Odysseus’ slaughter of the suitors was an act of justice and revenge. The act was revenge because slaughtering 108 men for courting your wife and eating your food is insane. If someone did that present-day, society would frown upon the person who committed such an act. It would be considered mass-homicide and the person would be jailed for life. On the other hand, the act is a form of justice because of the setting of the story.
He struck the men with a lightning bolt and killed them. The punishment of their temptation was death. I think Homer thinks that temptation, whether resisted or not, still comes with a price. Gluttony, lust, and, jealousy are major deadly sins in ancient Greece. I don’t think the Greeks found anything less tempting than we do.
“I called back with another burst of anger, ‘Cyclops – if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so – say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye!” (IX 558-561) Right before they depart from the island, Odysseus shouts out the above statements. This is most certainly foolish and a clear mistake on his part. This is because as a result of his hubris, he further intensifies his punishment from the Gods. It is clear that Odysseus wants to be known for taking down the mighty Cyclops and feels an overbearing amount of pride from accomplishing such a task. Furthermore, Odysseus attaches a title to his own name as the “raider of cities.” Clearly, this is only one event that occurred yet he is so eager to boast about his achievements that others could not do previously.
In the song” Fixer-Upper” from Disney’s 2013 Frozen, one line stands out: “People make bad choices if they’re mad or scared or stressed” (Becke and Lopez). Brutus truly worried for the future of Rome, and he acted on that. Some may call him a traitor, because he did directly murder Caesar, without consulting other options, and his stab was “the most unkindest of them all.” However, in that Brutus “killed not thee with half so good a will” (Crowther) as he killed himself, Brutus can only be called a patriot. Killing a close friend is a acutely steep offense, and Brutus did just that, seemingly without consulting other options. Instead of assassinating his friend, a wiser step would have been to discuss Caesar’s motives with Caesar.
This paper is going to talk about how Prometheus did not deserve the punishments he received and compare and contrast with other mythological characters who were also punished. Prometheus was a titan god who was given the task to form mankind out of clay. Prometheus had other jobs in mind. There are a couple events and things Prometheus did for being
Described by the Roman Suetonius as a complete monster, the despot did things such as wantonly have people killed and made people treat him as if he were on the level of power of the gods (437-439). Caligula was made a ruler fairly young, and ended up being completely unable to handle such power. His story is repeated in many historical examples of small minded men gaining access to ultimate military might and wreaking havoc. Many mentally ill but charismatic and seemingly good-willed men have affected society negatively by gaining power and using it for their own ends, with their sickness causing them to be unable to see the significance of the human cost. The individuals that have Hubris Syndrome can ultimately exhibit “ disastrous leadership and cause damage on a large scale,” (Owen and Davidson 1) and be eternally vilified, all because of a mental
Brutus and the men who helped kill Caesar did not agree. They got so mad they joined together at the senate and stabbed Caesar twenty-three times. After his death they all felt so bad they killed themselves. The reason of talking about how he died and after he died was because Brutus and Cassius had lots of evil in them. The argument, does every human have any evil in them, can be seen in many ways.
Oedipus was also arrogant, especially after defeating the Sphinx. But, he was also a good man, father, husband, and king, and for this reason he is mourned over for his loss of fortune. One of the themes in Oedipus Rex is physical and metaphorical blindness. In Greek culture, those who were physically blind were said to have metaphorical "vision" and were messengers of the gods. For example, In the beginning, Oedipus is blind, not physically, but metaphorically because he does not know the
Frankenstein punishes himself, his family and his consciousness suffered because of his arrogance of trying to have the power of God. The consequences of playing God is the cost of human life, even though Victor gave life to one creature, he is responsible for the deaths of five. Victor’s fruitless attempt at being God cost him his family, happiness, and himself. Even though Victor had not planned for it to happen this way, the results speak for themselves. Playing God leads to destruction and has consequences.
The reason why I think this is because he is a very selfish person. Cassius couldn’t even bare himself to commit suicide, he had to have someone else stab him. Also the main reason why he didn’t like Caesar in the first place was because he didn’t understand why Caesar got to be king over anyone else. Cassius is also very manipulative, he basically uses Brutus’ good for bad and turns him into a bad person a little bit. Though if I had to choose from Brutus and Cassius I would have to say the Brutus is my favorite.