This example shows how honor is not necessarily one thing, but a combination of how one acts, treats others and handles situations. It is a reflection of how others see us and something that others determine. In the encounter with the Cyclops, Odysseus is seen as honorable by his men due to his actions. Rather than run away, he stays with his men and finds a solution to save them all. He does not put his life or value himself more than his men.
Because of this the Samurai's loyalty eventually became a part of Japan's culture where the servants of a household are just as proud as the family themselves. The Samurai followed a strict moral code called Bushido that was never written down but taught through example and was always was based on the society of the time this became apart of Samurai culture. Not all of the Samurais' cultural effects were positive
Violence is a common and reoccurring pattern in Greek literature. Famous and honored Greek heroes all share a common characteristic: they are brutal and murderous. Within Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey these are the types of heros that attain kleos and honor. In Greek culture, the best way for a hero to get kleos and honor were through acts of violence.
Also stated in “The Way of the Samurai,” and “Le Morte d’ Arthur,” the codes that a samurai follows is Bushido and Chivalry, the moral code that a knight follows (Doc. E). In Bushido, a samurai keeps a state of peace between other people, but uses his weapons only when necessary. One will be respectful between father and child, older sibling to younger sibling, and husband to wife. In Chivalry, knights are to be helpful to
A major theme in the Odyssey is reciprocity: people getting what they deserve. Reciprocity is an important theme in the Odyssey because it explains why Odysseus’ journey was very long and treacherous. Eurylochus, Antinous, and Odysseus all suffered consequences due to poorly made actions. Each of them made the wrong decisions which lead to death and a long/adventurous journey. Eurylochus was the first to be killed by Odysseus and his men due to his actions.
While the exact definition of shame in Samurai’s culture is explained through the Confucius idea of cheing-ming, their deeds towards shame is depicted through warriors committing harakiri. The historical background of samurai signifies that they “did not simply equate honor with a reputation for military [which] might external to the self; honorific actions were perceived to reflect their dignity” (Ikegami 1361). In this context, this ritual suicide indicates one's notion of their own shame, which presents emblematic of the loyalty, sacrifice, dedication, and honor. A scholar Eiko Ikegami clarifies the meaning of the warriors’ action towards this ritual performance as follows: “The samurai began to demonstrate that they were willing to die
intentions were to grab the characters of the key figures from that time period. So, going off of what the director says about the movie just proves the historical inaccuracy of the movie. Ever since the days of the Samurai there has been this sense of honor and virtue that you correlate with the Japanese people. No matter what they do it constantly sticks with them. Professor Bolitho says, “It’s an idealized image that’s been pushed onto the entire Japanese people.
Greek mythology was very fond of corrupt characters, even in famous works such as Homer’s The Odyssey and The Iliad one can see the extreme violence – In The Odyssey a cyclops furiously devours a human being and then he is stabbed in the eye— And it was more or less a reflection of their barbaric but intelligent way of life. The Romans adapted these stories and legends that were all overturned by Christianity around the 300’s AD. The fall of the Roman Empire fell and an enormously conservative religious culture took its place; surprisingly enough, there were several works of violent fiction during the Dark Ages such as Dante’s Inferno and The Divine Comedy – Satan eats Judas for the rest of eternity—other famous works might have been the Marquis
The film Chushingura embodies foundation of Japanese morality that is defined through Confucius idea of collectivism: “this moral theory is rooted in the natural order of a community” (Lai 252). This tale of bloody revenge starts with beliefs of Asano’s vassal that their lord received unreasonable death whereas Kira is escaped from punishment. This belief provokes the vassal to restore the honor of their lord by rebuilding his doomed clan (Smith 4-5). Although the vassal seems like they made urgent judicial decision of counterattacking lord Kira, they could not disregard their Samurai’s moral code (Smith 3). Confucius’ concept of morality comes in when Samurai demonstrates their dedication towards the moral code: they become selfless for their
The Bushido Virtue of Akira Kurosawa’s Characters In Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (1954), Kurosawa illustrates the code of bushido through each of the samurai by assigning them a primary Bushido virtue. The Bushido codes are broken down into seven areas; justice, courage, mercy, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty. Each character tends to lean towards a specific code of Bushido as the movie progresses. Firstly, the samurai played a very important role during the development of Japan as they were acknowledged in the social scene as the military class.
Reputation and honor creates for the most riveting theme in Shakespeare’s Othello. Evidently, no character speaks of themselves as an honorable person; instead they boast and use their reputation to unveil their superiority. Foremost, it defines a character and how they are perceived in society. Allows for the influencing or manipulation of others at the same time, concealing any wrongful acts. Eventually, in the long run it even determines the ending results.
The shields belonging to both Achilles and Aeneas represent a much larger picture than just a physical object. The shield ofAchilles is greatly emphasized throughout the Iliad, mostly because it portrays the story ofthe Achaeans and their fight against the Trojans. It was forged by Hephaestus. “ He made it so it was intricately designed, but as strong as can be. The shield is made out offive layers ofmetal with five concentric circles, all with different themes.
“Some viewers may find the following images disturbing”. This caveat preceded too many news reports in the past years for me to sit unconcerned when watching the umpteenth reporter covering atrocities perpetrated in the world. A feeling of restlessness began arising once again in me at the thought that heinousness was being considered ‘normal’. If I had always been taught that barbarity was pardonable in uncivilized populations, why was it being overlooked among those who basked in their absence of ignorance?
The Ancient Greeks value specific qualities in a person, however they did not value other. Ancient Greeks valued these qualities based on certain achievements or on a performances in war or even inside the city walls making substantial decisions. The Iliad is an epic novel by the Greek poet Homer. The Iliad is based off of the Trojan war between the Achaeans led by King Agamemnon and the Trojans led by King Priam of Troy. This novel focuses on the actions of several characters and how the disparate gods interfered with the war to help one or the other side have a chance to win.
Revenge theme in the Iliad and the Odyssey The Iliad and the Odysseus are epic poems of Ancient Greek, which are defined as central works of Ancient Greek literature. The Iliad, sometimes referred to as “Song of Ilion” is about a war between two groups, which are the Achaeans and the Trojans. A reason for this war was that Paris, a prince of Troy had taken the most beautiful woman in world, which was a wife of Menelaus, the king of Sparta. Due to this steal, Menelaus decided to avenge and take Helen back.