When he stabbed Polyphemus, he brought Poseidon’s hatred on himself because he could have just left without stabbing the Cyclops in the eye. Polyphemus was Odysseus son, and Polyphemus prayed to Poseidon and he cursed Odysseus. Poseidon is Polyphemus’s father, so he was mad that he hurt his child, so he was very mad at Odysseus for doing that. Also, Odysseus could have made a deal with Calypso instead of staying with her for seven years. He could have left the island somehow, but he thought there was no way out.
An example of this is in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey” where Odysseus tries to persuade his crew to bypass Thrinacia, the island of the sun god Helios, but they were too stubborn and insisted on landing. Due to their ignorance, and refusal to listen to Odysseus they accidentally angered the god Helios and to appease Helios Zeus sent down a thunderbolt on their ship killing all of Odysseus’s crew except himself. This is proof of how this was not entirely his fault, and how his name and reputation of being a hero shouldn’t be
Later, while tarrying in Carthage, he succumbs to Dido’s will and aids in the construction of her city. It takes a god to get him back to the mentality of following the immortals’ task given to him. Lastly, in order to appease Dido’s fury he blames the gods for his secret plan to leave her. The gods did tell he must go, but to use that as an excuse for his foolishness is an act of impiety. Rather than pleasing the gods, Aeneas constantly forsakes his duty and continues to be
To manipulate is to control or influence a person or situation cleverly or unfairly. Greek literature demonstrates the captivating theme of manipulation at best through the manipulation of mortals by gods and goddesses. Specifically, The Odyssey by Homer illustrates the various ways this theme is portrayed through the main character Odysseus by gods and goddesses who detest him on his journey home to his home, Ithaca. Further, these influences in his life change his fate, mainly as determinants. Evidently, one can see an instance where Odysseus’s fate is influenced for the worse where Poseidon, god of the sea, swears to make Odysseus’s trip home a living nightmare.
Abigail also tries to get John to acknowledge that he, at least, used to lust for her by calling him out on, “sweating like a stallion whenever I come near,”. The second sin that Abigail commits is Envy. Envy is defined as the desire to have an item/experience that someone else possesses. In Abigail’s case, she envies Elizabeth for being John’s wife. “It is her dearest hope, John, I know it.
Some people believe they literally symbolize temptation. The Sirens lure sailors to their doom on the rocky shore by tempting them with their singing, making them steer their ship towards rocks. Odysseus resists this temptation by tying himself to the mast and putting wax in his crew's’ ears. Odysseus seems to be one of the only people in this epic who is clever enough to resist temptation, as these various examples have shown. Others, such as his crew, are not so
Furthermore George was going to be ostracized and potentially punished if he did not aid in the capture of Lennie or shoot him. Right before the boys went out hunting they told George to “stick with [them] so [they wouldn’t] think [he] had anything to do with [killing Curley’s wife]” (98). George had to shoot Lennie in order to protect others from lennie 's misjudgements and to save himself from
While curiosity is projected to be a beneficial way of learning, it can also lead to dangerous situations. The protagonist, Odysseus, experiences the negative effects of curiosity in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, as he embarks on a life changing journey. In the story, Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, is returning from the Trojan War, and instead of going straight to his home, his curiosity takes him on a variety of detours, risking not only his life, but the lives of his crew. When Odysseus finally returns home, his curiosity disappears, and he becomes very focused and determined to remove suitors that have overrun his kingdom. Throughout the epic, Odysseus behaves curiously and wanders with no clear goal of returning home, but later, when he is faced with the task of removing the suitors from his palace, he becomes driven to achieve his goal in order to restore control over his kingdom and be reunited with his wife, Penelope.
A Comparison of Women’s Deceptive Charms Although the Greek epic The Odyssey by Homer and The Epic of Gilgamesh by an unknown author are each an epic tale about a man’s quest, both mortal women and goddesses play pivotal roles in each story. These two accounts portray women as being deceptive, seductive and using their powerful influence over men. They use their sexuality and deception to gain control over men to confuse, and deceive them. In addition to the great deity, Athena, and the famous seductress, Circe, one example of a female using her sensuality to deceive a male character is Penelope, the wife of Odysseus in the Odyssey. She takes on the role of both a seductress to the many suitors wishing to marry her and a powerful mother figure to her son.
In Aristotle Fear and Pity, “Fear and pity may be excited by means of spectacle; but they can also take their rise from the very structure of the action, which is the preferable method and the mark of a better dramatic poet” (Readings, p. 92). The fear and pity that is in The Trojan Women is noticeable when it is shown that the princesses son is going to be