Athena and Odysseus use deception and trickery throughout Homer’s Odyssey to test people, fulfill prophecies, and satisfy their own desires, and they are justified in using deception because they fulfill fate. Athena tricks those around her to test cleverness and encourage deception; Odysseus deceives others not only to return home and gain fame, but also to fulfill prophecy. Paralleling these two characters, God and Jacob in the book of Genesis engage in deception and trickery to complete destiny. Similar to the goddess, God also tests people, though he deceives humans to test their trust and obedience rather than their ingenuity. Jacob, comparable to the mortal Odysseus, uses deception to achieve success and find a home, while fulfilling
Homer’s The Odyssey is an epic poem about the journey of the persevering warrior Odysseus. Soon after the birth of his son, Telemachus, Odysseus was sent off to a ten year war. Coming home from war, he encountered many battles, Gods, and monsters that took him off course. During his absence, his wife Penelope was overwhelmed with anxious suitors begging to take her hand in marriage due to Odysseus being gone for twenty years. Odysseus was worried sick that his wife would be unfaithful to him while he was gone, but Penelope’s intelligent thinking bought Odysseus time to return home before the suitors demanded her hand in marriage.
This reassures Penelope that the beggar indeed is Odysseus. Although Odysseus is still hiding his identity, Penelope’s confidence grows because she knows that this will force Odysseus to finally come out of disguise and compete in the contest to finally prove that he is indeed the one true Odysseus, king of Ithaca. During the contest while the suitors struggle, Odysseus still disguised as the beggar pleads to Antinous to give him a shot at stringing the bow. They are enraged by the fact that a mere beggar will even think of competing but most importantly they are frightened he will prevail. Penelope uses this moment to finally get Odysseus to reveal his true identity.
Control is defined as the power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events. In play A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare there is control, love, hatred, jealousy, and happiness. Oberon controls people to feel anger, he controls people out of power, and controls people out of love. Many people control others because of anger. In Act 2, Oberon puts a love potion on Titania as a trick to make her fall in love with a beast.
After she reveals herself to Odysseus, Athena tells Odysseus what needs to be done to get rid of the suitors at his palace. Odysseus also depends on Athena as him mentor. He ask Athena to "Weave a plan so I can pay them back!" (Homer 332). Odysseus trusts goddess Athena's plan to get rid of the suitors and having her as his mentor, he is more confident to take down the suitors.
In Shakespeare’s, “Romeo and Juliet” Friar Laurence is to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s deaths because he is devious and has a poor planning ability. Friar Laurence is to blame because of his devious and secretive nature. First, Friar Laurence agrees to perform a forbidden marriage without Romeo and Juliet’s family’s approval. Friar Laurence states, “In one respect, I’ll thy assistant to be; For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your household’s rancor to pure love” (Shakespeare 1031). This quote displays Friar Laurence’s devious nature because he had agreed to marry Romeo and Juliet, thinking that it would solve the rivalry between the two families even though it was against who he was, his morals, and his religion.
Although, he changed his intentions for the better and wanted to marry Roxane, he tried to force Roxane into it by threatening to send Christian to war. Rostand uses De Guiche as representation of what happens when you try to force a relationship or want to have an affair with someone. In Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Roxane has three different romantic relationships with Christian de Nuevillete, Cyrano de Bergerac, and De Guiche. Rostand uses each relationship in a different way but relates them all to real life during the play. Rostand uses Christian to show what fake love is like and Cyrano is used to show what it means to have true love and De Guiche shows what happens when you try to force a relationship.
Odysseus is also clever. Penelope reiterates this multiple times in the Penelopiad, though not as a compliment. She asked after Odysseus while observing her suitors and one of the maids says: “Don’t gamble with Odysseus, the friend of Hermes…you’ll never win.” This is like saying that Odysseus is a cheat and a thief. He later proved this assumption by cheating to win Penelope’s hand. Penelope went into further depth describing Odysseus’s wit and manipulation when detailing her wedding night.
Odysseus made it through the many trials and tribulations he was faced with to see his family. In The Odyssey, Homer emphasizes the significance that similarities between fathers and sons can have: “Never, anywhere, have I seen so great a likeness in man or woman-but it is truly strange! This boy must be the son of Odysseus, Telémachus, the child he left at home that year the Akhaian host made war on Troy” (Homer 57). This talks about the similarity between Odysseus and Telémachus. Offspring often model their parents in looks and character traits.
Lady Macbeth responds, “screw your courage to the sticking place/And we’ll not fail.” (I.vii.70-71) Lady Macbeth believes that screwing Macbeth’s courage and bravery in place will help him get through the process of killing Duncan, and she believes courage is what will make him manly. For example, Lady Macbeth asks, “Art thou afeard/ To be the same in thine own act of valor/ As thou art in desire?” (I.vii.43-45). Lady Macbeth wonders if Macbeth is afraid to act the way he desires. She somewhat tricks Macbeth into thinking that he desires to be king, to make him want to continue with the plan, ultimately for her benefit of becoming queen and having a good social
The Odyssey is an epic poem written by the very well-known Greek poet, Homer. It details the events of Odysseus and the struggles he faced to returning home after the Trojan War. In The Odyssey, King Odysseus of Ithaka has not returned to his homeland for over a decade, and while he is away, a mob of unruly suitors has infringed his palace to court his wife, Queen Penelope of Ithaka. The plot of the book focuses mostly on Odysseus’s voyage home; however, the book illustrates how hard times were for Penelope. Throughout The Odyssey, Penelope has to cope with 108 suitors in her palace harassing her for her hand in marriage and taking advantage of the land.
Gatsby and Wilson were both desperate enough to try and win over the women they loved by being someone they were not. Wilson dressed in nice clothing and acted like he had money in front of Myrtle for her attention. According to Myrtle she was fooled into thinking that Wilson had money“I married him because I thought he was a
Gatsby never asks Daisy how she feels about this; he feels compelled to speak on her behalf because he is just so certain of her feelings towards him. Since Daisy married Tom, Gatsby is convinced that he must be as wealthy and prestigious as Tom to win her back, but that is not the case. Daisy once fell in love with Gatsby not for his money, but for the non tangible things he was able to give to