Without knowing whether or not Hades would permit Orpheus to resurrect Eurydice back to earth, he does not care. All he cares about is finding a way to retrieve Eurydice to him. Because of his determination, especially with Orpheus convincing Hades by playing music to him, Hades saw how Orpheus is really in love with Eurydice and how he cannot live without her. Because of his love to Eurydice, Orpheus cannot resist looking to ascertain that she is indeed following him, in turn breaking his deal with Hades of not looking back when Orpheus is traveling back to Earth. Despite the most talented musician in the world, Orpheus realizes that he cannot be happy without Eurydice.
The art of writing has been displayed through timeless classics and modern tales that bring people together, but whether a piece is written in the 4th century BC or the 1990s, all authors captivate their audiences by connecting to them to the story and establishing an emotional connection to its characters, plot, or theme. Stories such as Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, Shakespeare’s play MacBeth, or Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried establish intriguing storylines which develop emotional connections and relationships between the audience and the text. Throughout all three works, fear is a motif that is used to express the theme of main characters sharing a fear of displaying weakness. Characters in Oedipus Rex, MacBeth, and The Things They Carried establish fear as a motive for using poor judgement and acting out to protect themselves from displaying weakness. The 429 BC play Oedipus Rex, by the dramatist Sophocles, introduces the character of Oedipus, the King of Thebes; a man who learns of a prophecy in which he will murder his father and sleep with his mother.
When a person goes through a trial, he or she faces a challenge and their characters are revealed through their actions as they try to overcome it. In the movie, The Odyssey, the Greek hero Odysseus, king of Ithaca, leaves his queen Penelope on the island and goes off to battle in the Trojan War. Victorious after fighting in ten years of war, Odysseus announces that he conquered Troy alone, without the help of the gods. His hubris angers Poseidon, the god of the sea, who decides to punish him by making his return to Ithaca nearly impossible. This punishment brings forth many trials for Odysseus and his wife, Penelope.
Oedipus Rex, a play written by Sophocles, is an Athenian tragedy that takes place in the city of Thebes. The play starts off in the middle of a deadly plague, that is triggered by the death and shame of an unpunished murderer of the former king of Thebes, Laius. When the priests come to seek for help to the new king, Oedipus notes that he has already sent Creon to the oracles in order to get answers from the gods. Furthermore, when the chorus suggest that Oedipus should consult Tiresias, an old prophet, he has also already sent for him. Since Oedipus is in search for his truth, he is a man of unceasing action.
Ovid’s story telling of Echo and Narcissus myth in Metamorphoses shows how excessive self-love can be destructive and result in loneliness; which Fred Chappell’s poem, “Narcissus and Echo” explores this notion of loneliness corresponding with vanity. In this adaptation, there is a body of water that Narcissus gazes and speaks with while Echo’s voice is only heard as a repeated rhyme which is overlooked by Narcissus. The poem includes imagery from Ovid’s myth including the allusions of the flower and Narcissus’ inability of to live apart from himself. The way the poem is formatted it shows Echo’s words as thoughts or her words are unheard by the main character because he does not respond. The poem is about Narcissus voicing his thoughts as
In his epic the Metamorphoses, the Roman poet Ovid tells the stories of mythological beings who underwent some sort of change. In Book I of the Metamorphoses, Ovid relays the tale of Daphne, a beautiful young nymph who was tragically swept into a quarrel among Apollo and Cupid. At the beginning of the story, Apollo is struck with a gold-tipped arrow, causing him to fall in love with Daphne. Daphne, however, is struck with a lead-tipped arrow, which makes her opposed to love and marriage. Thus trouble ensues, and as the story progresses, Ovid weaves a description of Daphne of how both society and Apollo view her.
The story oedipus rex is one fatal tragic with lots of twists and turns. Oedipus rex is a story about a kid who is born in the world in the city thebes and is born to the world with a horrible prophet. The oracle tells oedipus father king laius that his son will grow up and kill his father and marry his mother. Being told this king laius casted oedipus to the be killed by being thrown in the river but the shepherd had pity on the kid and pierced his ankles giving him the name oedipus. The nature of human will versus fate is the most important theme in oedipus rex by sophocles.
The Two Sides Eurylochus The epic poem, The Odyssey, written by Homer (Fagles translation) has many different archetypes within the story that causes both the story and the journey to move on to the nest destination. In the same time causes the hero, Odysseus, to continue his journey either by some better or worse situations. In the aforementioned poem there is a character called Eurylochus. He is one of Odysseus’ crew, and he represents more than one archetype within the story. He is included in the poem so he will be represented as an ally and a foil for Odysseus to highlights the leadership of Odysseus.
Women have been oppressed in male dominant societies since ancient times and still are in some present-day societies. Homer’s The Odyssey gives insights into the Greek culture through the story of Odysseus and the challenges he faces in attempts of returning home to Ithaca. The epic poem revolves around men, or in particular, their hardships and accomplishments while rarely providing women’s perspective of life. Millay’s “An Ancient Gesture” empathizes with Penelope’s difficulties and admires her fortitude, while the poem addresses Odysseus’s fault with his lack of understanding and empathy. In “An Ancient Gesture” Millay implies that the hardships women cope with are undermined using symbolism, vivid imagery, and subtle diction.
In this quote, as said earlier, Oedipus is willing to find the killer of King Laius and says that he will face ‘’exile’’. On the other hand, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the four Athenian lovers are put under the spell of the love juice and they are blinded by this spell. They have an illusion they are living in this reality when in fact they it is just the appearance of being the reality. They start having a false construction of the reality that surrounds them and they don’t actually know what is going on. ‘’Ay me, for pity!