation when he leads his crew into the cyclops lair, eats the cyclops’ food, and demands for a gift, resulting in a protracted journey home. 1: Homer displays Odysseus as recklessly brave when he requests, “we’re at your knees, in hopes of… a guest-gift”(9.300) from the cyclops. 2: It is apparent that Odysseus has given into the temptation to be arrogant when he declares for the cyclops to give them, “a guest-gift,” after Odysseus and his men have broken into the cyclops lair, showing even further Odysseus’ isn’t vigilant to
Revolution tried to debunk the ox trick, but Mubarak and his entourage were clever enough to outmaneuver them and aborted any attempt of political reform. Because they lacked sufficient experience and a clear vision, it was foretold that they would be imprisoned and received punishment as terrible as that of Prometheus, while “Mubarak 's generals and policemen who have the last laugh” (Alexander). Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound Whether the trilogy of Prometheus Pound, Prometheus Unbound and Prometheus the Fire Bringer were written by Aeschylus or not (Ruffell 14-5), Prometheus Bound reflects both a rebellious spirit and a belief in human progress. Though Prometheus was against the tyrant, they were eventually reconciled. In Aeschylus’ trilogy,
In tragedy, Aristotle states that the protagonist’s fortune must be good at the beginning but then collapse into bad fortune (Aristotle 22). An example of this is in Oedipus Tyrannus in which Oedipus goes from the king of Thebes into gouging out his own eyes for his crimes against nation and god (Line 1297). Conversely, the opposite is true for comedies; however Clouds doesn’t follow this rule, but instead Strepsiades remains in debt and goes on to lose control of his son and ends up attempting to burn down the Thinkery (Lines 1901-1906). By violating this tradition, Clouds is the inferior play as it completely disregards the concept of Aristotelian fortune. Oedipus’s fall from fortune is superior because it follows the correct method of the fall from grace.
Based on the morals of the modern society, the character Neoptolemus would have demonstrated bravery because his reaction to the plan of deception was questionable. Neoptolemus genuinely felt bad for Philoctetes uncomfortable lifestyle, and eventually revealed his true plans for Philoctetes and his bow. At the beginning of the twisted play Philoctetes, Odysseus, has very important and critical plans to deceive another Greek commander named Philoctetes. As the antagonist of the play, he uses Neoptolemus to carry out his plan; “You must deceive Philoctetes when you speak to him” (Line 53). Promising the young man, Neoptolemus, kleos.
There is a quote by J.R.R Tolkien that goes “faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens”. In The Odyssey, written by Homer and translated by Robert Fagels, the crewmen perfectly embody this quote. If a person is truly loyal to someone then they will stick with them through tough times like crewmen do to their leader, but sometimes the leader may not deserve the loyalty he receives. In the epic poem, the epic hero Odysseus and his crewmen go through a series of trials while trying to return home from the Trojan War. They have to escape a cyclops’s cave, sail past the monsters Scylla and Charybdis, escape cannibals, and more.
It is manifest that at the beginning of his journey home, he seems less composed and smart than later in his journey when he is near Ithaka. One of his hardest tasks with his crew and shipmates was to escape from the Kyklops after blinding him by stabbing his eye out. “Kyklops, if ever mortal men inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him, Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes’ son, who home’s on Ithaka!” pg. 160 As seen here, Odysseus is less composed and doesn’t think about how what he says could mean to others and what type of image that creates for him. At this point in The Odyssey, Odysseus has just escaped the Kyklops with his men (although he lost some throughout the process) and has set sail onward.