He feels hated and ugly for much of his childhood, but after meeting Arthur, he trains his hardest to overcome his appearance and become the greatest knight in the entire world. In most versions in the tale of king Arthur, Sir Lancelot is depicted as a handsome, charming man. But in the once and future king, he is ugly and deformed. This leaves room for much more character development, but he finds this difficult due to his inner contradictions, “For one thing, he liked to hurt people. It was for the strange reason that he was cruel, that the poor fellow never killed a man who asked for mercy, or committed a cruel action which he could have prevented.” (White 339) All of these strange feelings contradicting each other inside him cause him to have a lot of problems growing and changing.
“[...] the study and desire of the wisest men since the creation of the world was now within my grasp” (34). He was aware that there was still a lot of work necessary, but not once he doubted that he would achieve it in the end. “[…] but I doubted not that I should ultimately succeed.” (35) It is again a sign of his narcissistic nature which does not permit him to question his ability in the least. Hence, when deciding whether to animate a human being like himself or a simpler animal, he himself admits that his imagination, while only being able to think of the eventual success, would not allow him to settle with the easier task. “I doubted at first whether I should attempt the creation of a being like myself or one of simpler organization; but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man.” (35) Victor 's self-absorbed nature leaves him no other choice as to always strive for the most demanding challenge, as he is confident he will not fail.
As a king, Beowulf must learn not only to think in the now but to plan for the extensive future for not just himself but for his entire race. In the eyes of several of the Geats, Beowulf’s dauntless encounter with the dragon is morally questionable because it dooms them to a kingless state in which they remain vulnerable to attack by their enemies. He throws consequence out the door and reverts to being the hero. But since all of these kings were great warriors in their youth, the tension between these two important roles seems inevitable and ultimately irreconcilable. Fame was worth the
That mentor usually gives the hero some items such as talismans or artifacts that will aid the hero against the dangerous power in his quest (Campbell 57). The supernatural mentor is often described as ‘little old crone or old man’ (Campbell 57), but most frequently the mentor appears in masculine form (Campbell 59). 188.8.131.52 The Crossing of the First Threshold In this stage, the hero crosses into the adventure world and comes to the threshold guardian. The threshold guardian is a figure that must be defeated by the hero before the hero starts his actual journey. The threshold guardian is often described dangerous and threatening.
Also, we can see from the text that Odysseus has defied death multiple times with requires a lot of cleverness. Another example of Odysseus’s dishonesty helping him is in the quote,” My name is Nohbdy… Nohbdy, Nohbdy tricked me… ah well, if nobody has played you foul there in your lonely bed, we are no use in pain given by great Zeus… So saying they trailed away,”(Applebee, 906). In the quote Odysseus uses his cleverness to trick the cyclops into telling the other cyclopes that “nobody” is hurting him. This allows him and his men to not be found or hurt by all the other cyclopes. Another example takes place immediately after Odysseus tricks the cyclops into saying his name is “nobody” in the quote,”I tied them silently together, twining cord of willow from the ogre’s bed; then slung a men under each middle one to ride there safely, shielded left and right.
Maybe it is because as humans we think of strong and beautiful people as put together and someone to aspire to, so of course, the male protagonist of The Odyssey is both strong and handsome. Now, Telemachus can be both if these things, but he may just not be able to use them to his benefit like his father. The abnormal strength that Odysseus has is, well, abnormal: he is the only person able to string his bow, which is not saying that other have never tried. All of the Suitors did everything they could to string that bow, but only this barbarian of man, Odysseus, possesses the pure and raw strength to string the bow. He uses it to his advantage and strings that bow and kills the Suitors with it.
How does one go from wealthy and powerful to nobody? Is it due to bad choices or is it fate that cannot be changed. In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus is the great and smart king of Thebes who defeated the sphinx but he ends up as a beggar wandering the land alone. Oedipus should have known that he could not escape his fate given to him by the oracle in Delphi by fleeing his home in Corinth. Oedipus wanted the truth but when he was given it, he refused to believe it.
Our Founding Fathers were merely men, but they utilized their strengths and conquered their weaknesses to propel themselves into godlike statuses that molded each and every one of them into prominent historical figures. Katori Hall explained this perfectly when she said “We expect our leaders to be godlike. But I feel that when people try to sanctify leadership it puts it out of the realm of regular people. And that’s where the greatest leaders come from – from the people.” Our Founding Fathers harnessed their personal strengths and weaknesses, but this alone wasn’t enough to help them to succeed. They exploited the assistance of anonymous individuals to aid them in acquiring these statuses and their success.
For example, in Beowulf, Beowulf constantly advertises his mighty prowess, but also refuses to accept human qualities such as aging. Because he boasts to make his legacy known, it appears that he comes to believe that he can achieve physical immortality. He fears that his heroic legacy will perish with him and struggles to understand that a hero such as himself can grow old and be defeated. However, as ages, he is able to accept his human qualities. In contrast to
I think we all do hero quick things, but a hero is not a noun, it is a verb, says Robert Downey Junior Iron Man actor. You may know him for being made of steel, or having the ability of superstrength… But does that mean he is a hero?in my opinion, a hero is in someone who fights bad guys, it is that special someone who takes that extra step to make you smile. That is my hero A hero from when we were young to when we are old, will always be someone who goes through hardships, faces danger, and does The task no matter how strenuous it is. A heroes traits are different for everyone but the only thing they all require is the same determination to accomplish a goal. Every person has it in them to achieve the act of influencing others.