Odysseus should be considered unheroic because he refused to listen to anyone's suggestions and kept putting his men in dangerous situations.For example, Odysseus’ men told him to take the cheese and lambs and leave but Odysseus told them,”Ah, how sound was that! Yet I refuse, I wished to see the caveman, what he had offer- no pretty sight, it turned out, for my friends” (Homer 5). This demonstrates unheroic behavior because they didn't know whether or not the cyclops would be nice but instead of putting safety first, Odysseus insisted on meeting the cyclops. He let his curiosity take over and stopped caring about what would happen to them. Also, when Odysseus and his men finally escaped from the cyclops cave, Odysseus continued to yell at the cyclops,” O’ cyclops would you feast on my companions, puny am I in a cave mans hands?
An example of Odysseus’ lack of respect from his men is when he “urged them to cut and run, set sail, but would they listen? Not those mutinous fools; there was too much wine to swill, too many sheep to slaughter down along the beach, and shambling longhorn cattle.(p. 138) Odysseus’ men do not respect Odysseus enough to listen and to follow through his orders, even after the victory of the Trojan War. In the U.S. Army, soldiers are expected to follow through their leader’s commands, but Odysseus’ men just ignore his pleas and commands. The fact that the men do not even pause to listen and are too busy sacking the city shows that Odysseus does not have control over them, even as their leader.
The Inspector’s dismissal of Birling’s relationship with the Chief Inspector “I don’t play golf” shows his refusal to be intimidated by status, hence encouraging the audience to weaken the influence of social hierarchy. Moreover, the Inspector’s presentation as omniscient, via the use of dramatic irony and foreshadowing, makes Birling seem short-sighted. Birling’s belief that the Titanic was “absolutely unsinkable”, when the audience knows better, depicts the blindness of the upper class, their idealism and lack of awareness for what is going on, which leads to them acting in a sense of authority they don’t deserve. The inspector’s entrance and disruption of Birling’s speech about social responsibility to Eric and Gerald is significant as it reveals Birling’s hypocrisy as he refuses to accept his inherent social responsibility. This leads the audience to trust the Inspector’s perspective, as a communicator of positive, socialist change.
Here is a tricky situation. If Lancelot gets on the cart, he brings dishonor to his name. If Lancelot does not get on the cart, he does not show his love for the Queen and he also brings dishonor to his knightly hood for not doing everything in his power to save his lady. Either way Lancelot picks, he can not win. Lancelot chooses to get on the cart, but not before hesitating a few steps.
If you do not have trust in your men, then in return they will not trust you. An example of Odysseus not putting his trust in his men is when he does not reveal the contents of his mysterious bag because he fears they will open it, but this just makes his men want to open the bag even more. When they do open the bag it releases winds they tear the sails and sends the ship across the sea. If Odysseus told them what was in it they would not want to open the bag and thus get them back to Ithaka. The lack of trust between Odysseus and his men resulted in the voyage lasting even longer and none of his men returning home.
The lack of communication throughout the whole journey home will eventually lead to mistrust and betrayal of Odysseus by his crew. Following Scylla and Charybdis they reach the island of the god of the sun, and because of the crew’s spite for Odysseus they don’t follow his directions not to harm the cattle of the Sun. Just in the events of the journey back to Ithaca alone the reader can see how Odysseus’ inability to be a strong leader leads to the dismantling of a good relationship between him and his crew, which leads to a much more difficult trip. Odysseus’ inability to be a great leader for the group leads to a lot of conflict among the crew members. Some point
(Golding pg. 62.) This shows that Ralph the leader does not value Piggy 's idea by mocking him by using unrealistic examples of what they could do on the island. The group as whole continues to dismiss Piggy and makes other choices in spite of his ideas. Because they do not respect them.
Kreon does not believe Polyneices deserves a proper burial for Polyneices was not noble in Kreons eyes. Polyneices was fighting against Thebes and causing terror. He does not want to give him a proper burial, as shown in the quote “...Polynecius, who died as pitiably - Kreon has proclaimed that his body will stay unburied, no mourners, no tomb, no tears, a tasty meal for the vultures” (Sophocles 22). Antigone is distraught at the thought of her brother being left to be “a tasty meal for the vultures” and soon vows to bury him regardless of the law. Antigone exhibits Fairness by wanting all other aspects to be thrown aside and give her brother a fair right to a proper
Esperanza calls out, shouting, “Sally, make him stop”, but her friend ignores her pleas (Cisneros 123). The man distracted Sally, resulting in her friend being scarred beyond all measure. The men overpowered Sally’s mind, causing her to fail her duty as a womanly protector. In addition, Esperanza places full blame on Sally because she “never came for [her]”, breaking her promise to return to Esperanza's side (Cisneros 123). Esperanza relies on Sally to protect her from the dangers in her community that she cannot face herself, and Sally’s renege left her truly defenseless.
When their hypocrisy in torturing only Orestes is objected to, as his mother committed mariticide and was not hounded, they defend themselves, arguing “[i]t [was] not kindred blood,” and thus it “[did] not count” (III.165). Once the gods threaten to take their powers of retribution from them, they are quick to insist that “[n]o man today / [w]ill stray from virtue / [w]ho knows that Justice / [m]ay strike tomorrow” (III.414-417). This defense relies upon man’s fear of retribution, and the assumption that without it, all men would commit acts of
“One has no right to refuse a gift or to refuse to attend the potlatch. To act in this way is to show that one is afraid to reciprocate. (41)” This quote resembles back to the clip because when Michael opens his gift he is clearly disappointed with what he had received by talking under his breath and leaving the room in a fast pace to avoid the person who gave it to him seeing that he was very disappointed about what he had received because it did not have any value to him. Reacting the way that he did caused the room to feel overall awkward and to judge Michael’s actions.
Jason Compson’s inability to get over the grudge that he has for Caddy, proves that one must forgive what has happened in the past to be happy in the present. Similar to Quentin and Benjy, Jason is an unreliable narrator as he does not accurately give a representation of what is going on around him. Although Jason understands the difference between past and present, certain details are muddled and twisted by his point of view. An example of this is when Jason is asked to show a customer “a churn or a nickel’s worth of screen hooks”. Both of these items are extremely unalike and would never be asked for as a substitution for one another.