From the onset of the book, death is a recurring event, persistent throughout the entire poem. In many ways, the Odyssey is the story of the death of all of Odysseus’ friends and fellow fighters during their return home from conquering Troy. These deaths are particularly heartbreaking to Odysseus because, normally, one would expect that all dying would conclude with the end of the war against Troy. In this case, however, the anticipation of his return to his family at home became a series of tragedies. This sequence of events changes his view and molds Odysseus’ character in regard to his surviving friends and family.
When Tor tries to kill Eric as a sacrifice to the gods Merle calmly whispers into his ears “I followed you” (Sedgwick 54) it is ironical how she said this at such an urgent situation but the meaning and relevance behind the statement is revealed towards the end of the story, right before Merle and Eric are both killed by Henrik they realize the hidden truth—their star crossed love. The book concludes, stating “There is nothing now but the two of them, and their love, which has waited for centuries to be made again, “(Sedgwick 262) “And their journey beings.” which implies the repeating of their journey to find each other and fall in love. It is proven the Merle and Eric are star-crossed lovers, lovers who strive to love continuously even during the course of death and
Sophocles gives purpose to Haemons’s suicide by demonstrating that its cause was not only his love but also to expose his father’s illogical and prideful actions. He states “Then she’ll die—and in her death kill someone else.” after Creon refuses to change his mind because of his pride. He states this in love because he doesn 't want to live without her so he 'll die with her. The character attempts to convey his emotional frustration as the final possible way of getting his father 's attention on this subject. His father responds by saying “are you so insolent you threaten me?” he answers “where’s the threat in challenging a bad decree”.
Right after the creation of the creature Victor immediately regretted the decision to make the life as he looked into its eyes. Victor speaks with regret when he says, “I had deserved it with ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (Ch. 5). This is a successful decree. He expected to make life so gravely that it transformed into an obsession for him and he would go to any incredible to accomplish his authoritative target.
The Queen who was Laios' wife, is also Oedipus's mother, who he will marry as the new king of Thebes and contribute even more to his eventual downfall and death. Oedipus was taught to believe his parents were Polybus and Merope, when he hears word that those may not be his parents he decides he must know the answer. Oedipus decides to go to Thebes and find the truth of his origin. During the journey he ends up fulfilling an earlier prophecy that he would kill his father. Later on in the plat, Oedipus decides he must find the truth about who killed king Laios and ironically enough it is he who killed the king.
After tearing his own eyeballs out, Oedipus states to his daughter, “What evil is not here? Your father killed his father, plowed the one who gave him birth..” Oedipus is now fully aware of what has now happened. He felts guilty and is left broken. For he now sees what has become and now he must live blind. In conclusion, Oedipus in the play is a tragic hero.
In the tragedy Oedipus Rex written by Sophocles, King Oedipus was destined to a tragic fate. He was prophesied to kill his father, King Laius and marry his mother Jocasta. Throughout the story, many symbols reveal hidden meanings related to the ignorance Oedipus displays towards his fate. Sophocles uses Oedipus Rex to convey that ignorance cannot alter fate. The symbols of light versus dark and sight versus blindness help to reinforce this theme.
The hero Gilgamesh, passed through various tests and turns out better for it. For at the beginning the epic the king appears in the form of an unbridled, corrupted and cruel young man, then after the death of Enkidu, he is finally capable of a heartfelt deep sorrow. For the first time he becomes aware of the futility of existence, feeling the fear of the death, the hero of the poem turns to the gods to find out the secrets of life and death. From now on, Gilgamesh cannot simply rule his people, he wants to know the secret of death. His soul comes to complete despair: how could the immortal power and energy in the body of Enkidu die?
“O coward that I am, to live so long to see my best friend ta 'en before my face.” (V.III.34-35). This quote by Cassius distinctively shows the different reactions between Brutus and himself. Cassius quickly kills himself to escape pain. On the other hand, Brutus is mentally stronger and lasts longer as he waits for the gods to decide his fate. In the end, he took Caesar 's ghost as a sign
Athenian tragedian Sophocles expands upon this concept in his play Oedipus the King—a tale of a fated king in his relentless pursuit of truth eventually learning that he had killed his father and married his mother. At the play’s conclusion, Oedipus gouges his eyes and banishes himself from his land. In this quest for truth, Oedipus leads himself to many revelations, all of which cannot be described