However, in Agamemnon’s view, he wanted to form the fate of death towards the Trojans by having an extra number on their side, and by having a great advantage with using the greatest warrior as their “secret weapon”. After Achilles’ has left Agamemnon realizes he has made a mistake which leads to him asking for Achilles’ forgiveness to return into the war, and fight for the Greeks. Agamemnon does this so that he can try to manipulate not only Achilles’ fate, but the fates of the Trojans. Agamemnon has influenced other characters’ fates. For example, Paris and Helen.
In the Iliad, things are not nearly so simple. Sometimes the Gods just want to stir up trouble, so they break the truce between the Trojans and the Athenians. Zeus wants to inspire Achilles to enter the fight, so he kills his best friend Patroclus. The point is, morals are ignorant toys to be set up and knocked down at the Gods leisure, and for their own clandestine
Rather than losing his honor, he would rather have his army retreat, than fight and die. This hinders his credibility as a leader because, rather than staying and fighting, Agamemnon is a coward, and wants to leave with his Argives. Along with his self-pride interfering with his leadership, wise Nestor interferes and tells Agamemnon to apologize to Achilles for all the destruction he has caused. Nestor criticizes him of his hubris and tells him, “‘I urged you against it, strenuously. But you, you gave way to your overbearing anger, disgraced a great man the gods themselves esteem-- you seized his gift of honor and keep her still’” (9.129-132).
Within the greater work, The Trial and Death of Socrates, Plato identifies fault in the current definition and implementation of Justice when his teacher faces punishment for helping Athens. Silencing Socrates will only make Athens suffer, and Justice must derive from reason. The outcome represents the juror’s lack of understanding, or simple overlooking, of absolute Justice as a direct product of the democratic structure. If not a democracy, the Athenian people would fall more in order with their role in the Whole and would ultimately be more successful. Plato argues Socrates prodes at Athenians to help them, and their conviction against him was due to a personal choice, and thus they fail to work together as a perfect society.
The Sirens are waiting for the god-like hero to come along to save them. They recognize the power they have over men, but also their weakness in that they need one to save them. This appeals to Odysseus’ ego and he risks death to show off his strength. In Atwood’s poem, Odysseus is not seen as strong because he restrains himself against temptation; he is seen as weak because he fails to save the Sirens. John William Waterhouse also recognizes the powerful temptation of the Siren song, but he sees the Sirens as manipulative and evil, and paints them to look that way.
Since Odysseus and his men did malicious actions Zeus intends on punishing them. A doom was in their future if Odysseus kept up these sorts of actions. Zeus is one the most important god to be on good terms with since he is the king and son of Cronus. The greatest challenge Odysseus faces is finding out ways to redeem himself with the
Most Athenians when prompted about what is a hero, will picture Achilles, or one of Homer’s other heroes, not a man who “Corrupts the youth”, or “Is an Atheist”. So when asking whether or not his claim is plausible, we can see from the Apology and Crito that his enemies would say no, while his friends would say yes. In this paper, I argue that Socrates had lived a life no less heroic than the heroes of Troy. In order to do this I will be defining what is “heroic” and state the types of virtues that are at work in a heroic life. I will finally end the paper proving that Socrates’s claim is plausible based on upon Socrates’s view of what a good man is and on the virtues of a homeric hero.
In Greek Tragedies, the consequences of personal integrity and unfolding the truth can often lead to fatality. In Sophocles tradgic plays, ‘Oedipus Rex’ and ‘Antigone’, this is evident. The characters in these plays, all have weaknesses of their own and they suffer a type of downfall, which is a very prominent characteristic in a Greek Tragedy. At the beginning of these plays, the main characters especially, have a need to do the right thing. Yet, little do they know that this need to help people and discover the truth will eventually lead to the death of themselves or others.
Many tragic heroes holds pride as their primary cause to his downfall, but Hamlet’s hesitation throughout the play is his key weakness. During the play of The Murder of Gonzago schemed by Hamlet to confirm Claudius’s act of crime, himself was overwhelmed by self-contempt and guilt. Hamlet blames himself for just standing around cursing like a whore, and urges to seek revenge by heaven and hell. After the performance, Hamlet observes Claudius and found him guilty and prays for forgiveness. But Hamlet give up the good opportunity of killing Claudius because he hopes that his revenge for his father for a moral sake, not committing an impulsive revenge.
At first, it seems that in this predicament, Odysseus is able to undermine Polyphemus’ threats with his cleverness by changing his name so that when the Cyclops yells for help, no one would know of his true identity. Odysseus utilizes his valiance to lead his crew out of conflict like in other parts of the epic, essentially, portraying Odysseus’ sharp intellect and cunningness. However, upon closer examination, the reason Odysseus and his crew found themselves in the situation in the first place, was because of Odysseus’ curiosity and ignorant decisions. Odysseus had no purpose for exploring and invading the giant cyclops’ home, but he allowed his growing curiosity to lead his men to danger. Even after he was able to free himself and his crew from the cyclops’ captivity, Odysseus exposes himself to Polyphemus and further jeopardizing his men, “ '"Cyclops, if any mortal man ever asks you who it was that inflicted upon your eye this shameful blinding, tell him