This was when Odysseus encountered some trouble and his arrogance shone through. After he left the cave, the Cyclops was screaming in pain. The cyclops would have never really known who had robbed him of his sight until Odysseus shouted at him saying, “ Cyclops, if ever
1st paragraph- Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.” Pride is seen by many as a weakness but pride is what encourages many to prove themselves. Odysseus’ major flaw is believing he is greater than any other human, sometimes even the gods. Odysseus demonstrates this weakness when he encounters the Cyclops and enrages him by trespassing into the one-eyed beast's cave. When Odysseus finally escapes he yelled his name to the Cyclops, out of pride, when he could have used a decoy name. Zeus decides to teach Odysseus a lesson for hurting his son and provides many obstacles for Odysseus on his journey home.
He also demonstrates this when he stabs Polyphemus, the Cyclops, blinding him, then tells him that his name is Nohbdy (Homer 727), which prevents Polyphemus from knowing his name and, when Polyphemus tells other Cyclopes that he was stabbed, prevents people believing he stabbed Polyphemus, as Polyphemus says “Nohbdy” stabbed him (Homer 728). However, Odysseus also has weaknesses; he is prideful. This is also his fatal flaw, as his pride causes him to taunt Polyphemus and tell the Cyclops his name, his father’s name, and where he’s from, which prompts Polyphemus to pray to Poseidon, his father, and ask Poseidon to keep Odysseus from reaching home (Homer 730-733). This causes several problems for Odysseus when he’s trying to go home, which is why his pride is his fatal
His pride here is shown by his overreaction to the suitors’ attempts at, what they thought was, a widowed woman by slaughtering them all, even those who spoke for Odysseus and tried to support him. Through the course of his journey, from beginning to end, Odysseus showcases his pride, once by shouting his name at a mad Cyclops, and once more by killing the innocent and guilty alike in the massacre at his home hall. This violates the monomyth by its absence of a character change and the hero’s continued
Wishing to escape the cyclops’ bondage, Odysseus tries to get out of trouble and assumes that he and his men are safe by lying to the Cyclops. We can depict this through a quote found in chapter 9, “A wind from seaward served him, drove us there. We are survivors, these good men and I.” Being the heartless creature the cyclops is, he still goes on to eat Odysseus’ men, shocking them as they believed they should have gotten better treatment and a gracious greeting from the Cyclops as if they were noble heroes. However, soon Odysseus learns that
The Odyssey by Homer is a book that involves the Journey of Odysseus and his men and the Obstacles they come across. The Odyssey portrays many themes including vengeance, hospitality, courage, bravery and more. Odysseus experiences some good and bad during his journey. He comes across people who help him, but also comes across creatures who hold him back. Odysseus is an Epic hero because of his quick thinking skills, bravery, and confidence for himself and his men.
Usually, epic heroes share common character traits such as loyalty, courage, and bravery. In Homer’s Odyssey, it is my belief that Odysseus is heroic mostly because he was brave. For example, when Odysseus and his men went to the Cyclops, Odysseus told the Cyclops that his name was “no one.” He made sure that the Cyclops fell asleep while his men made a sphere. Then they used the sphere to shoot it thru its eye. While the Cyclops had the sphere in its eye, the Cyclops made an exit for Odysseus, even though the Cyclops didn’t know they would escape.
Waldrip in comparison to Odysseus’s handling with the suitors. Accordingly, in Homer’s great poem you can find this passage; “So they mocked, but Odysseus, mastermind in action… scanned every inch… horror swept through the suitors…” Odysseus hid in plain sight to analyze the loyalties of the suitors, found who was worthy, then connivingly served his justice with the suitors. On the flip side, Everett saw Vernon and without hesitation attempted to physically challenge him, and lost. McGill did no planning to get Vernon out of his family’s lives, the situation ended up that way out of luck. Everett could have tried much harder to fight for his family and wife from the suitors like unto
Witness the hole you made in Caesar’s heart, Crying ‘Long live, hail, Caesar!’” (5.1.30-32). Antony uses a taunting tone to mock and agitate Brutus because he knows that Brutus will take it whole-heartedly in a negative way. Though “bad” and “good” aren’t generally known to be descriptive adjectives, they really are descriptive in this quote. At first Antony attacks with an insult straight to Brutus, but rebounds with complimenting his words only to attack again with “hole you made in Caesar’s heart.” This could hurt anyone, and it did a great deal to Brutus, and these words stick with him all the way to his suicide. As Brutus dies with Antony’s words in mind, the battle is ultimately decided as his victory.
Lennie experiences some abuse throughout the book through George, Curley’s wife, and Crooks. George is a great example of taking advantage of someone who has disabilities because of the fact that they do not know better. George abused Lennie’s inability of processing when he would tease Lennie. Knowing that Lennie could not defend himself, he would mentally beat him up. He did this all for personal entertainment reasons.
Odysseus heroically leads his crew and himself through dangerous obstacles, but also foolishly endangers them during the journey home. Odysseus is a hero because he is smart. For example, when Odysseus and his men approach the giant he offers him ¨liquor to wash down your scraps of men¨ (Homer 991). Odysseus is clever by doing this because he can predict that the liquor will make him fall asleep. He knows that the boulder that is blocking the entrance is heavy so he doesn 't kill Polyphemus.