In Homer’s Odyssey Eurylochus shouldn't have killed Helios’s cattle because of the warning, the promise the men made, and the food they already had. First, Eurylochus shouldn't have killed the cattle because of the warning. Odysseus was warned that if his men touched the cattle that they would die. Eurylochus should have known something was going to happen if him and the other men killed the cattle because of the promise they made to Odysseus. Eurylochus said, “But if he flares up over his heifers lost, wishing our ship destroyed…” (Homer), so he guessed that Helios would punish them, but he did the deed anyways.
Finally, both problems faced bigger problems that will prolong due to poor decisions. Hades and the animal herd were big problems to overcome. Odysseus and his crew were the first people to ever make it through hades. They went to Hades to talk a old blind man who has lots of wisdom. Odysseus got the Zeus curse lifted from them, as long as they didn't eat the gods cattle.
After his men and him escapes unnecessarily losing two men in the process, Odysseus taunts Polyphemus which leads to him saying “ Hear me Poseidon, sustainer of the earth, god of sable locks. If I am yours indeed and you claim me as your son, grant that Odysseus, sacker of cities and son of Laertes, may never reach his home in Ithaca”(Homer 124) . This quote shows that one of Odysseus’s many flaws is that he allows his pride to take control of his actions and doesn’t clearly consider the consequences. Another instance of Odysseus’s foolish pride is when he crossing the threshold Circe advises Odysseus to
Although this might have seemed like such a little thing to worry about, this caused Jack to feel like he was finally filling up his eagerness for power. As the book went on, he started to become more animalistic. One quote that revealed his feelings towards the conch was when it was destroyed. “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist”(181). Even though Roger was the one who killed Piggy, his death was intentional.
(Homer, 10.515-20) Once again, Odysseus proves he is not loyal to Penelope by just how many dangerous situations he puts himself in. One may say that it was necessary for his return home, but there were some that were not. He risked his life for no reason, almost leaving Penelope and Telemachus without him with no way of knowing so. One of these times being when Odysseus and his men invaded and then fought the Cicones: [...] we stood and fought them off, massed as they were, but then when the sun wheeled past the hour for unyoking oxen, the Cicones broke our lines and beat us down at least. Out of each ship, six men-at-arms were killed; the rest of us rowed away from certain doom.
Later, Odysseus's homecoming was further delayed by his crews actions, who were warned not to kill Helios’s flock. However, they were tempted and killed the cow anyway. His crew's actions hurt Odysseus’s journey. Finally, a temptation described in The Odyssey was the proposed killing of Telemachus. When Antonius proposed ambushing him at sea, Amphinomus resisted the temptation and convinced others to do the same.
1st paragraph- Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.” Pride is seen by many as a weakness but pride is what encourages many to prove themselves. Odysseus’ major flaw is believing he is greater than any other human, sometimes even the gods. Odysseus demonstrates this weakness when he encounters the Cyclops and enrages him by trespassing into the one-eyed beast's cave. When Odysseus finally escapes he yelled his name to the Cyclops, out of pride, when he could have used a decoy name. Zeus decides to teach Odysseus a lesson for hurting his son and provides many obstacles for Odysseus on his journey home.
As a result Enkidu ended up severely hurt. The Bull of Heaven symbolizes how unpredictable nature is. “Through the death of Enkidu, we are made aware of how scared Gilgamesh is of death however he still learns to survive, and evolve, but it also destroys an innocence that might have made death less painful. With death comes the knowledge of one’s own mortality”, “It was I who cut down the cedar, I who leveled the forest, I who slew Humbaba and now see what has become of me.” (Book 8) This also explains how the gods use the power of nature to frighten Gilgamesh and punish him for killing Humbaba. This shows that even though nature was an obstacle to Gilgamesh, he was still able to conquer
Achilles is afflicted with a supreme case of hubris, and this is the reason for his refusal to participate in the battle. Patroclus goes in his stead, wearing the armor of Achilles, and is killed after routing the Trojan force. The armor he wore is taken by the trojans as a war prize. When Achilles hears the news of his friend’s death, he is stricken with grief and laments his folly. Thetis hears his outcry and promptly rushes to
Jack’s gruesome chant shows that he has already turned into a savage because it wasn’t necessary for him to sing such vile words, but he did it anyway. Finally, right after Jack kills Simon in a frenzy, he says, “He came – disguised. He may come again even though we gave him the head of our kill to eat.” (Golding 160). Clearly, Jack and his mask
First I started with the strongest, then i tore the heads off the other two to save for later and then i finally got around to eating the boy. He didn 't know i was there at first because he was sleeping. But i honestly think that i was doing the boy a favor, you know putting him out of his misery i don 't know though, next time the old lady sends someone up this mountain maybe they’ll listen to her and not wander off the path that i vowed never to go
Their are a ton of pirates attacking my island and I honestly have no idea what to do now!” exclaimed Zaroff with worry in his eyes. “Give me one good reason why I should help you after what you did,” screamed Rainsford. As he said this his children tip-toed away to go to their mother who was secretly summoning them over. “Because,” started Zaroff, “I spared your life, I helped you when you first got to my island, and because were both hunter we understand each other. How would you like it if some pirates decided it would be fun to invade on you and your family?” Rainsford groaned as he finally knew what he was going to do.