Sohrab is Amir’s nephew, he is family and he must take care of him, after all he did save his life. Amir wants to adopt Sohrab and bring him back to America with him. Without proof of his parents death, Sohrab cannot be determined as an orphan. “Sohrab is deeply scarred by the loss of his parents, and it becomes difficult for the young boy to trust people. When Amir nearly fails in his effort to adopt Sohrab after rescuing him, the boy tries to kill himself rather than face losing his surrogate parent” (The Kite Runner).
In Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, reveals the theme of coming of age through Telemachus. Telemachus starts off as a quiet young boy that is stepped all over by the suitors and then later grows to a brave and mature young man. He stands up and takes charge when he comes to realize enough is enough along with the help of one god in particular, Athena. After Telemachus’ father, Odysseus, had left for war and never returned several suitors began to move in in order to obtain Penelope’s, Telemachus’ mother, hand in marriage.
Although they do not necessarily know each other, because of the years they were apart, the undeniably heavy emotion this greeting brought out of both men reveals the gravity of the situation and the strength of a father-son bond. Another important relationship is between Laertes and Odysseus. Odysseus and Laertes reunite after the suitors have been killed. Laertes is extremely happy because he saw his “son and grandson” and they “vie[d] for courage” (Homer 461). Odysseus and Telémachus brought honor back to their family because they displayed their strength and gallantry when they killed the suitors.
A hero is someone who is revered for his or her exceptional achievements and bravery. Anyone who puts themselves before others not for recognition or an award, but because it is the right thing to do, is a true hero. In "The Odyssey," written by Homer is an epic poem about a man named Odysseus and his crewmates competing against the power of the gods to return to their homeland, Ithaca. Throughout his journey, he loses almost all of his men, but Odysseus finally arrives home, concluding his prolonged twenty-year voyage. Odysseus must battle the suitors that have taken his wife Penelope, and may soon kill his son Telemachus.
It’s not my nature to shrink from battle, cringe in fear with the fighting spirit still steady in my chest” (6.279-82). Thersites breaks the martial code when he suggests that he and his fellow soldiers sail home and leave the war behind them. Odysseus reacts not only to the man’s irreverence, but also to his gutlessness. The martial code is important to not only the Achaens, but to the Trojans as well. Aeneas, captain of the Trojans tells one of his soldiers in battler “[n]o talk of turning for home!
Their father-son relationship is the most important of all throughout the Odysseus and this is proven time and again throughout the entire body of work. Their relationship is not only important to the story itself but to the themes as well. Family is the fundamental principle that not only they have but that the entire family has. Penelope is especially worried for her son as he is not at home and the suitors have planned to kill him on the sea before he can reach home. Xenia has also been passed down to Telemachus even though Odysseus wasn’t there.
TS In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, one of the main characters, George, faces a difficult situation when his best friend, Lennie, murders the wife of another character, Curley. S George must make a significant decision to either let Lennie continue to live and allow him to suffer through Curley’s vengeance, or to prematurely end Lennie’s life, and thus save him from endless torture at the hand of an enemy. George feels responsible for Lennie because of his promise to Aunt Clara to take care of him. Shooting Lennie was George’s way of protecting him.
In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the lust for revenge forces characters to appeal to their nature or their honor. After learning of his father’s death upon returning from Wittenberg, Hamlet dons the mask of madness and contemplates a means of exacting revenge against Claudius. While Hamlet ponders the ethereal consequences of murder and revenge, his constant self-reflection paralyzes him from taking action. On the other hand, Laertes, a loving brother and civil son, finds himself in the same situation as Hamlet: Laertes leaves for France only to return and discover that his father has been murdered. However, Laertes does not mirror Hamlet despite seeking justice for the same reasons.
Albom uses it to show the difference between Eddie’s father’s character towards him and Mickey. Poe uses it when the prince attempts to save all his friends but in turn ends up being the reason for their death. Unfortunately, the way the good and evil are displayed are very unalike. Eddie’s father had always been mean to him which gave Eddie the impression that his father was a bag man. Eddie was eventually told the story of how his father saved Mickey’s life.
He even states that in his confrontation with King Claudius “Let come what comes, only I 'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father.” (4.5.148-154) Laertes does not do much thinking when it comes to avenging his father. The opposite is said about Hamlet who spends too much time contemplating whether he should avenge his father. They both were in the same situation but went about it very differently. In the final confrontation between Claudius, Laertes and Hamlet their colliding motives leads to the death of each person.
Another symbolic moment when Roy presses the hold button in front of Ethel is that during the whole play, Ethel shows up when Roy is at his weakest; however, when Roy dies, he presses the hold button in front of her asserting himself over death and attempts to regain his power in front of Ethel. In conclusion, the hold button contains lots of symbolism as it shows how he tries to regain control over his life and even death. By asserting himself over others, Roy gains a sense of superiority that boots his ego even more. The hold button represents his hidden gay identity as he always cuts people off on his phone and he hold back and cuts off who he is and even denies it to
Literary foils are when two characters can be compared to one another in that they share many similarities, but have one key difference that is then highlighted by these similarities. In Homer’s The Odyssey, a large part of the story is centered around the protagonist, Odysseus, the long-lost King of Ithaca, and his son, Telemachus, who hasn’t seen his father for twenty years. In fact, part of the journey that Telemachus makes is to find reassurance that Odysseus truly is his father. Although they are separated for a long part of the story, Homer writes these two characters as foils of each other.
Humanism and Heroism Odysseus showed lots heroism and humanism throughout his dangerous journey. His humanism was shown with encounters that delayed his journey and that endangered it. Also Odysseus showed heroism when he took down dangerous obstacles that took his ca down. Another way his heroism was shown was steering his crew away from danger and back home. Calypso showed lots of affections towards Odysseus and held him as a prisoner.