English 271 Achilles and Hector in The Iliad and Medea and Jason Medea all have characteristics that potentially led to their downfall. Achilles is a very angry man and it leads him to do unspeakable things. Hector is very prideful and in the end clouds his judgement. In Medea, Medea is revengeful and all she thinks about his getting revenge. Jason is insensitive and in the end it cost him his family.
Odysseus proves his emotional strength as an epic hero when he stays with Calypso for several years but despite this, his heart only lies with Ithaca and Penelope during this time, not with Calypso. This example in The Odyssey demonstrates an example of the call because this point of the plot is when Odysseus is able to gain the strength to leave Calypso’s island and sail
“The Odyssey” is an Epic Poem which discusses the life story of Odysseus. The main focus of the poem is the journey of Odysseus and his way back home. Certain events distract him, most importantly; his encounter with the Gods, Goddesses. It takes Odysseus all of what it takes to head back home, including his bravery and intelligence. These qualities in Odysseus not only help himself but his men survive through the chaos of the journey called “The Odyssey”.
In The Odyssey Homer makes Odysseus’ journey to his beloved Ithaca excruciating. Odysseus encounters many friends and foes throughout his journey and has to be a leader throughout his experiences. As an example, he encounters Polyphemus and Poseidon, both of whom make his journey mentally and physically painful. Odysseus faces countless scenarios in which he has to save multiple people in those situations. He also encounters the suitors, who are a group of men that try to marry Penelope, when he returns to reclaim his home.
“Rumor went round the town, and noised abroad the terrible fate that had befallen the suitors; as soon, therefore, as the people heard of it, they gathered from every quarter, groaning and hooting before the house of Odysseus.” (336). Citizens have lived without their king for so long; they no longer rely on him. Instead, they find anger in the fact that he had mercilessly slaughtered their kin, rather than praise their king and his journey to return to them. In their eyes, he is not a hero; instead, he is a killer. These views are soon quelled as Odysseus openly shows remorse for his misdeeds, as instructed by the gods, and reconciles with his people.
From Odysseus’ time with Calypso in Ogygia up until the moment he takes back his home and wife from the suitors in Ithaca, the struggles he faces help answer what makes for a good life. Homer uses Odysseus’ journey throughout “The Odyssey” to identify four aspects of a good life: mortality, honor, hospitality, and experiences. Homer reveals that mortality is necessary for a good life when Odysseus denies the opportunity for immortality that Calypso offers, he shows the significance of honor in his description of Odysseus’ bravery in the Trojan war and the consequent respect that Odysseus’ crew has for him, Homer reinforces the importance of hospitality in each city Odysseus travels to, and he conveys that experiences, good or bad, define a good life. The Greeks held their gods in high esteem and therefore when Homer or other characters in the epic refer to Odysseus as being “godlike,” this is one of the highest compliments he could receive. However, when Odysseus is in Ogygia with Calypso, he chooses mortality over immortality, which would truly rank him among the gods.
The person vs. supernatural conflict comes from the fact that many, especially the family of Antigone, are cursed by the gods and their fate is destructive. The major themes/ideas within the production are: civil disobedience (Antigone disobeying the King and the law of Thebes), pride (Creon makes a law that he sees as divine and believes should not be disobeyed by anyone and is later punished for it), Immortal Law vs. Mortal Law (Antigone choses divine law over a law made by man), and Women in Society (the role of women in the patriarchal society in Antigone is very reserved and subordinate to men and Antigone challenges this expectation while Ismene and other women believe they should not risk the wrath of men). There are no subplots in this
Secondly, there is the symbol of „usurper“ which parallels two different relationships. The first one is between Stephen Dedalus and Telemachus in Homer`s Odyssey. Stephen is like Telemachus because both of them are surrounded by people that are trying to undermine them. Mulligan takes advantage of Stephen and while doing it, he also mocks everything that Stephen stands or used to stand for. Therefore, Stephen sees Mulligan as a „usurper“.
In The Odyssey by Homer, gods and goddesses play a crucial part in making sure the hero is where he needs to be. The book is about a war hero, Odysseus’ son named Telemachus, who voyages to find his father, who was presumed dead. At the same time, Odysseus, who is alive, was imprisoned on Calypso’s island. He was set free due to the power of the gods here and he makes his way back home. Along the way, he and his crew encounter a lot of different enemies like cyclops, sirens and more.
Also, The Iliad teaches that anger caused a downfall to Achilles’ life. Achilles anger throughout Homer’s masterpiece results in the unnecessary deaths of many warriors, a shameful reputation, and a disastrous downfall. To begin, Achilles struggle with anger first comes to light from his inability to fight under