Gods and mortals fought a brutal war for what they thought was right and to get back at past evils. The actions inspired by vengeance and justice in Homer’s Iliad shows how detrimental the effects can be on others. The Justice seeked by warlike Menelaus causes pain and suffering to many on all sides of the war. Paris by abducting Helen hurt Menelaus’s pride, “Menelaus had in mind taking revenge on the man who’d injured him” (Homer, Iliad 3. 26-27).
We are constantly shaping and reshaping ourselves, by everything we do and do not do, in a world where there is no real neutrality. We live in a turbulent world today whether we’d like to admit it or not. There are countries still in war with each other, dropping chemical gases or bombs at each other. There are countries that are killing off its own citizens and are getting away with it just because they were just “cleaning” their country. There are also countries that are driving out some of its citizens just because they are of different race and are supposedly a threat to the country’s economy.
Then he set out to conquer the rest of the world until his death in 323 BC. People today argue whether he is a hero or a villain, but he is a villain because he was cruel to every one of his enemies, he became extremely power hungry, and mercilessly killed people. Alexander was cruel to people. First
Each of these men went to great lengths to destroy the Christians and equally failed. Both were motivate but for one moment in time that would change one man from a killer to a savior and the other destroyed himself. Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus
If the two creatures come together; they could eventually destroy the world with their capabilities. The creature claims that it is “fearless and therefore [more] powerful” (172) than Victor. This showcases the evil side of the monster and also confirms Victor’s fear. If Victor makes another creature and applies his knowledge not only would he suffer but everyone else would too. That being said the two creatures will also have more authority over others.
This shows how powerful and terrifying the human brain is. The human brain named itself, it has all the power to reason and expound upon how the universe was created but we still don’t entirely understand how it works and that makes us very scared, and that fear makes us dangerous. Society uses the power of the human mind to justify the enslavement of others, not much can be more terrifying. We meddle in other people/countries affairs and cause wars and chaos all for the sake of being the victors, all so we can create truth. But what about that one child who opted out.
In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, violence plays an important role when humanity turn against the gods. The beginning of the third age begins with “crueler nature” and “savage warfare” (170) which make humans think they can defeat the gods like in the story “Wars with Giants.” The Giants become chaotic when they soon realize that they can be “harmful and greedy” (189-190) like humans so they attempt to overthrow Jove which backfires against them. Jove uses all his power to destroy the Giants for thinking they can put the mighty Jupiter out of his place. Ever since the evolution of four ages started, both humans and gods have to use violence to fight for their rights or punishment. Humans and the gods both have the same mentality that they are better
Some greeks still believe he exist because when he battled Zeus, Zeus had trapped him under Mount Etna. They believe volcanic eruptions happen because he is “a fire breathing monster that is constantly trying to escape the pits of Tartarus beneath Mount Etna” (Typhon; mythologicalcreatures”). Typhon is the most feared god because when he was born he was the worst of all of Gaia/Gaea, so most greeks think of him as “the most deadly monster” (“Typhoeus; greekmythologycreatures”). When the battle with Zeus happened every other god and goddess fled expect Athena there was a lot of damage done when the battle was over, which made the greeks believe that “Typhon is the deadliest god and monster that has ever existed in Greek mythology” (“Typhoeus; greekmythologycreatures”). Due to the fact that his cultural perspective is bad, the religious beliefs on him are not that good
There are many similarities and differences between the story of Noah in Genesis and the story of Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh. To start off, the first similarity I found was the reasons why the floods started. Both Gods in each story wanted to dispose of all humanity. However, there is a difference in the reasons why the Gods wanted to. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the God Enlil wanted to destroy mankind because they were too noisy, as shown in this quote, “The uproar of mankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by reason of the babel.” (108) However, in the story of Noah, God wanted to destroy mankind because he saw the wickedness inside them, as shown in this quote, “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth..” (Genesis 6:5) Another similarity is that in both stories a God commanded them to build ships.
Many believe that revenge is a toxic emotion to carry around with us. However, vengeance is one of the strongest emotions we encounter as humans. At times even stronger than love itself. Victor Frankenstein’s ambition to be better than God himself led him to create the creature. In return the creature was rejected by the person who is supposed to love and protect him.