He had nothing to give,” (Hamilton 200). To make up for it, Perseus had to slay Medusa and bring back her head. In fact, it was Perseus who offered to venture out and kill the gorgon to compensate for his lack of a gift. (Hamilton 200). “He stood up before them all and and did exactly what the king hoped he would do, declared that he would give him a present better than any there.
In Greek tragedies the three main elements are the reversal of fortune, arrogance/mistakes, and recognition. For example, Oedipus, the king of thieves, kills his father, Laius, and marries his mother, Jocasta. He was arrogant because he thought he could get away from his fate and instead does the thing that he was running away from. After they figured out what actually happened. Jocasta kills herself and Oedipus blinds himself because he knows what he has
Diction and imagery are very important components to a story. It is the way that the author displays their feelings through the character. Homer uses very vivid shifts in tone, sometimes creating room for the reader to learn a lesson. In one of Homer’s famous books, “The Odyssey,” he uses diction, imagery, and tone to show that everything does not always go as planned. Wishing to escape the cyclops’ bondage, Odysseus tries to get out of trouble and assumes that he and his men are safe by lying to the Cyclops.
Homer, was a great bard who travels from villages telling many villagers his famous epic. The Odyssey of Homer, Homer’s epic creates a theme around Dolos:Trickery. Trickery can be used to escape from life threatening situations. He uses irony, when Odysseus, is trying to escape the one-eyed cyclops Polyphemus by using “the trick of nobody”. He then foreshadows how Odysseus’s homecoming will be, using the sirens voices as a symbolic message.
Disrespecting the gods spells disaster for the mortals held accountable. Menelaus, the king of Sparta, is one who infringed upon the rule that the gods must be respected. When Telemachus visits Sparta in search of information about his missing father, which prompts Menelaus to recall a run in that he had with the Old Man of the Sea. Menelaus was tasked with finding the Old Man, Proteus, to find his way home when stranded in Egypt. Proteus was described as a seer who served Poseidon, so his prophetic power was useful in helping one find their way home.
According to Smith, “These are people who do nothing all day but sit and indulge on this strange plant.” This a strong example because imagine being lost out on sea, longing to get back home, having experienced some horrific things. To eat something that would make you forget all your pain and misery sounds like the greatest thing. However if they were to succumb to this temptation they would never return home. As Homer states, “‘All hands aboard; / come… or you lose your hope of home.’” (103-105) The temptation of giving up is strong, but in the end if they were to eat the plant, they would never see their families again. Smith states, “Although Odysseus does not fall victim to the temptation of the Lotus Eaters and is successfully able to haul them off and lock them away, it is significant that the food itself is not enough to lure him from his intended course.” This can be supported with when Homer says, “I drove them, all three wailing, to the ships, / tied them down under their rowing benches,” (101-103) Once again Odysseus has to rescue his men, and not give into the temptation of forgetting his pain and
In the quote below Odysseus says that they will all die even if they try to run. “ Fight your way out, or run for it if you think you’ll escape death (1285-1286).” Odysseus is saying that they will all die. This quote supports that he is not a hero because heroes do not kill people unless absolutely necessary. Odysseus kills people because he wants to and that is not hero
They suffer losses of their own whether it’s a spouse, child or even, in Hecuba’s case, both. We see how even when Hecuba has done a good deed for Odysseus, he was still part of the plan to kill her daughter Polyxena. In response to her reminding Odysseus of what she had done for him in his time of need, he only tells her the best advice he could give was for her to just willingly accept Polyxena fate. At the end of the day none of what happened to Hecuba and her daughter was justifiable since killing Polyxena was just an act of revenge against her when they were at war with the
When Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo accepts that Mercutio is dead and in the heavens but then he goes against the gods and kills Tybalt as well, “Either thou or I, or both, must go with him” this is one of the greatest foreshadows of the ending because Romeo accepts the heavens in part but also denies them a little (III.I. 134). Another example of this is when Juliet is learning of Romeo’s exile. She knows there is nothing she can do about it except kill herself and she alludes to doing exactly that in the last scene, “And that bare vowel “I” shall poison more” she instantly realizes she cannot live without Romeo and she is prepared to do anything she needs to in order to be with him, even though she accepts that this is what the gods had set forth for her
For example, Laertes had insisted that nothing could be said or done in order for him to change his mind on acting upon his own vengeance, yet Claudius’ words had done just that, and Laertes ended up paying the price when he was killed upon his own poisoned sword. Claudius himself is another example of the complexity of action shown in the story, for after executing his own sibling and therefore gaining access to the crown, the haunting memories of his action taunt him until his final breath