Agamemnon’s taking of Briseis enrages Achilles and spurs him to remove himself from the war, leading to a massive death toll in the Achaean forces. In stealing Briseis from Achilles, he is not only robbing of him of a material prize, but also a symbol of honor, his geras, in Greek culture. In retaliation, Achilles removes himself from the war and prays to his mother, Thetis, that she will ask Zeus to damage the Achaean forces. Achilles’ only goal is that “even mighty Atrides can see how mad he was to disgrace Achilles” (1.488-490). Despite having no true grievance against the Achaean army as a whole, Achilles’ rage blinds him from the potential harm that may befall his troops.
Book 21 focused heavily on setting up for the audience and everyone around him that the entire reason he was there was to avenge his best friend and make sure that everyone responsible paid for his death. One particular quote caught my attention as being a good explanation, stating “No, you’ll all die, die ugly deaths, until you have paid for the Greeks’ loss, for Patroclus dead, killed by the ships while I was away” (Iliad, Book 21, 141-43). He also exposes his motive for why he feels he must avenge Patroclus- he feels responsible for not being there when Patroclus died, possibly able to prevent him from meeting such a fate. Now he is taking out his anger over Patroclus’ death on all Trojans and refuses to show any of them mercy. Going beyond just seeking revenge, he’s also continuing to partake in the aforementioned brutal violence.
He can’t help but thinking about the image “I saw the lifeless form of Henry Clerval Stretched out before me(167). Not only is horror used but also violence. Violence is seen when Victor learns about the tragic death of his young brother. He is upset about the fact he was murdered in such a cruel way “To die so miserably, to feel the murders grasp”(60). The moments of supernatural and mystery are also seen in this novel and have a huge impact
In the play, Oedipus the King, there are many different examples of situational, dramatic, and verbal irony. Irony is very prevalent during this play, mostly because of the backstory of Oedipus. Oedipus’s parents were presented with an oracle that stated their son, Oedipus, would eventually destroy the city of Thebes, kill his father, and lie with his own mother (Oedipus Rex 1205-1206). As the story goes on, Thebes is hit with a plague and the only way to get rid of it is to exile or kill the murderer of King Laius, the king of Thebes (99-108). Although Oedipus was determined to find the murderer of Laius, it ended up being himself (1118-1123).
Antigone Images In Antigone, one of the most powerful scenes is the death of Ismene and Antigone’s brother. The scene also develops the plot, along with the character’s varying personality traits. In the scene, Antigone travels to give her brother a proper burial. In the original scene, Ismene was not involved because she feared punishment.
Croally say, War is the responsibility of men, but war also kills men. The normal consequence of loss of men in war is that their wives, daughters and other female dependents will be enslaved by the victors (85). Their future would now be consumed with humiliation, and punishment for themselves and the other
In one instance, it is used to convey that the mourners believe they should try to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again because of the impact the deaths had on them. For example, in the fourth, stanza it states, “for there we strike by day and by night, / there we kick by day and by night, / there we spit by day and by night / until the doors of hatred fall” the repetition allows the reader to realize that the narrator is frustrated by the war that has caused the militiamen to die. The repetition of “there we…by day and by night” indicates that the mourners are greatly impacted by the militiamen’s deaths because they are willing to take action “by day and by night” to make sure this does not happen again. In addition, repetition is also used to relay how strongly the mourners feel about the loss of the soldiers. They feel “more than anger, more than scorn, more / than weeping,” and the “mothers [are] pierced by anguish and death”.
The theme that war is terrible in many ways is shown in the story many times. One example of this is when the sniper turns over the body of the person he killed and he finds out that it is his brother he killed. This craft move of surprise shows that the war split up his family and
One saying that has been passed down from generation to generation is that war is always unjust and cruel. The story, My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, shows how one family was dragged into the war and split apart by it. The Meeker family experienced the unfairness of war by losing friends and family and their business suffering. War is unfair for a number of reasons. One of them is how it drags people into it.
Mercutio’s ignorant decision to duel Tybalt led him to his own death and grief of friends and family. Mercutio was not aware of the consequences he would be facing because of his own decision. He announces in the text, “Ask for/me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I/am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o '/both
(Wickersham) That 's when he had to go complete the twelve labors of Hercules as a form of punishment the gods thought was appropriate for his crime. Also, another act of destruction Hercules caused was the murder of his half-brother Iphitus. "This crime was more than fratricide; it breached the laws of hospitality, for Iphitus was Hercules ' guest when Hercules hurled him down from the walls of Tiryns." (Bleiberg)
Pathos neatly describes the tone of Telemakhos’s speech towards the suitors, which did end up having a guilty effect on majority of the people, but surprisingly not all of them. As it states in the text, “ Let me lament in peace my private loss..” (Homer 2.75). The quote shows that Telemakhos is trying to cope with his father being gone, but isn’t getting the chance to do just that. Instead, he is trying to soak up the idea of being a leader, like his father, to his people.
In Phaethon, the author promotes Phaethon’s bravery. As the story begins the author uses diction to describe the climb to the Sun God’s palace. He says, “A mortal dared to approach. ”(1) As the story continues the author shows bravery through Phaethon’s actions.