Odyssey Argumentative Essay Odysseus is an arrogant egotistical warrior who hardly ever takes the blame for his own actions. Since he does not take responsibility it shows his weaknesses that could be used against him if this were a war. Odysseus’s weaknesses are shown equally in the literature and the movie. In some ways the literature showed it better or explained it better than the movie did. But in some ways the movie outlined his weaknesses than the movie because it is more visual than when you are reading the story.
Antigone wants to bury her brother, but Creon will not let her. Creon and Antigone argue back and forth, multiple times Creon would say that his rules are rules. He was arrogant about his kingship and would not allow to bury Antigone’s brother because of his own pride. His pride overruled any and all reasons that Antigone should be allowed to bury the body even if they were good reasons. As Creon is being introduced to the chorus he states that he will not bury Polynices, and he has brainwashed his court of public opinion so much they add to his overweening pride by saying “Your will is law” (132 Sophocles).
As a character odysseus has flaws so naturally this would transfer over to his leadership skills . During the encounters with both polyphemus and circe, odysseus exhibits weak leadership. After getting trapped by polyphemus him and his men devise a solution to escape, once they have escape odysseus endangers the lives all his men by aggravation polyphemus; “I would not heed them in my glorying spirit, but let my anger flare and yelled” (IX 545 555). Odysseys is selfish and does not think of anything but his pride when he is angering polyphemus. His anger clouds his judgment and even if he did consider the consequences he does not stop even though what he is saying is endangering the lives of his men.
He shows that one can rebel against their own side and that not only the truth hurts, but logic too. Throughout the story, it shows that Haemon doesn 't believe in his father 's choices. Almost immediately after his father, Creon, informs him of what is to happen to Antigone, he starts to hint at his disapproval. “What sort of respect tramples on all that is holy?” is where Haemon starts to show that he does not agree with his father’s actions. Despite stating earlier on that all his
In spite of every warning thrown his way, Creon failed to acknowledge the fact that everyone conforming to his law wasn’t proper leadership; “HAEMON. So I beg you Father, don’t entrench yourself in your opinion as if everyone else was wrong. The kind of man who always thinks that he
Glory is the prime motivation for Beowulf in his story. Beowulf wants to be remembered for the great deeds he has done in his lifetime, like Hrothgar. Hrothgar, the king has earned his glory in his youth. “To Hrothgar was given such glory of war, such honor of combat, that all his kin obeyed him gladly…” (Part 1) Hrothgar is now old and unable to protect his kingdom, and Beowulf decides that he will step in and help because of the glory it will give him. To defeat the monster is a great way to get his name out there and be known world wide.
All Huck needs is to believe in himself and not worry about any family. Pap is a terrible father to Huck “he is a monster, a vicious child abuser Mark Twain and Manhood 101 nouncing how the law could stand between him and "a man 's own son, which he has had all the trouble and all the anxiety and all the expense of raising," but actually bemoaning his inability to grab Huck 's money. Pap 's only sense of worth comes from asserting his meager white supremacy” (Obenzinger 101). Huck would rather act as though he was dead than live a life with a man like Pap as his father. After Pap finally comes back to see Huck and decides that he wants to live with him Huck starts to get uneasy.
Additionally, Odysseus never listens to his crew’s ideas, which makes him seem egotistical: “ God sake, captain!/ Why bait the beast again?/ Let him alone!” (408-410) This greatly illustrates how Odysseus shatters his crew’s ideas. It seems that every time his crew gives him an idea of what they could do, he shoots it down. If Odysseus keeps shutting out his crew’s ideas they will eventually boycott him and leave Odysseus. Furthermore, if Odysseus continues being self-centered, he will end up being alone on his journeys. Given these points, Odysseus is very much a hero, however, his has an idiosyncrasy of
Even though they are outnumbered by suitors and surrounded by them, he still puts everyone in danger by attacking them, and his only concern is himself and his looming status of being king again. He does not even consider their side of the story, and that they may have been thinking that Odysseus was dead, and it was only right to marry Penelope. The other side may point out that Odysseus actually cares
Through the progression of the story, the influence of this becomes more apparent as the story progresses. The frustration caused is beautifully illustrated by Joe’s reaction regarding his dad’s efforts on the case, “You’ve got zero authority, Dad, one big zero, nothing you can do. Why do it anyway?” (Erdrich 226). It shows the helplessness Bazil faces, where regardless of his position as a lawyer, he stands without power in the case. No matter what he does, he can not get the case jurisdiction, due to their identity as native