Just like Hiccup’s situation where he was criticized for being different which didn’t allow him to accept his individual capabilities and as a Viking though their ultimate goal was to protect the village and gain control over dragons which they achieved by killing them , and internalized this means of achieving the goal as an “occupational hazard”. Hiccup’s ability to question and reason, be innovative, creative, empathize was completely overlooked because of this societal control. Hiccup was brave enough to break away from this social constrain and confronted his father about it. But when he told him that he doesn’t want to a kill dragons, his father turned him down and asked him to attend dragon training which reflects how strong the influence of societal pressure was where an individual’s need wasn’t even taken into
World War II was a crucial time in history, where dictators rose to power and promised to bring a change to their country, through tough love and intimidation. A prime example of a dictator who was all about these principles was Joseph Stalin. A man who made his name through instilling fear into the hearts of those who crossed his path. Joseph Stalin grew up poor and didn't have much. .It’s fair to say he indeed had a harsh childhood, and you would think that a man who had that kind of upbringing would not be so desensitized to the rest of his people, however, that was not the case.
The Anglo-Saxon society and our modern society, although thousands of years apart these two periods have characteristics in areas that are alike and different in more ways than one. Let us talk about the values and the code of conduct of these two societies. First of all, during the Anglo-Saxon period, fighting is the main solution for them to solve problems and with fighting comes power. Power, power over people, power over land, power over resource and treasures. To them, power is everything and for one person to attain so much power, one must become a hero and perform heroic deeds.
The decision to attend a white school is a tough one and Junior understands that for him to survive and to ensure that his background does not stop him from attaining his dreams; he must battle the stereotypes regardless of the consequences. In this light, race and stereotypes only makes junior stronger in the end as evident on how he struggles to override the race and stereotypical expectations from his time at the reservation to his time at Rearden. How race and stereotypes made
Hitler always strived to be the best, and wanted the same for those that he cared for. The devastation that hit him, when his own country disappointed him, was what drove him into the abyss of tyranny. This obsession with success was, what many psychologists found as obsessive compulsive, and Hitler as an individual, to this day, is not the only case of this acting out into
Okonkwo’s journey to gain power over his tribe meets challenges with his fearful side and a tragic end which together convey the image of a power hungry individual living in a prideful community. Okonkwo’s journey towards a prosperous life springs from his desire to be unlike his father. During his childhood, Okonkwo suffered every time he saw people begging for his father to return their money back. Because of that, Okonkwo makes a promise to become a hardworking and trustworthy man. To fulfill his dream, he starts by achieving greatness through wrestling.
Macbeth deeply regrets his murder of Duncan because he realizes that Banqos stratagem is so superior that he will have to make no sacrifices to ensure his son’s kingship, while Macbeth had to endure so much pain only to gain an unfruitful kingship. Macbeth was forced to go against his moral code, suffering so much from regret to gain his short kingship, but because of his fear of Banqo’s abilities, he is worried that Banqo’s son will be able to easily attain the throne. He remarks on Banqo’s abilities that he “hath the wisdom that doth guide his valor to act in safety.” (58-59) Macbeth knows that Banqo is not so irrational and risky as Macbeth, and that his logical and rational thinking will lead him to not take so many risks while also ensuring his sons kingship. Macbeth risked imprisonment
It becomes known that Beowulf intends on defeating Grendel alone. Others become greatly concerned with the pride that Beowulf holds and fear that it will soon catch up to him. Beowulf’s fight with Grendel, in Herot, is where Beowulf’s battle prowess is first exhibited. The battle with the monster results in the heightened effects of Beowulf’s pride and his vision of himself as a warrior. After killing Grendel, Beowulf’s men describe him as “the mighty protector of men” and “Edgetho’s brave son.” Since Beowulf defeated a monster that no other man could kill, Beowulf is immediately heralded as a hero.
Gilgamesh and Bata display these characteristics of what a true hero is. The author presents Gilgamesh, in the beginning, as this arrogant king who wanted nothing but power, immortality, and sex. Gilgamesh exceedingly fights battles and works for his desires. However, throughout the many episodes of the Gilgamesh, he changes and calms down because of his new friendship with Enkidu. Enkidu brings out the most important characteristic in Gilgamesh, which is loyalty and faithfulness.
If such a truth is true for everyday men, it was even more so for royalty and leaders, or, for instance, a thane. And so come to pass the lessons and misfortunes of Unferth. The evolution of his understanding is slow and painful in a deeper way that, at the time and often still today, wasn’t perceived as so, which makes it the worst kind of agony. Unferth begins just as the rest: no more enlightened than his companions, with a blindfold of courage and passion, the need to be someone great, a reputation fit for a thane and a warrior to uphold and the confidence to do so. Even though he conceals crimes of fratricide, he is still important to the king, and to be so, he must be a hero; to be anything lesser is to be scoffed and scorned, deemed