Narcissus declared he would not waste his time with a "lowly maid" and rejected her. This shows how Narcissus does not think or care about others, and concern some people like Echo not worthy for him. Because he had so much pride all he could think of is his self-importance, which led to the understanding of Greek’s value aidos (humble/modesty). His crucial and rudeness to others will be his downfall. Narcissus’s disdainful attitude has crushed others by their opinions and emotional feel, however because of such lack of modesty, he has crossed upon his downfall of extreme love towards himself.
Narcissus Forced to Face a Brutal Reality Was there ever a moment in your childhood when your dreams were shattered and you were forced to come to terms with a harsh reality of the world? In “Narcissus and Echo,” a section of Ovid's epic poem, Metamorphosis, Ovid details a particularly brutal coming-of-age narrative: that of Narcissus. Narcissus is a gorgeous-looking adolescent who attracts the love of men and women alike, but the love of all of his suitors is unrequited because Narcissus turns them all down. One day, as a thirsty and exhausted Narcissus drinks from a spring, he sees his reflection in the water and falls in love with it. Later, in a moment when he confronts reality and his dreams are shattered, he realizes that the boy he loves is actually himself, and that he has been looking at his own reflection the whole time.
Fate of Hubris For thousands of years in human exploration, there has been a interminable search for knowledge. Today people look back to the simplicity of life before civilization and wonder if the knowledge that we have acquired helps or hurts our lives. Similarly, in Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus, the main character, is determined to find and punish the murderer of his wife’s late husband. Through the character’s arrogance and the use of metaphorical blindness, Sophocles displays how mysteries lead to the self-discovery of an individual. In the beginning of the play, the author portrays Oedipus as a proud and arrogant man which causes him to initiate the search for the answer of the mystery.
Throughout the book Odysseus faces many women such as Calypso and Circe who try to deceive him. When Odysseus visits Hades during the Resurrection part of his hero’s journey he gains profound knowledge when he speaks with Agamemnon who talks about betrayal of his wife stating, “Never be too trustful even of your wife, nor show her all that is in your mind. Reveal a little of your plans to her, but keep the rest to yourself”(Homer 150). This shows that Odysseus gained wisdom, that even if he trusts the women with his heart he always has to keep an eye on her for her loyalty as they may try to seek more power. Another quote that represents this is from Agamemnon stating “ And now I will give you a piece of advice; take it to heart.
There has been much debate in the book the Odyssey by the poet Homer if Penelope has been faithful to Odysseus out of fear or love.Now I can say for sure that Penelope has been faithful to Odysseus out of love because a lot of evidence supporting this is good. The Odyssey is about our main character Odysseus, who after winning the Trojan war has been sailing the seas trying to get home for twenty years, losing all his men and getting home after a long time while Penelope has been trying to fend off the suitors with her maids and slaves. On the book The Odyssey by Homer, the author discusses how Penelope has been waiting this entire time if she has been faithful or not. In the Penelopiad in the first two pages, Penelope discovered the truth after the Odyssey and she stated herself that she had been faithful the entire time and Penelope has been seen time and time again to be good so we can trust her on that. Second look at differently translated version of the Odyssey, in the first and second about Penelope and Telemachus, it shows that Penelope did in fact missed Odysseus.
In Sophocles’s, “Oedipus the King”, the thematic genre of tragedy is exhibited because, as Aristotle puts it, tragedy is not of character, but of action. “Oedipus the King,” tells the tale of a man, made king, named Oedipus who, while attempting to outrun his fate by running from Corinth, saves Thebes from the curse of the Sphinx and is named hero and king. The dramatic irony depicted is Oedipus’s attempt to escape his fate leading him which ____. Oedipus has killed his father, former King Laius of Thebes, and married his mother. As a savior, Oedipus is a hero to Thebes, he is also a Tragic Hero to the Greeks as Aristotle explains.
Symbolism and Theme in Oedipus Rex Oedipus was a noble, royal king. Maybe his ignorance was brought upon him because of his power. “Confidence is ignorance. Eoin Colfer stated, “If you’re feeling overconfident, it’s because there’s something you don’t know” (goodreads). Oedipus was given the responsibility of killing King Laius’s murderer.
Oedipus The King by Sophocles Theme of Blindness Sophocles was a prolific writer and his long life enabled him to have a prodigious literary output. There is always a deep philosophic content at the back of Sophocles’ plays. Men suffer in the tragedies of Sophocles, characterisation always charged with emotion and poetry guesstimates the growth and development of his dramatic genius. One of the main underlying themes in Oedipus Rex is blindness. Not just physical blindness, but intellectual blindness as well.
One of Odysseus’ most important characteristics is his strategic mindset. He is always thinking and planning how to get what he wants or how to get out of a bad situation. When Odysseus and his crew were trapped in Polyphemus’ cave, Odysseus was forced to devise an escape plan. He decided that they would blind Polyphemus with a stick from his bed, but he needed a way to keep the other cyclops from finding them after they blinded him. Odysseus gives him wine to make him not think clearly so Polyphemus would believe him when he said, “Noman is my name” (page 134 lines 343-344 and 364).
From possessing flawed characteristic traits such as ignorance, stubbornness, temper and even excessive pride (hubris), which is evident when Oedipus gets the prophecy from the oracle when he is young that he will one day kill his father and marry his mother, he runs away thinking that he has tricked and outwitted the gods but unknowingly follows the correct path to fulfil the prophecy that was set. Oedipus, in this case, believed that he could get away from running away from a proclaimed prophecy which was a sin at the time, which he already he knew, but let his excessive pride in the way of his thinking. These flawed characteristics and aspects of Oedipus are the very things that led to his demise and overall destruction. If it weren’t for them then he very well could of lead a normal life for much longer perhaps. Though free will by itself didn’t cause all of this destruction, in hand with fate, Oedipus’s own choices helped him uncover his horrific deeds and put into play the devastating prophecies that were