Like other kinds of succession myth, Hesiod Theogony story tells how the gods came to be and how they established their kingdom in their own ways. Unlike to Uranus and Cronus, who failed to success, Zeus became permanent king of Olympus through his crafty tricks and wisdom. He showed better talent and characteristics than the other two predecessors when it comes to overcome their common destiny that their growing son defeats them and treat his fellow gods and children. As a result, Hesiod Theogony extols Zeus’s superiority to other gods and makes him stand out. In terms of coming up with solution to threat of each god’s children, Uranus performed worst.
Like Poseidon, Zeus would affect Odysseus’ journey and bring him off course. Odysseus goes to the land of the Cicones and raids it, and steals many things. This is what causes Zeus to be mad at Odysseus. Afterwards, when Odysseus is sailing away he explains to Homer how “...doomed appeared to us, dark word of Zeus for us, for our evil days”(Homer 684). Since Odysseus and his men did malicious actions Zeus intends on punishing them.
Some say Zeus saw threw the trick but decided to use it as an excuse to vent his anger on mankind and hide fire from man. He then begged Zeus to give fire to the mortals for there well being and when Zeus denied him he stole fire from Mount Olympus and proceeded to give it to man. When Zeus found out he ordered that Prometheus be chained to the side of a mountain to suffer there for all eternity. And there Prometheus stayed, thinking of the future, happy in the knowledge that he had given fire to men. He would later be saved by Hercules.
One of the key desires of Odysseus which he shares with most other heroes in mythology, is the desire to gain glory through his exploits and deeds. At various points through the text, we see the way in which Odysseus rather arrogantly ignores the advice of different characters or does what he thinks is best without thinking about the consequences of his actions and what might happen to both himself, and to his men, as a result. The best example of this is when, at the start of his wanderings, Odysseus was so focused on gaining glory that he deliberately revealed who he was to the Cyclops, and as a result brought down calamity on both himself and his men because of Poseidon's special relationship to the
Thus, inspiring Aeschylus to write tragic poets such as Prometheus’ Bound in order to express his own ideology and pointing the moral of tragedy. It is no surprise that Hesiod viewed Zeus as a glorified olympian hero and Prometheus as a traitor who stole fire and gave it to mankind. Aeschylus’s idea of Prometheus was conflicting to Hesiod, whereby he viewed Prometheus as a god supporting the civilization of mankind. Through thorough analysis of Zeus’ interaction with Prometheus in both Hesiod’s Theogony and Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, this essay will be able to clarify which one of the authors had the most accurate
Disgusted with himself, he gauges his eyeballs out and exiles himself from Thebes, and his hometown, Corinth. Thus, Oepidus the King is the true definition of a tragic hero, because of his excessive pride and self-righteousness that led him to fulfill his destiny. Oepidus the King is a very interesting play that I would definitely recommend to other people. The fact that it uses ancient tragedy really pulls it all together. Oepidus was just trying to do right by who believed was his father and mother but ended up making the gods mad.
Brutus is a person of noble birth and has heroic qualities. Brutus is a person who is fated by the gods for doom and destruction or at least to great suffering. But he struggles mightily against this fate and this cosmic conflict wins our admiration. Brutus is used by people who are close to him, kills his best friend for the “good of Rome”, and ends up ruining everything he tried to protect. And because of this he is forever our tragic hero.
Since the beginning of time, people have looked to a figure of power that would help them in their time of need. In Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Edith Hamilton, there are stories upon stories that tell about righteous and wicked gods, goddesses, and epic heroes. When discussing epic heroes, it’s usually the same two figures that come up, Perseus and Theseus. Arguably, between the two, Theseus is the better epic hero because he is ethical and morally upright and because his life ends tragically. Now when it comes to what an epic hero is, there are many traits and characteristics, some of those being: having significance and glory, going on a quest to establish greatness, and facing enormous tasks of adversity.
Downfall of Man Any true human has a side of ignorant pride. In the mysterious play, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Oedipus goes on an investigation. Oedipus sends a prophet and a trustworthy man to seek the Gods and figure out why there is pollution in the land. Oedipus’ pride creates his downfall which is proven in his investigation. To start off Oedipus’ investigation, Tiresias comes back from the Gods with news Oedipus wasn’t expecting to get.
He presumes that Caesar will become a tyrant. As friends Brutus doesn 't want him being king because he holds his honor more than his friends, and to him friendship is just priority. This is a strange attitude to have especially against your best friend whom you 're supposed to be happy and excited for their accomplishments. Another statement from Brutus in Act 1 is “For let the the gods so speed me as I love The name of honor more than I fear death” (I.ii.94-95). In this quote Brutus explains part of his logic/reasoning for killing Caesar.