Oedipus also did not choose his fate, but he managed to accept his fate. In The Identity of Oedipus the King, Alister Cameron proved Oedipus as a tragic hero. Cameron analyzes, “[f]or whatever his faults, Oedipus is noble. And after all, the acts he performs he is condemned to perform in ignorance. Therefore, whenever he acts, necessarily he acts blindly.
In addition to that, Odysseus is less merciful to others who have wronged him while Harry Potter, though he has suffered much, shows great mercy. Odysseus as soon as he comes home tells his son, “ I came to this wild place, directed by Athena, so that we might lay plans to kill our enemies” ( Homer 1080-1082). Odysseus had such vengeance on his mind that he would start planning as soon as he had come home, yet it seemed that he would spare not one of them, no matter how great or little their involvement. Harry Potter, on the other hand, could have hunted down the rest of Voldemort’s followers, but he left them alone to look for forgiveness and what is right. Finally, Odysseus was a great fighter known for his bow and arrow skills while Harry Potter was just a wizard.
Beowulf, the defender of Hrothgar and Heorot, exhibits much more sophisticated (and less sincere) reminder revenge than the Grendels mother. At the tip of the day, Beowulfs goal is to become the greatest mortal altogether the land. In his society, the sole thanks to gain such widespread celebrity is thru lionhearted and self-endangering acts. Beowulf masks these deeds with a fade of seeking revenge; he purportedly involves Heorot to save lots of the Danes from Grendels terror, however his true motives dwell turning into a hero. His reward isn't the pride of doing an honest deed; Beowulf is rewarded with lavish and pricey gifts.
In order to obtain maximum respect in each conflict, both Beowulf and Arthur enter into battle somewhat alone. Beowulf specifically asks, "That he, alone and with the help of his men, may purge all evil from the hall." His request is granted by Hrothgar, King of the Danes, so he and his man enter into the battle themselves so that when Grendel is defeated, the glory, love and respect belong solely to Beowulf and his men. Arthur does the same, "he met with his man and his horse, and so mounted up and dressed his shield and took his spear, and bade his chamberlain tarry there till he came again." Although Arthur begins his journey alone he does meet up with Merlin, the court magician and faithful companion, who accompanies him.
The course Oedipus took presented opportunities that made him discover more about himself as well. He chose to leave who he presumed to be his parents, “When I heard this I fled … where I should not see fulfilled the infamies told in that dreadful oracle” (Sophocles 926, 928). Showing his unconditional love for them, as he is willing to leave to impede the prophecy to come into fruition. Additionally, his determination was exemplified through his unwavering will to uncover the killer of Laius, even if it was himself. “Upon the murderer I invoke this curse—whether he is one man and all unknown, or one of many—may he wear out his life in misery to
To illustrate, the perfect example of a hero was a knight that practiced chivalry, which the reader understands as a fine example, is the honorable Sir Gawain. This Middle English hero practices bravery in sacrificing himself instead of the “brave, bold men” to the Green Knight’s game, as seen in lines 348-355. He is truthful and honorable in his following through with his promise to the Green Knight; so much so that he travels a “grim quest” to find where the Green Knight lives. He is met against “long dark nights” where he is alone, hungry, and with no one to hear him but “our Lord in heaven” (lines 691-696). Sir Gawain also shows gentleness when he does not force the Lady to have sexual relations with him, in view of the fact that “such heavy handedness” is not allowed where he lives; this shows that the hero of the Middle English period did not rape and pillage the way some heroes would in the Anglo-Saxon period.
To what extent is Odysseus considered an archetypal hero? The Odyssey is an epic poem; a long narrative about a hero, Odysseus who displays the cultural views of Ancient Greece at the time the poem was written. Throughout The Odyssey there are several heroes, however, none of them are as prevalent as Odysseus, who demonstrates characteristics of an archetypal hero. This title, however, includes negative characteristics such as a fatal flaw; nevertheless Odysseus has the ability to overcome his obstacles and proves to be a true hero. Firstly, Odysseus represents the qualities of an archetypal hero as he is of royalty.
This makes Anakin seem admirable and good because of the fact that he’s the chosen one. The second trait of a tragic hero is that, “The tragic hero must have a flaw” (Aristotle’s Traits of a Tragic Hero). This flaw that Anakin had was love. A jedi knight is prohibited to marry or be in love because it would cause greed, leading them to make actions based on love and not common sense. Love is a very powerful emotion and can create or destroy life.
Exposing Boo’s heroic actions would bring him to be the center of the public eye and it would truly be the end of his happiness. Mr. Tate knew this and had no reason to hurt Mr. Radley, and even wanted to reward him for his bravery. Overall the actions that happen in To Kill a Mockingbird all have fitting consequences as characterized by: the Bob Ewell situation, Jem breaking his arm and Mr. Heck Tate is protecting Boo Radley. We learn that the destruction of innocence has its own punishments. The karma that was written in by Harper Lee is a subtle warning to America and the rest of the world that if they continue in their racist, cruel ways there will be a fitting
Hamlet is a sort of amalgamation of the two, a bundle of contradictions thrown together into one conflicting but very human mess of a character. The quote, "We admire Hamlet as much for his weaknesses as for his strengths", aptly describes my feelings towards this troubled young prince. It is simply impossible to characterise Hamlet as good or bad, strong or weak. It is my aim to show the depth of Hamlet 's personality and to explain to the best of my ability the traits which make him who he is. Hamlet is the neither the hero nor the villain of his story- he is simply a victim, a young man slowly losing his grip on sanity over the course of the play.