Siduri giving Gilgamesh advice does seem a little odd because he is a cruel man who listens to no one but himself and has a feeling of superiority because he is part god. While he may not have necessarily wanted the advice it was something he needed. He would have lived out the rest of his life as a miserable man and would have driven himself crazy if he put all his time into worrying about being immortal. The advice was very simple and reasonable and completely transformed his
“I wanted to briefly be adored by strangers, to be remembered as a handsome and kind man, a better man, more complete, even saintly”. This quote expresses David’s ongoing internal battle between knowing who he is as a person and worrying about how others identify him. In reality, the only person’s opinion that David should be cautious about is Sharon 's, which ironically is the only opinion that he destroyed in the process. Another ironic part in the story is how Sharon never forgives David for the lie he told that day, yet later on in their marriage, she is the one lying the most and keeping the biggest secret of all, the
John Proctor, the protagonist of The Crucible, qualifies as a tragic hero because he has a tragic flaw, is ethically superior to the other characters in the play, and struggles to find peace with himself in midst of the lies and chaos during this play. John Proctor possesses a tragic flaw that forces him to hide his prideful mistake, which eventually brings about his downfall. I guess the old saying is true, “Pride comes before the fall”. John Proctor’s tragic flaw is his excessive pride, and he expresses it abundantly throughout the play. In Act I, it states, “ Proctor: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time.
If fate decreed that Zeus act the way he did, is it truly right to consider him as someone who acts out of duty? Regardless of whether Zeus was compelled by fate to do what he did, it does not change the fact that his actions embodies dutifulness. On multiple occasions in the Iliad, Zeus even considered breaking fate in order to achieve his wishes, but decides against it as it was his duty. Secondly, he bore dozens of children to dozens of different women signaling that he was not dutiful to his sister-wife Hera. Although this was true, Zeus did so partly out of duty as well.
Nor did that Justice who lives with the gods below were so strong that you, a mortal man, could ever over-run the gods’ unwritten and unfailing laws. Not now, nor yesterday’s, they always live…not through fear of any man’s proud spirit would I be likely to neglect these laws,” (449-458). Antigone is saying that she is really following the god’s laws by disobeying Creon’s law, therefore, elucidating the impression that Antigone is in agreement with Creon in the sense that one must obey authority. She does not agree, however, that she must obey Creon’s law because it was not of the gods. Though she follows the gods, she still broke the second tier of authority (Creon’s authority) and was met with an untimely end for her
His story tells us that man can do his best, but even then, he cannot overcome the inevitable fate. Oedipus eventually sees the truth of his life, so Sophocles hammers home his point by having the king stab out his own eyes. Oedipus says he does this because he can no longer look at the evil that his actions have created. “crying out that they should never see him again, nor what he suffered nor the evil he did, nor look on those they should not— but only darkness, forever” (1271-74). Oedipus literally becomes the thing he's always been: blind.
Macbeth deeply regrets his murder of Duncan because he realizes that Banqos stratagem is so superior that he will have to make no sacrifices to ensure his son’s kingship, while Macbeth had to endure so much pain only to gain an unfruitful kingship. Macbeth was forced to go against his moral code, suffering so much from regret to gain his short kingship, but because of his fear of Banqo’s abilities, he is worried that Banqo’s son will be able to easily attain the throne. He remarks on Banqo’s abilities that he “hath the wisdom that doth guide his valor to act in safety.” (58-59) Macbeth knows that Banqo is not so irrational and risky as Macbeth, and that his logical and rational thinking will lead him to not take so many risks while also ensuring his sons kingship. Macbeth risked imprisonment
These traits include the hero’s tragic flaw, his position in society and his realization that his virtues had caused his demise. The tragic hero in Antigone is Creon, because he is a mature leader of society whose virtues (or flaws) cause his downfall. Creon is obdurate as he does not heed advice given from anyone during the majority of the play, he then finally follows the counsel that the Chorus Leader gives him near the end of the play. This is apparent during the argument between Haemon and Creon as Haemon tries to persuade him to listen to his subjects and change his opinions on the matter of Polyneices’ burial as well as the incarceration of Antigone. Creon disagrees strongly and becomes inflamed towards Haemon.
He cannot even fight for a worthy cause dear to his heart, but Fortinbras’ men die for a meaningless reason. Shakespeare uses particular words such as “death” (4.4.55), “danger dare” (4.4.55), “eggshell” (4.4.56), and “honor” (4.4.59) to show that Fortinbras’ men are braver than Hamlet since they take action. For this, Hamlet is irritated since they are fighting for an eggshell, a simple and useless item. However, this irritation sparks a realization which allows a powerful ending to the soliloquy. Hamlet vows to only have “bloody” (4.4.69) thoughts.
Claudius tries and fails to pray for forgiveness, but Hamlet mistakes this for repentance. Because of this, he decides to "trip him that his heels ay kick at heaven" and delays in killing him. Unfortunately for him, his uncle is not truly remorseful for his sins, saying "My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go". The king is deceptive without even trying, it is second nature to him.
Chesterfield begins this process of degradation by proposing that his son must be mortified for all the help he has received in order to succeed. Chesterfield writes, “your shame and regret must be greater than anybody’s because everybody knows the uncommon care which has been taken of your education, and the opportunities you have had…” (43-45). Chesterfield is clearly suggesting that his son should feel unaccomplished because his achievements were not accomplished on his own. Chesterfield further reduces the pride of his son by stating, “to know little of anything, gives neither satisfaction nor credit, but often brings disgrace and ridicule” (53-55). Chesterfield is implying that his son does not know enough and must expand his knowledge before he can prosper.
Crane writes Henry saying, “‘Well, we both did good. I 'd like to see the fool what 'd say we both didn 't do as good as we could’” (205). In this small gesture, the reader is shown that Henry is becoming more and more selfless, as Henry would have taken the glory for the victory and refused to share it even two chapters earlier. Crane is sure to leave Henry with flaws, however: “A scowl of mortification and rage was upon his face. He had thought of a fine revenge upon the officer who had referred to him and his fellows as mule drivers” (192).
Backwards possessed control over the delegation he sits on. But now we see, there are finally fractures in his once stalwart faction. I must confess that I am grateful that we are finally free from tyranny, and that he is exposed for what he truly is. He cares not for this convention nor the work we do, and would like nothing more than to witness it’s destruction. That is not to say, however, that Mr. Backwards cares for nothing at all, as I have stated before, he cares much for himself and his drink!