To ensure that Augustus kept his power, he made sure to take divine influences into consideration, like his adoptive father, Julius Caesar, who was declared a god. He also made a point to prove to his subjects that the gods loved him, by restoring 82 temples that had been falling apart or weren’t used. By doing this restoration, he gained
In Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Knight’s Tale,” Theseus possesses a God-like presence, configuring the events and characters to his liking, such as the courtship of his sister Emelye and the tournament between Palamon and Arcite. However, while Theseus cultivates an authoritative greatness through his military prowess and elegant rhetoric, it nonetheless a shallow pretense of greatness that disguises his tyrannical need to control. The Knight’s ekphrastic description of Theseus’s banner– a static image that embodies Theseus’s stately essence and personhood– particularly illustrates his artificial facade. Moreover, the description of the statue of Mars in Theseus’s arena closely echoes the description of his banner, and in turn parallels Theseus
In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Antony implicitly challenges Brutus’ defense of why he killed Caesar by imparting a message of the humility and goodness of Caesar to the plebeians most effectively through the use logos, or reason, through explanations and physical evidence. For example, Antony began his speech with examples of how Caesar wasn’t ambitious, as Brutus suggested, by bringing up an occasion that the plebeians witnessed of when“on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious” (Shakspeare 3.2. 97-100).
The types of roles that Macbeth’s character encompass create a unique mix of desire, fortitude and a twisted sense of dignity. All of Hiddleston’s past roles are specifically tailored to meet these criteria. For example, his performance of King Henry V displayed his capability to be dignified noble as well as fighting as a soldier admits his brothers regardless of whether he was the higher rank than them. However, we know that this side of Macbeth falters after the exposition of the play. For this reason, we must look to his role as Loki for the sly and devious nature every Macbeth needs to have.
Odysseus has many trials throughout his adventure. The Homeric usual hero is what he is set up as but unlike most of them he redefines himself. Homer’s creation of Odysseus as a dynamic character through the stories within stories and conflict explores the importance of the evolution of characters despite his apparent hero status within Greek culture Odysseus displays a strong hubris in the first parts of the Odyssey which would fit his reputation as the famous war hero he is. This turns to become a burden on him, he is determined and cares for his men yet his selfish and arrogant behavior cost him those men.
In Shakespeare’s famous play, Julius Caesar, there's an essential theme of characters and their portrayal/actions in public versus private life. Julius Caesar himself led two very different lives with his family and close friends in contrast to how he presented himself to the public eye. In both settings, Caesar makes himself out to be invincible; however in private he is more vulnerable and superstitious whereas in public, he is immortal and the great leader Rome makes him out to be.
The Prince and the Catholic Church The Prince is considered a “handbook” on how to acquire and maintain power. Machiavelli does this by addressing what characteristics he believes a ruler should possess in order to be a successful ruler. With that being said, during the time in which Machiavelli wrote The Prince, some may have viewed his book as being immoral, as it did not follow the beliefs a Christian would uphold. It went against all aspects a good Christian would live by, ultimately leading up to an event that would forever change Machiavelli and his works in the views of Catholic believers.
LEADERSHIP IN HENRY V Throughout history, we have seen many great leaders marshal and inspire their men. From Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr, to Alexander the Great and Winston Churchill. Although undoubtedly different in their styles and methodologies, it is without doubt that all of these people were very strong and effective leaders. In William Shakespeare’s Henry V, we are also presented with different leaders – King Henry, King Charles IV of France, and the French Prince, the Dauphin.
There are varieties of factors that make up the plot in the Greek playwright Sophocles’ tragedy, Antigone. Many characters contribute to these factors, making the play exciting, dramatic, and inspiring, such as, the daring actions of Antigone, the sacrifice of Haemon for his love, and the affection of Ismene toward her family. However, out of all the characters, Creon displays attributes and actions that reflect the unfavorable king as the real protagonist of the play. Creon demonstrates righteous, leader-like actions and learns from his mistakes, which supports his character as the hero.
Speeches can define periods of history. We connect the American Civil War and the end of slavery in the United States to Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech "I Have A Dream" can never be defused in the countries' mind with the fight for equal rights. Since speeches can define the way people look at a period, Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" Speech could be said to define the time just before the Revolutionary War.