This is showing how even as he is dying he is still thinking about his people. Some would argue Beowulf isn’t smart and that his pride is in the way of him being a beneficial hero. Meaning it wasn’t smart of him to travel over the seas to fight a monster that he knows nothing about. Also, he thought he was the best of the best and that nobody can beat him. Although some people think that, other understand Beowulf was only thinking about what’s best for the people.
He acknowledges the weakness of him and his men for staying so long with Kirke because they were so satisfied with the vast amounts of foods and care. Kirke is a clear representation of one of the women who prevent Odysseus from persevering home. Another major hindrance is demonstrated when Odysseus washes up on Calypso’s island, Ogygia. He is stuck on the island for a total of seven years, having no way to escape and with his fate in the hands of the gods. When Calypso informs Odysseus that Hermes delivered the message that Odysseus can go home, he does not believe it and questions, “‘After these years, a helping hand?
Odysseus should not be granted an award for being a good leader in the Odyssey Although he fought well and won many battles he still made some very selfish decision 's. The Choices that the so called "Great" leader made caused the innocent solders to lose their life 's Odysseus chose to think by him self and not discuss with his mates about his dangerous ideas. Odysseus is A man know from the city/island of Troy, he is a so called leader, knight and great fighter. One of his selfish decisions that he made was when him and the soilders wandered into the cave of the cyclops, his soldiers suggested that they should take some food and leave, while Odysseus deiced to stay longer and examine the cyclops cave, This is were things get worse, as
To put it mildly, they are not heroes at all. They are role models, but for the most part, not in possession of heroic qualities. Policeman and fireman are at times classified as heroes. Until they prove themselves they are there just ordinary people. If a people are always worried about themselves then how are they supposed to influence others?
While Odysseus has exhibited traits of a hero, he is also selfish and over confident. You can see this when he is sailing away from the cyclops, Polyphemus. Odysseus yells out to Polyphemus, after keeping his identity a secret, “Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye:/ Laertes’ son, whose home 's on Ithaca!,” (Homer 9.504-505). By saying this to Polyphemus he not only endangers him and his crew, but his city too because of his over confident and selfishness. A different example of this occurs earlier in the poem when he commands his men to fight “backed on the ships, with lances keep play/…/ although so far outnumbered/…// six benches were left empty on every ship,” (Homer 9.166-177).
At the last day, the host’s wife even lies next to Sir Gawain and basically asks him if he wants her. “I come here alone, and sit To learn your special play: Show me your expertise While my husband is away.” (Winny 87). A person never knows what exactly she meant, but when they are talking about love and alone, the statement can be mistaken into so many immoral ways. However, he answers that he does not want anyone right then. Any other knight in the period would take advantage of that situation, but Sir Gawain does not.
Achilles’ actions on the battlefield or lack thereof portrays the hero’s absence of honor. Selfishly withdrawing himself from battle, Achilles allows his anger towards the king of the Argives to develop: “But Achilles abode at his ships nursed his anger. He went not to the honourable assembly, and sailed not forth to fight, but gnawed at his own heart”(10). Fighting the Trojans and leading the Myrmidons to sack Troy would have been the honorable thing to do, but instead Achilles lets his pride take over his actions and sulks in his ship in spite of Agamemnon. After Agamemnon offers Achilles many gifts as an apology when he sends an embassy to Achilles, Achilles responds,”[Y]ou have spoken much to my liking, but my blood boils when I think it
Carefully, Leopold brought a hand up to his cheek and softly brushed the three marks. Only five days ago had Brigitta scraped them into his face, and though he had yet to receive an apology, he knew she would never give him one. She was too busy choking on her pride, turning up her nose to any of her wrongdoings. Roderich Edelstein’s daughter, indeed. On cue, the little girl stirred from her sleep and sat up slowly, matted brunette locks falling into her face as she groaned in the direction of her brother.
Heroes refrain from bragging about themselves or their accomplishments. Supernatural friends or foes often interfere with a hero 's life. Heroes prove to be an influence on our lives to put others first and work our hardest. A hero proves to be a great warrior especially in physically known battles. Although Achilles did not spend as much time as Hector battling in the Trojan war, he avenged Patroclus’ death towards the end of the war.
Odysseus’ struggles were also mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, when he was eager to please the gods without thinking of the ulterior motives they may have. In the poem, when Odysseus is sitting apart from his crew while they load their retreating ships, Athena urges Odysseus to take a different path. She says, “Don’t delay: pass through the ranks of the Achaeans; restrain them with your gentle eloquence, don’t let them launch their curved ships on the sea.’ At the sound of her voice he knew the goddess, and casting off his cloak for his Ithacan squire, Eurybates, to gather, he set off at a run” (Iliad, Ⅱ). Despite not wanting to fight in the Trojan War any longer, Odysseus blindly follows her orders without thinking of his men or her ulterior motives. Odysseus would rather be glorified by the gods for doing their bidding rather than doing what is best for his men.