1st paragraph- Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.” Pride is seen by many as a weakness but pride is what encourages many to prove themselves. Odysseus’ major flaw is believing he is greater than any other human, sometimes even the gods. Odysseus demonstrates this weakness when he encounters the Cyclops and enrages him by trespassing into the one-eyed beast's cave.
After his men and him escapes unnecessarily losing two men in the process, Odysseus taunts Polyphemus which leads to him saying “ Hear me Poseidon, sustainer of the earth, god of sable locks. If I am yours indeed and you claim me as your son, grant that Odysseus, sacker of cities and son of Laertes, may never reach his home in Ithaca”(Homer 124) . This quote shows that one of Odysseus’s many flaws is that he allows his pride to take control of his actions and doesn’t clearly consider the consequences. Another instance of Odysseus’s foolish pride is when he crossing the threshold Circe advises Odysseus to
else you’d have my lance-head in your belly” (385). Telemakhos’ ability to stand up to the insults and deal with the suitors is quite mature. One time when a suitor provoked him with jokes about his friends, saying that he should throw him into a slave ship, Telemakhos simply ignored them. One moment that
What would she have been like if Caesar wouldn’t have been murdered? How would History look like if Octavian’s Admiral Agrippa would have worked for the opposite side? We will never know but what we do know is, that Cleopatra is one of the most well-known and inspiring Women in history. The myths and secrets that surround her make her and the courage that she showed during her lifetime even more
These incidents in the play illustrate Hero’s sacrifice of her angelic and pure character. Hero does little to convince others of her innocence. Moreover, clinging to the traditional views of women, men are unlikely to listen to what women have to say. Shakespeare portrays women 's ranking in relation to men by illustrating Hero’s great sacrifice, and how her closest mentors refuse to help support her. Hero has little power to fall back on in this situation, explaining the classic image that Shakespeare created for her to resemble.
In Penelope’s dream, the eagle represents Odysseus and the geese represent the suitors. Penelope tells the beggar, which is actually Odysseus, her dream. The beggar immediately recognizes the meaning but Penelope seems to be oblivious. Penelope has been known to be smart and cunning throughout the book, leading one to assume she would be able to interpret the dream herself.
In The Odyssey, it is Odysseus that is telling the story, and he shows his own high opinion of himself by exaggerating his successes and making his failures seem inconsequential. In The Penelopiad, on the other hand, Odysseus’s faults are brought forward through the observations of his wife. Penelope mostly comments on his wit, which boarders on malicious manipulation. Both accounts show different sides of Odysseus but Penelope’s observations remind the audience that he is not an infallible hero, but a man.
Athena is Odysseus' most powerful ally. She appears throughout The Odyssey in disguise, offering instructions, encouragement, and magical protection to Odysseus. She also aids in part to test the character development of Odysseus. When he is disguised as a beggar, she tests Odysseus to see if his pride will cause him to fight against the suitors prior to when she advised. She also does not intervene in the battle against the suitors until the end (by showing her shield), once Odysseus has proven himself.
This value is used with Calypso, Polyphemus, Circe, and many more individuals. On Odysseus’ way to get home to his family he got stuck on Calypso’s Island. In this case he had to wait and use his patience. Calypso is a goddesses who fell in love with Odysseus and who wanted him
The Chorus shares her grief and upsetness. “Where are the thunderbolts of Zeus? Where is the bright revealing sun, if they see these things and shroud them in complicity?” (Sophocles, Electra, 789-795). However, when Electra persuades Chrysothemis with her plan the Chorus tries to convince Electra not to live her life like this.
“Suitors plague my mother-against her will-/… By god, it’s intolerable, what they do-disgrace,/ my house a shambles!” (Homer. 2. 55- 68) is an excerpt from Telemachus’ speech to rid the suitors. He literally tells the suitors that they are leeches and they lack the guts to properly ask for his mother’s hand in marriage by asking her father.
Except for feeling like an outcast, it’s difficult to see how it changes anything. In other words, it’s a great twist, but with no payoff. Ultimately, to defeat her foe she has to use both sides – the computer side and the human side. Joriah presents as a mystifying character. She gives Beth life and says her people help intelligent life forms evolve – and wants her to rule without greed or hate.
(627-29). The reader knows Oedipus’ pride is what influenced him to excuse Tiresias and Creon for framing him. When Oedipus enters the scene he immediately starts to accuse Creon again. Oedipus tells Creon he is now “an enemy of mine” (657). This all relates to the theme pride can lead to the downfall of man because, just as Tiresias, Oedipus claims Creon is plotting against him due to his pride blinding him from the
Athena helps Telemachus in many different ways, but mostly by helping him turn into a man and grow up because telemachus never had a man to teach him. when Athena disguised herself as a man named Mentes, son of Anchialus and captain of the seafaring Taphians, to inform Telemachus to not give up on his dad and believe that he is still out there in the world, she says “I have come because they say your father has returned, but now i see the gods have knocked him of course. He's not dead,though, not godlike Odysseus, no way in the world. No, he's alive alright.” -Athena, (Mentes) (209) this shows a thoughtful side to Athena because she wants to help Telemachus.