In the short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter” Patrick, Mary’s husband, goes home and tells Mary that he no longer wants to be with her and their baby. She then proceeds to express her anguish by murdering him and sets up the murder scene so that she would not get caught. Later on, she calls the police and says that her husband was murdered and the detectives try to uncover the murderer and murder weapon. Roald Dahl uses objects and symbols to contextualize his ideas that people go through things innocently without knowing the danger, like a lamb to the slaughter.
Another heroic trait that Grendel does not possess is power of blood. In fact, Grendel shares this trait with his mother, another monster we encounter in the poem. Grendel and his mother are descendants of Cain (page 44, lines 105-14). This corrupts their bloodline since Cain is a figure portrayed negatively in The Bible due to killing his own brother out of envy and rage. However, the poem allows us to make similarities between the two monsters and Beowulf.
Do Not Ignore the Laws of the Gods Loyalty to the state should not undermine a person’s loyalty to their gods. When the king challenges or ignores the authority of the gods, he is headed for failure. Sophocles trumpets this message throughout his tragic play, Antigone. After Polyneices rebelled against Thebes and killed his brother Eteocles in battle, King Creon decreed that a traitor to the state cannot be buried.
Sadly, Prometheus was punished by Zeus for this act. He was chained to a rock, where an eagle would come and eat his liver every time it grew back. He would not be freed unless a god was willing to die for him, or someone kills the eagle and unchains him. Prometheus saw that as hope and continued to wait until the day came of his release. ”Eventually, Chiron the Centaur agreed to die from him and Heracles killed the eagle and unbound him” (“Mythology: Prometheus”).
Lastly, he and all of his men escape the cave by strapping themselves to the bottom of sheep, so Polyphemus cannot find them (The Cyclops). All of these things that he did to make sure his crew had a safe escape shows his cleverness. He used his head and the limited resources he had, which makes him a hero. Another time he shows cleverness is when he creates a plan to get rid of the suitors, instead of just barging in to see his wife and family (“Twenty years gone, and I am back again…”). Odysseus knew that if he went back without a plan, the suitors would just kill him.
Hermes is said to have been sneaky from the start. This myth is about when Hermes was little, and escaped his cradle to steal Apollo’s cattle. Once he found the cattle, Hermes reversed their hooves and disguised his sandals, so Apollo couldn't follow their tracks. While Hermes was at Mount Cyllene with the cattle, Apollo discovered that Hermes was the culprit and was furious. Apollo grabbed Hermes and took him up to Mount Olympus where Zeus could scold him.
God had given the task to simply not eat from the tree, because it would kill their innocence, giving them the knowledge of good and evil. However, disregarding the warning they ate it and god struck them down, first with the serpent “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life (Genesis 3:14).” Giving a direct command god smites the serpent to be even lowlier than cattle. Cattle being dumb creature are now given an animal that they can be smarter than. The serpent is also restricted to only the ground, squirming and eating from the dust, which is where life returns in
After hearing the prophecy from the prophet that their child Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother, they ordered a shepherd man to kill Oedipus and leave him to die in the mountainside. Even so, Oedipus still survived the ordeal after the shepherd man chose not to kill him, as he could not bear to do so. As for Oedipus, he left Corinth after hearing a similar prophecy. He did so to prevent killing Polybus whom he thought was his real father.
In the text, “ The only course open to Okonkwo was the flee from the clan. It was a crime against the earth goddess to kill a clansman, and a man who committed it must flee from the land. The crime was two kinds, male or female, Okonkwo had committed a female. He could return to the clan after seven years” (Achebe 124). If Okonkwo was not there , the young boy would still be alive and Okonkwo would still be in Umuofia , his fatherland and had all of his items.
He then began a battle with them and also defeated them. This doesn’t show an honorable nor noble man, this shows a man who would do anything for power. Why else would he kill Pompey a man who he would have to share power with? He didn’t have evidence nor proof that Pompey would be a bad leader, so if Brutus is going to be punished, so should Caesar. “And do you now strew flowers in his way That comes in triumph over Pompey’s blood?
What was he known forHeracles final labor was to capture Cereberus and bring him out of the underworld. Heracles was to complete this task without any weapons. His labor was given to him by king Eurystheus for punishment for killing his own children after being known as Howard "2 insane by Hera. Hercules knew he should take extra precautions and he knew once in the kingdom of Hades he might not be allowed to leave or rejoin the living. Hercules went to see Eumolpus who was a priest known for the Eleusinian Mysteries.
This has similarities with Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. In the Allegory of the Cave, man is chained and suddenly leaves the cave to have his eyes opened. In the Garden of Eden, man is commanded by God to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “And the Lord God commanded of man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 16-17) While both describe essentially the same situation, each accentuates only the characteristics that equate with its theme.
He talks with Circe on how to get home. Circe tells him about the Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis. Circe also tells him that he and his men shouldn’t eat the cattle of the sun if they want to live. Then, Odysseus and his men head on their way home. Odysseus fills his men’s ears with beeswax, so they don’t row into the rocks of the Sirens.
While Andrei Konchalosvsky attempts to stay true to Homer’s The Odyssey, he extracts certain scenes which minimizes Odysseus’ incisive and prideful comportment. After Odysseus and his men impale the cyclops’s eye, the film simply shows them quickly sneaking out once the boulder is out of the way. However, in the epic poem, the audience is proffered evidence on Odysseus’ cunningness by describing how he devised a plan to use the sheep to escape the cave.
In The Odyssey, the character Odysseus can be considered a hero because he demonstrates many characteristics that are attributable to most heroes. After the battle at Troy, Odysseus strives to sail back to his homeland (Ithaca); however, he encounters some issues along the way and Poseidon attempts to make it impossible for Odysseus to return home. At the beginning of this journey, Odysseus wants to make it back to Ithaca with all of his crew alive. This selfless goal displays Odysseus acting for the greater good because he knows that these men have families that depend on them and would like for them to come home. Along the journey home, Odysseus and his crew come across a cyclops and become trapped in the cyclops’ cave.