By doing so, his journey is an internal conflict: he accepts the challenge of putting others’ needs before his own. (TH) Despite the many critics attacks (TSIS pivot) on Ken Kesey and his protagonist, the journey he sets for “Mack” sees the “hero” overcome his self interest in the service of others. BP 1 - Leaves Ordinary World Ken Kesey’s notorious protagonist Randall Patrick McMurphy schemed for relief from the daily labors at the military penitentiary at Camp Pendleton with the idea that if he acted crazy enough for long enough, his
For instance, Gilgamesh comes across Siduri who seems confused that Gilgamesh has grown weary at heart instead of living up to his reputation of fearsome warrior. Gilgamesh tells her he looks the way he does because he is "afraid of death" (102). Siduri goes on to tell Gilgamesh that men are meant to die. However, just as men are born to die, men are also born to make happy lives for themselves and those around him. He should not sulk around because he is afraid of death, he should lead a joyful life because he is alive.
Choices that Odysseus makes is what sets him apart from other heroes. Odysseus will surely, using his wits, return home before it is too late to reclaim his wife and kingdom. Odysseus makes wise and poorly considered decisions in his journey to his beloved Ithaca. He will face many challenges, but he will persevere through them. Through decisions that Odysseus makes shows traits like intelligence and arrogant.
He often comes face to face with the wrath of Greek Gods, but always discovers a way in which he can return home as well as protect his beloved crewmates. Any reader should be able to take away the lessons being taught, as well as received, by a brave leader like Odysseus. Though heros are rare, they certainly were not born into such a honorable title. In order to be truly classified as a heroic figure someone must begin to dedicate themselves to a lifestyle of chaos, the way Odysseus had to better those around him. In the event that there is an obstacle a team must overcome, such as the journey home that Odysseus and his crewmates are making, it is important the leader of these individuals is willing to sacrifice.
Homer’s The Odyssey is a story about a man named Odysseus and his journey and misfortune that occurs while trying to return home. Due to its origins in oral improvisation, The Odyssey is characterized by many paradoxes. However, these paradoxes can and do function within the context of the story. One paradox in The Odyssey is how Odysseus is constantly praised as an incredibly capable hero, yet he seems to always need a god to help him out of trouble. Despite the seemingly contradictory nature of this statement, both can be true considering that the times when he needs a god’s help are when another god created the problem in the first place.
You now no man dispatches me into thee under gloom against my fate; no mortal, either can escape his fate, coward of brave man, once he comes to be (J 205-210) In this speech Hector, is trying to comfort his wife Andromache, because of his upcoming fate of death. This is when he truly accepts the possibility of death. Furthermore, his acceptance of fate brings courage and strength to his heart, and gives a feeling to fullfill his duty as a Trojan prince and as a warrior. Achilles also accepts his fate: Now I must go to look for the destroyer of my great friend. I shall confront the dark dear spirit of death at any hour Zeus and the other gods may wish to make an end (Q 65-68).
He wants to be remembered for doing unthinkable things, killing the impossible. The gods are seen as such a high power by the Greeks and to give guidance by one is a huge accomplishment. Yet Odysseus still thinks only of fame. Even the goddess realizes this, Odysseus can not even listen to the gods when they tell him to be careful, he is too overcome with greed and fame to care about his own life. Odysseus shows yet another time throughout his journey that he is willing to risk his life and the life of others to be remembered.
Although Odysseus could’ve ended his life right now and then, he waited patiently; That is the true format of self-control, holding one’s eager covets in the most crucial moments. If Odysseus just gave up and fought back, his plan would’ve failed, for he can’t fight hundreds of men all alone; proving that self-control is
When studying epics like Homer’s “Iliad,” the question of why these stories are still relevant in today’s society, is often posed. The simple answer to this question is that Homer perfectly captures the human emotions through love and loss. One of the most relatable moments in this epic is Achilles refusal to return to the battlefield, as it shows the conflicting societal expectation and personal desire. In a society build on the glorification of personal achievement, it become tremendously difficult to dedicate oneself to anything else. Achilles is historically thought of as a great warrior; however, it is often forgotten that behind his tough exterior and military accomplishments there is a sensitive young man being faced with difficult
And do they not deserve respect of the foremost degree for their steadfastness? They do indeed! And yet the passing of time has so made it that these great men—though persevering in life—are eventually forgotten in death. My goal for writing this paper is to teach people of one such man—to show others of the great hardships he faced, confronted, and conquered. However, my goal is not to put him on a pedestal of the utmost glory.