He did not do anything with anyone else’s thoughts or feelings in mind. Rulers are supposed to do things for the benefit of their country however, that is not what he did. Louis XIV constructed the palace of Versailles, and he also bankrupted France during his reign. This supports the fact that Louis XIV was the best example of an absolute ruler because it shows that he really did not care about what was good for the country, he wanted to have all the control. Among other things, Louis XIV bankrupted France which is never a good thing for a country.
As I began think about similarities both the epic heroes in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey have I also begin to see the many differences too. Gilgamesh and Odysseus are two heroes from two different lands and at two different time periods that were both in search of something, Gilgamesh was searching for life whereas Odysseus was searching for his way home. Gilgamesh, was a real king from early Mesopotamia and Odysseus is also a king but from early Greece. Two men, two different lands so much alike and also so different.
Creon’s conflict involves two choices that seem equally righteous—that is, between the stability of the state and obedience to divine law. Initially, he wants to protect his people and stand against all odds. He is willing to listen to advice, take no man who does not support Thebes as his friend, and bury all bodies according to divine law. Instead, Creon opposes the gods’ law and does not follow through with his initial plans. Therefore, his tragic flaw is hubris, or excessive pride that causes his transgression again the gods.
Another rule in the city of Anthem is the rule against love. The rule is that you shall not favor one person over another. Equality breaks this rule when he meets Liberty. He falls in love with her the first time he sees her. Their love eventually leads to them running away and starting their lives together.
His immense power is demonstrated when “he [calls] to his son Hermes and [says]… ‘Go and declare that Odysseus shall return after all his troubles”(Homer 62). Zeus’s powerful authority enables him to positively affect Odysseus’s fate, and, in the long run, guide him through his perilous journey back home. This gives Zeus the responsibility of either building or destroying Odysseus’s heroic stature, and throughout the story there are countless examples of times when Zeus is the one that finally determines Odysseus’s stature as a hero. Although Zeus positively influences Odysseus in many ways, he also diminishes his heroic stature in many situations. One time this happens is when “Zeus … [thunders] and [strikes] our [Odysseus and his crew’s] ship with his bolt”(Homer 159).
For both hero’s, Gilgamesh and Odysseus, the entire theme is set around their journey of finding their purpose as a man, and more importantly a ruler. They both set out on a quest for dominance of some degree and ended up becoming humbled while finding the great leader they were capable of being from the beginning. The two separate journeys of Gilgamesh and Odysseus help each of them to develop from kings to mature leaders. While Odysseus’s journey in The Odyssey begins at the end of his defeat in the Trojan war, his return home is his biggest triumph.
Antigone looks at herself as equal to men or if anything higher than men, while Ismene thinks women are inferior to men. In the Greek tragedy “Antigone”, Antigone learns that King Creon refuses to give a proper burial for Polynecies, brother of Ismene and Antigone. Antigone shares this with Ismene, she refuses to help Antigone bury her brother and thinks the decree that Creon has implemented are for everyone’s safety and well-being.
Gilgamesh quest to Utnapishtimis not only to escape his death, but also an experiance of life. Gilgamesh learns that no one person can escape death. He was bothered by the fact that only gods had eturnal lives. Enkidu tells him not to go to battle with with Humbuba. They tell each other life is to short and the fame is the only thing that last forever.
Some of the lessons to rulers found in “The Prince” most famously, the shield of heartlessness towards subjects has led to the judgement that Machiavelli book is evil or not moral. Moreover, the direct split of politics from ethics and attitude seems to pinpoint that there is no role for any kind of charity in Machiavelli’s state. However, Machiavelli’s never promotes heartlessness or other vices for their own well being. He promotes them only in the interests of protecting the state, which, in Machiavelli’s aspect, is a type of ultimate good in its very own right.
Narayana’s depiction of Rama as the ideal son of a king is one who is first a good citizen, fine with whatever he has, even if it is nothing. He told his step-mother, Kaikeyi, who felt threatened by his potential power, "be assured that I will not shirk. I have no interest in kingship, and no attachments to such offices, and no aversion to a forest existence'" (Narayan 45). This quote reveals that Rama’s ethics help him leave the throne to his half-brother, Bharatha.
In order to be defined as a leader, one must be loyal, decisive and able to take the initiative. According to this definition, Odysseus does not fit the profile of a leader. For example, he is loyal to neither his wife nor crew. When Odysseus visited Circe, he disregarded his marriage to Penelope. By engaging in intercourse, he violated the trust of his wife while she remained loyal, despite the urges from the suitors.
Creon is now faced with the decision to uphold the law or pardon his family. Despite Creon’s right decision to uphold the law, his family perishes at their own hand. Creon’s decision to punish Antigone is a right decision and is one that any good leader would make. He is not an evil man but one who is looking out for the state. While Creon is also looking for the respect of his countrymen, all those who disobey the law must pay
As demonstrated throughout the Greek tragedy Antigone, Creon’s tragic flaw is hubris which causes his downfall . The downfall begins when Creon refuses to give Polyneices, the son of Oedipus and the brother of Antigone, a burial. Creon believes that Polyneices did not die an honorable death as he broke exile and raised the sword against his home city, Thebes, so in return he will not receive a burial. Creon’s pride takes over and so he believes he is a man not only superior to women , but a king superior to the gods. He claims, Go out of your heads entirely?
A hero is not always someone with power. A true hero can be a person that inspires you to be better in life. Many heroes simply help other in danger. Police officers, firefighters and even doctors give people strength to overcome problems. What kind of qualities makes a hero?