However, Hercules feels it his doing, so he quickly attempts to cleanse himself of his actions, by killing himself; “Shall I spare my own life then?” he said. “I will avenge upon myself these deaths” (223). But because he is humane, Hercules makes his own mistakes, but still attempts to cleanse himself, not matter the personal cost. After getting drunk in a house of mourning, Hercules prepares his blunder by venturing to the underworld to retrieve the dead wife. Though he could have simply apologized to the host, Hercules makes such a courageous gesture that shows he truly selfless.
His words to his brother shows how warlike intelligence he is “What will you do? Let’s not consort with them. To show an unfelt sorrow is an office Which the false man does easy. I’ll to England” (2.3.127-129). This shows that Malcolm is already thinking to preserve the bloodline of his family and to trust no one but themselves because they do not know who killed their father.
Had he had a close friend die before the war, it is certain that he would not lie to their mother about how it happened, nor would he not show any emotion, so this interaction displays how his ability to display emotion has been impeded. In addition, the entire situation that Paul goes through when his father “drags [him] along to a table with a lot of others.”(p. 166) He sees that they don’t understand what war is like at all, as when “a head-master shakes hands with [him] and says: ‘So you come from the front? What is the spirit like out there? Excellent, eh? Excellent?’” (p.
Refusal to yield due to pride is a human weakness evident in both the ancient times and today's society. In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, King Oedipus refuses to yield when Tiresias urges him that “there’s no help in the truth” (Sophocles 17). Since Oedipus is too proud and stubborn to believe Tiresias, he ignores Tiresias’ advice and unfolds the truth concerning his own past and King Laius’ death, thinking that he will save Thebes from the plague, but ends up only harming himself and his loved ones. Like Oedipus, Muhammad Ali, a professional boxer, is also proud of his beliefs and refuses to yield and join the U.S. military when drafted during the Vietnam War, despite the criticism and punishment he receives. Ali stated that his “ ‘conscience [won't]
For both hero’s, Gilgamesh and Odysseus, the entire theme is set around their journey of finding their purpose as a man, and more importantly a ruler. They both set out on a quest for dominance of some degree and ended up becoming humbled while finding the great leader they were capable of being from the beginning. The two separate journeys of Gilgamesh and Odysseus help each of them to develop from kings to mature leaders. While Odysseus’s journey in The Odyssey begins at the end of his defeat in the Trojan war, his return home is his biggest triumph. His trials and tribulations from the God’s are brought on from his own over-confidence of his cleverness and wittiness - his greatest assets also proved to be his biggest downfall.
My own blind heart has brought me. From darkness to final darkness. Here you see. The father murdering, the murdered son––And all my civic wisdom! Haimon my son, so young, so young to die, I was the fool, not you; and you died for me.” Creon implores that he has been blinded by his pride and that he didn’t see that Haemon’s ultimatum and love for Antigone would be the reason why Haemon would kill himself.
Paul’s fear blinds him at first, and he cannot see how broken his family is. When Paul tells the police about Erik He admits that he cannot stand up to his brother: “‘Do we have your statement, son?’ ‘No, sir.’ Then I felt compelled to add, ‘I wasn’t brave enough to give my statement’” (285). Paul doesn’t think his words matter, but when he finally is brave enough he tells what he knows, even though no one might believe him. He overcomes his blindness and tells his story anyways. Paul could finally see the tear in his family that his parents had tried to stitch up.
Above all Chris McCandless was an arrogant man. He refused many offers of help he got under the ground of that it was cheating. His arrogance led to him taking unnecessary risks which led to him encountering many hapless events. A quote from Into the Wild, his sister Carine said, “ Chris didn’t think twice about risking his own life, but he never would have put Buckley in any kind of danger (Krakauer 128). This really shows that without a person to keep a handle on him, to give him a conscience about what he was putting himself into, he was really the only one credible for his ultimate demise.
He’s dead, buried, below ground. And here I am in Thebes----I did not put hand to sword.” (Sophocles 53). A clear contrast is given to the audience, as before this scene, Oedipus is filled with anger and the fear, and now, he is filled with satisfaction and joy of escaping the prophecy. However, this delight is then shattered by a drastic change, as the messenger mentions the truth that Oedipus shares no blood with his kind: “Because Polybus was
There are characters in Macbeth and As I Lay Dying that are greedy. Macbeth wants to be king and knows Macduff is not loyal to him. Macbeth plans to send murders to kill the family of Macduff. The murders kill the wife and children of Macduff. Macbeth kills the family because Macduff is working with Malcolm in England.