The fact that the men do not even pause to listen and are too busy sacking the city shows that Odysseus does not have control over them, even as their leader. Another example of Odysseus’ lack of leadership in the book is when Odysseus does not tell his men about the bag of winds and thinks, “A fatal plan, but it won my shipmates over.They loosed the sack and all the winds burst out and a sudden squall struck and swept us back to sea…”(p.157) Odysseus keeps the fact that he has the key to the safe journey home in a bag. Odysseus does not trust his men and his men do not trust him back, so the men betray Odysseus and open the bag. Even with the big help from King Aeolus, Odysseus does not tell his men, showing distrust between both parties. The leader of men does not have to question his authority over his men, but
How do you like the beating that we gave you…” (L. 390-392). This piece of evidence has two parts on how Odysseus endangers his men. The outcome of Odysseus’ outburst is a majority of his men dying and being cursed by Cyclops’s father, Poseidon, the God of the Sea. This shows how Odysseus bragging and his arrogance leads his men and him to danger. The role of a leader should be to lead his men to safety and
John Ruskin once said, “The first test of truly great man is his humility”. In The Odyssey, an epic poem by Homer, the central character Odysseus learns humility through his failures and growth in obedience making him a hero. Odysseus reaches a heroic status through the lessons learned on his journey, which ultimately taught him the value of obedience and the dangers of arrogance. Initially, Odysseus appears to lack the heroic quality of humility, through his narcissistic nature. When Odysseus is leaving the cyclops cave, his egotistical behavior is shown when he tells Polyphemus who hurt him.
When they get back to the boat and Odysseus yells out to the Cyclopes his name. Which means a harder journey for Odysseus and his men because Polyphemus is Poseidon's son.In this book Odysseus shows his pride when he yells from the boat and almist gets him and his men killed. In the movie Odysseus pride is most shown when he blames her situation solely on his men. He acts extremely self centered, self righteous and all important. Odysseus does not show any respect for his men after everything they have been through.
In contrast, Aeneas constantly suppresses his desires, prioritizing the future of the Trojans and obedience to the gods. Odysseus and Aeneas each embody the focus of their individual cultures, with Odysseus fixated on himself, like the individualistic Greeks, and Aeneas motivated by the idea of achieving something
Instead, Polyphemus the cyclops eats several of Odysseus’ men. Instead of leaving the island unscathed and with food, Odysseus’ curiosity caused tragic losses that could have been averted. Another instance of lack of self-control, is shown in “Sea Perils and Defeat” when they pass by the island of Thrinacia. Odysseus attempts to persuade his men to simply pass the island and to leave the cat, but it was to no avail. Driven by hunger, the men ignore his warnings to not feast on the cattle.
The men likely would not have held their beach, had Odysseus been a weaker leader. The second time Odysseus’ men interfered with his return home was on the island of the sun god. Though Odysseus cautioned his men against touching Helios’ cattle, his men did not heed his warning. When Odysseus fell asleep, Eurylochus persuaded his companions to eat the cattle, saying, “Come, we’ll cut out the noblest of these cattle for sacrifice to the gods who own the sky: and once at home, in the old country of Ithaca, if ever that day comes- we’ll build a costly temple and adorn it with every beauty for the lord of noon.”(Homer, 884-889) The killing of his cattle angered Helios, and he asked Zeus to punish Odysseus’ men.Zeus complied, striking their ship with a lightning bolt so that everyone but Odysseus drowned. Odysseus had to use his strength and sense to overcome the problems his
Next Jack ignores that order to stay and tend to the rescue fire and goes to kill a pig. On page 68 it was Jack and a few hunters to make sure the rescue fire does not go out but again they go on a pig hunt. This affects the rest of the boys because while the fire was out a ship passed by that could have rescued them. The last situation where Jack does not follow the rules is when he chooses to wear face paint when. He was not supposed to because the chief Ralph told him not to.
As tempting as it is to admire the aura of Achilles as a great war hero, his character flaws, as outlined throughout The Iliad, prove his actions to be no more heroic than they are merciless acts of rage. Driven primarily by personal glory, Achilles will do anything for his name to be remembered through time. As great as he is on the battlefield, he ultimately fails as a hero on the grounds of poor morality, dishonourable behaviour, and a severe insensitivity towards his love for Patroclus. Achilles lead a life of malicious and violent behaviour, revealing little to no moral conduct. The death of his lover Patroclus unleashed a rage that provoked perhaps the most cruel of all his mean spirited endeavours, the mutilation of Hectors body and
Cohn with his shameful acts to all leaves Pamplona and not to be mentioned in the novel later. The fiesta ends witnessing great performances from Pedro Romero including killing the most dangerous bull. Pedro and Brett leave together to Madrid leaving Jake, Bill and Mike whom they gather with a vivid picture to the loss and destruction of their spirits in which Jake remarks “The three of us sat at the table, and it seemed as though about six people were missing” (202). The three leave to Bayonne sharing a car. Mike prefers to stay in Bayonne, Bill leaves to Paris and Jake returns to San Sebastian and there he spends time fishing and swimming and through his interaction with the locals of Spain assure Hemingway’s preference for Spain with its tradition and its people.