Their negative trait goes against the definition of what a hero is. Gilgamesh and Bata are definitely heroes because they displayed an amount of courage and bravery to succeed in what they want, even if there were changes to it. They both were selfless and willing to risk their lives in the hands of others. That’s what true heroes
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins. People with high pride, also viewed as arrogance, will never see themselves to be proud until they face consequences of their pride. Viewing one’s self better than another person, insecurities and being arrogant this can lead to flaws, and suffering. Sophocles and Shakespeare use pride in their plays Oedipus and Othello prove this in the main characters and shows the consequences of pride. Oedipus' pride is revealed/shown in his belief that he is greater than the gods.
Well known heroes do not kill people with no sympathy or mercy. So is Odysseus really a hero? There is a lot of reasonings to both sides, he could be a hero because he was loyal to his homeland and men. He was also clever and dedicated to all his plans and ideas to conquer creatures and return home. On the other hand, he does not seem much like a hero because he was unloyal by having affairs on Penelope.
In Parallel Lives by Plutarch, he portrays Alexander the Great as an outstanding moral individual and an excellent leader of his people. Although Plutarch illustrates Alexander as a wise, compassionate, and ambitious individual, his defense of Alexander against the people who think of Alexander as a bad leader is weak and inefficient. Plutarch’s defense of Alexander’s fallible qualities, such as his drinking problems and his apathy to his people at the later part of his life is questionable and easily disproved, weakening his argument that Alexander is a truly admirable person. The majority of the beginning of Alexander is dedicated to the description of Alexander’s background and his experiences as he grows up into a mature and ambitious
Many would see V as a hero due to the fact that he is trying to free a country and its civilians from an oppressive government. Majority would argue that his goal is a righteous one. On the contrary, V’s goal is heavily flawed and misguided. V seeks to give freedom, but while doing this he never gives the people of England a choice in the matter. In V for Vendetta, V tortured Evey, pushing her until she would adopt his point of view.
Any coward would, but a hero won't. A hero won't say no to a request for help. A hero will never desert a friend for popularity or fame. For example, I know someone who would put down their friend because they want people to see them as stronger, and they are embarassed of their friend’s differences and pretend not to know them at times. That person is not a hero.
He showed the aspects of “he is dependent upon endless affirmation from others in the form of approval, flattery…the more desperately he clings to the belief that he is his idealized image, the more violent the hatred” (Our Inner Conflicts p. 110~p. 111). Also he showed his tendency of “He must in his own mind feel superior in some way – regardless of any particular drive to excel” (Our Inner Conflicts p. 101). Some of the actual strengths and accomplishments that Sooyang had was not able to achieved. By eliminating his surrounding people that opposes to him, he was written as a cruel king of Chosun dynasty.
Yossarian is not a classic hero because, even though he performs heroic actions such as standing for the weak, having a bigger enemy, and overcoming a problem that tests his morals, ultimately he does not fit the stereotype of a hero, thus changing our perceptions of heroism. Catch-22 tells a story of an American bombardier who is at war. Yossarian isn’t the military man that goes to war and returns a war hero. Instead, he wants to get out of it because he hates the idea of war and people trying to kill him. He does anything to avoid his missions because he is simply scared of them.
This, however, is a huge mistake because Antony seeks this chance to successfully turn the crowd against the conspirators. Brutus, who is so noble, is too naive to understand that others may not act as righteously as he does. Hence, Brutus fully trusting Antony to keep his promise demonstrates his naivety. It is his nobility that prevents him to see that others may not be as noble as he is. As a consequence, Brutus’s nobility leads him to his
The ideal leader is neither loved nor hated, but respected. He cannot be too generous, because that increases people 's expectations of him and it is impossible to keep buying the people 's love as the price gets too high. Yet, the prince should not be hated due to his violent nature, because that rises up. The prince should act in ways that keep him in power and maintain his own power. He should be able to read the character and motives of others in order to use them for his own ends.