Odysseus cannot be proclaimed a hero because of his tragic and fatal flaw. Odysseus is guilty of hubris, or his excessive pride. One of the most prominent examples is after he defeats the Cyclops. Odysseus had done an excellent job of concealing his identity to the Cyclops throughout the book, yet he reveals his identity in the end. “I called back with another burst of anger, ‘Cyclops – if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so – say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye!” (IX 558-561) Right before they depart from the island, Odysseus shouts out the above statements.
The Ancient Greek practice of “xenia” is highly valued, and in Homer’s The Odyssey the practice of “xenia” is vital to receive good one’s fate. For example, the cyclops, Polyphemus, does not value “xenia”, so instead of welcoming Odysseus and his crew, the monster decides to eat the men. As a consequence, he lost his sight, which was primarily from Polyphemus 's blatant disregard for the Ancient Greek practice. His fate could have easily been avoided if he had not eaten his visitors. Another example is when Nestor of Pylos and Menelaos of Sparta are both hospitable towards Telemakhos, granting him whatever he pleases on his quest.
They definitely had their fare share of fate and horrible choices, which played a major role in their ruination. Fate and poor decisions went hand-in-hand in the path of Romeo and Juliet’s demise. Did not mention author or book title or genre. Romeo made quite a lot of atrocious decisions. (1.2.64-95) Romeo is dishonest to the illiterate Capulet servant by taking the invitation to the Capulet party, to which Peter (the servant) said Romeo may only attend if he wasn’t a Montague.
Finally, Teiresias caves and tells Oedipus that he is “the pollution of [their] country”(19). He is the murderer of Laios. Oedipus is appalled by the very idea. He calls Teiresias senseless and sightless, a “child of endless night!” and tells him “You can not hurt me/Or any other man who sees the sun.”(21). This is an ironic statement because the king seems to be under the impression that he is the one who can see the reality of the situation, with his analogy of the seer with
For on March 15th, it is predicted that something bad will happen to Caesar. In Oedipus the King, the Oracle of Delphi prophesied that Oedipus would kill his father and sleep with his mother: "You are fated to couple with your mother...you will kill your father, the one who gave you life!" (Sophocles 873-875). Despite this comparison, they both reacted to their fate in different ways. Caesar is too egotistical and ambitious and chose to ignore the Soothsayer: "He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass," (Shakespeare 1.2.110), while Oedipus took it the oracle very seriously and fled Corinth: "I heard all that and I ran.
Odysseus: A Lousy Leader or a Terrific Leader? In the epic The Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus can be categorized as a bad leader because he is a bystander to preventable deaths of his crew members and exhibits poor authority amongst his group. Odysseus dismisses the possible danger of death he places his crew members in. Odysseus and his crew debate what to do with their discovering of the cyclops’s goods, “Ah, how sound that was! Yet I refused.
Mordred is a very despicable guy to trust, so when King Arthur leaves him in charge, his plots were getting crazier and crazier. Then he tried to take queen Guinevere with him and marry her, but luckily, she broke from him. Then tried coming into The tower of London and tried to get her out, but was to hard. On p.368, it says," After the battle of Dover, Mordred had fled away in defeat. Then on p. 373, King Arthur kills sir Mordred for all the pain and trouble he has caused for this by stabbing him with a spear, but before Mordred died, he stabbed King Arthur on his head so hard that it went through his helmet.
In the song” Fixer-Upper” from Disney’s 2013 Frozen, one line stands out: “People make bad choices if they’re mad or scared or stressed” (Becke and Lopez). Brutus truly worried for the future of Rome, and he acted on that. Some may call him a traitor, because he did directly murder Caesar, without consulting other options, and his stab was “the most unkindest of them all.” However, in that Brutus “killed not thee with half so good a will” (Crowther) as he killed himself, Brutus can only be called a patriot. Killing a close friend is a acutely steep offense, and Brutus did just that, seemingly without consulting other options. Instead of assassinating his friend, a wiser step would have been to discuss Caesar’s motives with Caesar.
Another warning was the letter that warned Caesar about the conspirators plan. He intended to give Caesar the letter at the senate house, but Caesar pushed him aside just like his wife. A tragic hero has 3 characteristics; a fatal flaw, an irreversible mistake, and doom to die. Caesar was doomed from the start, the overtrust in his friends and the intolerance of his warnings. Caesar was even told the day he would be assassinated “beware the ides of march.” Caesar was a tragic hero from the start, his tragic flaw, his irreversible mistake and his doom to die.
In the beginning of the play, the author portrays Oedipus as a proud and arrogant man which causes him to initiate the search for the answer of the mystery. Oedipus is introduced with a problem in his kingdom so he sends “Creon, Jocasta’s brother, to Apollo, to his Pythian temple..[to] learn there by what act..[Oedipus] could save this city” (78-82). Creon reports that the Black Plague will terminate when “the man whom had murdered the previous king of Thebes, Laius,” receives death or banishment (112-113). Oedipus is oblivious to the fact that he is the killer of Laius so he orders his men to begin to probe for clues. He wants to be projected as a king who will go to any extreme for the kingdom’s prosperity.