His work impacted our society more than anyone else has before. Many of Shakespeare’s plays are all about tragedies that taught many audiences, of different age groups, many lessons. His work left valuable messages for the audience to take home with them. Shakespeare has influenced other work. Many
His rage is severe and makes him brash, in fact, this is where the most brutal acts in The Iliad occur. Achilles is so possessed by this furor that he mutilates Trojan bodies, takes on the river god Xanthas and, as stated, kills Hector and desecrates his corpse, known to the audience when it is said that 'Jove had now delivered him into the hands of his foes to do him outrage in his own land.' The Iliad makes it clear that his rage and furor is menin, a Greek term used to describe the 'rage of gods' and incomparable to human rage. His furor is also exemplified when he agrees to return Hector's body to his father, at which point, Achilles weeps for him. This culmination of exaggerated emotions makes Achilles a unique hero as he is not entirely perfect, he too has weaknesses and flaws.
Thucydides, a historian of Greek tradition, became a victim of a plague brought on by war and documented the plague in Athens and Sparta. Procopius meanwhile documented the plague in Justinian and focused on the Byzantine Emperor in Justinian. While these two historians somewhat agree in how they chronicle their respective plagues, there remains key fundamental differences in their assumptions regarding common human behavior and role divine forces play in humanity. In the two plagues, both historians began to chronicle their respective plague on the
Relating to that topic, in the short story, "The Masque of the Red Death" , It proclaims that a ravaging disease cripples the townsfolk in the story. The Red Death and the Black Death are almost alike because for one, they are both portrayed as diseases, for two, they both are claimed to kill thousands of innocents, and for three, they are both classified as a "pestilence". The definition for pestilence is this: " a destructive infectious swiftly spreading disease: ex. Bubonic
Falling upon us, the fire-bringing god,(30) most hateful disease, drives the city, and by him the house of Cadmus is drained, and dark Hades grows rich with groans and wails. Now, I do not hold you equal to the gods, nor do these children who sit at your hearth,(35) but we judge you the first of men
Indirect characterization is used through Oedipus’ dialogue to the Choragos, as he describes how utterly powerful he is and warns “those who fail me, may the gods deny them the fruit of the earth...and may they rot”(62). He is completely submerged in his pride and wealth that anyone who may accuse him as a murderer may have an unpleasant surprise by his order. This characterization not only brings suspicion of himself among the people of Thebes, but plays a role in his eventual downfall. Also, the reader, who understands the actions Oedipus has committed on the night of Laius’ murder, can say that he commits these sins in complete ignorance. However, he deserves punishment because he became so proud that he does not shy from attempting to rebel against his fate.
All is Not Fair in Love of War The novel Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut questions how war is perceived by mankind. Vonnegut in his first chapter describes the process of him deciding to use his experience of the Dresden Firebombing in World War II to be the main point of his dark satire. World War Two is one of many bloody conflicts and is certainly not going to be the last. It is ironic that there are so many regulations to the chaotic phenomenon of war because it is trying to give humanity to the destruction of human life. War is a time where we can justify the taking of another person’s everything.
Creon says that Apollo plagued Thebes and pre- determined revenge through Laius’s murder. The plays portray Deus ex machina during a discussion between Creon and Oedipus. Creon tells Oedipus about the prophecy “then I will tell you what I heard at Delphi in plain words. The God commands us to expel from the land of Thebes an old defilement we are sheltering. It is a deadly thing, beyond cure we must; not let it feed upon us longer”.
One would assume that Herodotus would end his Histories with the Battle of Mycale, which marked Greece’s defeat and the end of the second Persian invasion of Greece, but he ends with three digressions from the main text. One of the digressions that Herodotus ends with includes the Siege of Sestos and the vengeance of Protesilaos. Through this digression, Herodotus maintains the theme of revenge and foreshows the future power and downfall of the Athenian Empire. The vengeance of Protesilaos shows the continuous theme of graphic revenge and its consequences. When one of the guards was cooking a dead fish and it began to move around, Artaykets says “Protesilaos is showing me that even though he is as dead and dry as a salted fish, he has power from the gods to pay back the person who wrongs him” (9.120.7-9), which proves revenge is a common theme throughout the narrative.
Due to the mass hysteria the blame quickly fell to the rich Jews. It is stated that, “Jews throughout the world were reviled and accused in all lands of having caused it [the plague] through the poison which they are said to have put into the water and the well” (Document 7). The nation was in need of answers so when the Jews were pointed out as a scapegoat all of Europe followed. Though sadly the blame was not the worst thing to befall the Jewish people. In Document 7 it is stated that, “On Saturday - that was St. Valentine’s Day - they burnt the Jews on a wooden platform in their cemetery.