They will think themselves justified in their misdeeds, simply because they worked hard to achieve their goals. “A great strength of American society is the drive to succeed -- well, not just to succeed but to do better than anyone else; to be a star, a tycoon, an authority, a power, a celebrity or a leader; to be admired, respected, feared or obeyed more than your peers...As for one of the great weaknesses of American society, see all of the above” (Samuelson, source 4). This quote illustrates my point perfectly. The American ambition and the need to win, so to speak, at all costs is a double edged sword. While, on the surface it appears this drive is beneficial, that same drive can lead people to resort to corrupt, unsavory means to achieve greatness.
Agamemnon was dismissive and rude to the priest which dishonored him so in turn dishonored Apollo. To dishonor a God is obviously a very great offence throughout Greek mythology there are many instances of great warriors walking on eggshells to stay in the gods good graces. Needless to say, offending Apollo lead to great destruction of Agamemnon’s forces “Nine days the god’s arrows rained
He is the greatest of all men, and both his virtues and his flaws are outsized. He is the fiercest of warriors and the most ambitious of builders. The Gilgamesh of the epic is an awe-inspiring, sparkling hero, but at first also the epitome of a bad ruler: arrogant, oppressive, and brutal. He lorded over his subjects, raping any woman who struck his fancy, whether she was the wife of one of his warriors or the daughter of a nobleman. The people of Uruk complained to the Sumerian gods about Gilgamesh’s overbearing behavior, and so the gods created the wild man Enkidu to confront Gilgamesh.
However, they both express the same desire to cause such chaos. “The Norse trickster god, Loki is undoubtedly the most debated figure from Norse mythology to this day. Though he appears to be a scheming, mischievous deity who has no real loyalties, scholars still explore what his purpose might have been in the ancient stories” (The Enigmatic Loki, Riley Winters 2014). Loki, the trickster god, had always used his antics to fool with the other gods, but over the years many of the Norse gods became angry with Loki for all the mischief he would keep inflicting upon them and as such the gods began to hate Loki. As time went on Loki began to grow increasingly evil with his constant berating of his fellow deities.
This means that power can corrupt what were initially the most honest ambitions, causing them to obligate to violence bringing them only sadness and greed when their ambitions are realised. This difference between the two characters is the motive that drove the ambition. In Macbeth’s case it was greed he wanted to be more powerful. The quote “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” shows this as his “black and deep desires” were to kill Duncan to gain the crown. The concept of stars and astronomy was not well researched or understood in the 17th century, with heliocentricism only having been
Sometimes a person 's mistakes can lead them to the right path, others are lead to their own degradation. Sophocles ' play Antigone puts out a dramatic take on Greek tragedy as they tell the story of a dysfunctional family and their fates. Thrown into the throne of the royal family of Thebes, new King Creon waltzed the palace with a large chip on his shoulder. He ruled his kingdom out of fear with an iron fist and a heavy temper. Creon had his chance at a 'Happily Ever After ' if he could only control his obstinacy.
The American dream stands as a symbol for hope, prosperity, and happiness. But F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby, examines the American dream from a different perspective, one that sheds light on those who contort these principles to their own selfish fantasies. Fitzgerald renders Jay Gatsby as a man who takes the Dream too far, and becomes unable to distinguish his false life of riches from reality. This 'unique ' American novel describes how humanity 's insatiable desires for wealth and power subvert the idyllic principles of the American vision. Jay Gatsby is the personification of limitless wealth and prestige, a shining beacon for the aspiring rich.
Although the story of the Minotaur is only a myth, there is much one can learn by thoughtfully considering each of the various characters and their behaviors or reactions. In the story, one can observe how Minos, the King of Crete and the stepfather of the Minotaur, was cruel, ruthless and selfish. As the story continues, one comes to understand that how one behaves impacts countless others not just him- or her- self. When Minos was selfish and did not sacrifice the white bull, not only were his wife and “son” affected, but also countless innocent Athenians. As time went on, the king became more cruel and ruthless, rather than learning from his selfishness and striving to repair the damage he had caused.
The Greek myth about a king who accidentally killed his father and married his mother is a well-known tale today, as was it in 400 BCE. The play, Oedipus the King by Sophocles, dramatically depicts how this tragedy came to be. The significant influence of religion at the time forces the hand of many characters through their fear of prophetic oracles from Apollo. When Oedipus pursues his quest for the truth in response to an oracle, he is lead to his downfall, forging him into the archetypal tragic hero. Thus, dramatic irony, the situation in which the audience knows crucial information that the characters do not, is created.
This brings the theme of human law into action. When he punishes Polynices and denies him a burial his hate for the people who defy the state even when the person is the kings own nephew. When Creon punishes Antigone severely and does not listens to the blind prophet Tiresias, Creon’s excessive pride (hamartia) is visible to the audience. According to Aristotle, an error in the character itself causes the tragedy in the play, in the play Antigone the stubbornness of Antigone led to her physical death and in the case of Creon his pride led to his emotional death. Sophocles thus uses the antithetical themes to create the play Antigone.