In his novel, Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift frequently satirizes the flaws of human nature by exaggerating them in the cultures of his fictitious nations. Each country described by Swift shows an over-exemplified behavior that’s used to criticize our own. Although Swift is commonly labeled as a misanthrope due to his censure shown throughout the entirety of his novel, there is evidence that he has more hope for humanity than he’s given credit for. The Lilliputians, Brobdingnagians, Laputans, and Houyhnhnms are evidence of Swift’s misanthropy, while Pedro de Mendez shows how not all people fit into his stereotyping. Gulliver’s first expedition leaves him shipwrecked on the Island of Lilliput, where the other inhabitants are only six inches
Telemachus’ epic Journey to manhood “Telemachus, now to remember your coming of age. Years your trust was open as the doors of your house…” (Hughes 1960). Homer’s The Odyssey is a Greek epic poem that predominantly uncovers the heroic journey of Odysseus in his struggle to return to Ithaca from the Trojan War. He has been gone for nearly twenty years, and his absence has stirred up much trouble for the survival of his kingdom. We are brought to the distinct knowledge that Odysseus was a highly esteemed character amongst his people, but it is mostly through his son, Telemachus’ coming of age and the journey which he embarks on that we learn of this.
The Odyssey is often cited as an epitome of the hero’s journey and the monomyth. The hero of the story, Odysseus is on a 10 year battle homeward from the Trojan War to see his wife and son again. With the help divine intervention, Odysseus is able to return home and save his wife from the evil suitors who have continuously tried to win her. One could easily argued that Odysseus is an exemplar of the hero, but there is another story: Odysseus is the opposite of a hero and is not worthy to be called such. He is the villain where the gods are the hero.
He used his perseverance to keep going on his journey despite being without his family for decades. He also used his smart and quick thinking to make good decisions on where his journey should go next. Odysseus was a hero throughout the Odyssey because of the character traits Homer has written him to have. Although the epic poem has been altered throughout the centuries since the original one was written, Odysseus has stayed a hero to the reader with his amazing skills and motivation to continue his journey. The theme of this epic poem was to keep your head high.
As the name of the story suggests, the story revolves around Dunk and Egg. Dunk is the nickname of Sir Duncan the Tall, while Egg is the nickname of Prince Aegon Targaryen. The story starts off with Dunk burying Sir Arlan of Pennytree, whom he has squired for years. After being knighted shortly before Sir Arlan died on his deathbed, Dunk decides to try playing for the tournament in Ashford. On the way to Ashford, he stumbles upon an inn, where he saw an opportunity to sit down and have a hot meal, which he hasn’t had in days.
Moreover, Oedipus believes that he can save the town as he has done twenty years ago. He say to his uncle Creon, “Then once more I must bring what is dark to light” (Sophocles I, i, l 134). Oedipus literally means that he will bring light to the plague and drive it out, but figuratively it means that Oedipus will bring the truth that he is Jocasta’s son, a secret that has been hidden for twenty years, and King Laius’ murderer out to the light. Oedipus chose to dig down to the roots of the situation but ends up mistakenly destroying his future and blinding himself literally. Oedipus is blinded by his own innocence.
In the book Odyssey, written in the 8th Century BC by Homer, Odysseus follows a similar journey to a more modern heroine, Moana in the movie Moana, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Odysseus, a mighty but unfaithful soldier, who goes to fight in the Trojan War, but has trouble on his way back home to his family, who he
The cyclops Polyphemus effectively sets up the entire plot of Homer’s Odyssey, unleashing Poseidon’s wrath on Odysseus and consequently emerging as one of his most formidable rivals. Despite being perceived by Odysseus as an uncivilized savage and the polar opposite of a Greek citizen, it becomes evident that although the two are opposed in terms of customs, they fundamentally resemble one another when analyzed through the lens of xenia, rendering Odysseus’ worldview xenophobic. Thus, the Polyphemus episode turns into a powerful allegory for how the West has traditionally viewed people from foreign cultures that they sought to subjugate. Odysseus regards Polyphemus as inferior because of behavior that he sees as uncivilized when compared to
Mark Twain will often add slavery elements into his writing and hint at how wrong slavery really is. Since Twain’s writings are made in the late 1800’s early 1900’s, no one realized what he is really getting at with certain writings, such Mark Twain’s brilliant novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, featuring the two boys escaping society; Huckleberry Finn and Jim. In the novel, a country boy raised by Widow Douglas, Huckleberry Finn, is brought back to his abusive and drunk father, who left him when he was younger. Huckleberry then proceeds to escape his father by taking his canoe to the isolated Jaxson’s island, where he meets an African-American slave that had also runaway; Jim. Huck and Jim then leave Jaxson’s Island on a raft and start their long trek towards freedom from society and slavery.
after being granted Roman citizenship. Shakespeare expands the story line of The Brother Menaechmus for his Comedy of Errors. The Brother Menaechmus starts off with a rather humorous prologue in which a know-it all character with a bubbly personality recaps the overall plot of this play by Plautus. The chaos and confusion begins when two seven year old twin boys, Menaechmus and Sosicles, split up with their parents. Menaechmus goes with his father on a business trip while his brother stays home.