In today’s world, one can find many instances of selfishness, whether it be corruption, killing, or even breaking a heart. However, like a diamond in the rough, someone who is truly selfless is hard to come by. One example of a selfless writer is C.S. Lewis, author of Till We Have Faces. Lewis wrote some of his novels in a way to not only educate the world that selflessness will always win but also the fact that selfishness will always lose. One of Lewis’s notable works -- “Till We Have Faces” -- clearly demonstrates how selfishness loses but selflessness wins.
There are a lot of leaders in Greek mythology that use deceit and dishonesty to accomplish their own goals. One example of this is the Greek hero Odysseus from The Odyssey by Homer. Throughout the story Odysseus uses a lot of clever and deceitful tactics to get his men and himself out trouble. Odysseus’s deceit and dishonesty may help Odysseus, but it causes in the end causes for Odysseus to lose his leadership, loyalty skills and a less desirable outcome.
The role of temptation plays a huge role in the story of Odysseus. The Odyssey is a Greek epic, and while the examples of temptation may be difficult to spot at first, there are many to show. The first example takes place on Calypso’s island, when she doesn’t want Odysseus to go. Next, there is the bag of winds that his crew are tempted to open. Finally, there is the example of the mystical Sirens.
Odyssey Argumentative Essay The Odyssey is an epic by Homer. It is a story about Odysseus journey back to Ithaca after the Trojan War. All the Greek heroes had returned home after the Trojan War except for Odysseus who was an important hero in Ithaca. Odysseus was absent in his son’s life and Telemachus decided that, it was time to find his father and bring him back home to his wife Penelope.
Kindness for his kind spirit to others. The event of death truly inspired others and I today. It was his dream to sail the Hokulea and that it really shared his Hawaiian culture. He had volunteered to ride on the Hokulea.
In The Odyssey, temptation is a theme repeatedly explored by Homer. The issue of temptation is constantly providing the protagonist, Odysseus, with conflicts. From the very beginning of the epic tale, with Paris’s lust for Helen, temptation causes mayhem in the lives of the characters. It repeatedly prevents Odysseus from achieving his main goal of returning home to Ithaca.
Selfish Jurassic park analytical essay Michael Crichton in his New York Times Bestselling novel, Jurassic Park, uses a variety of themes and tones. The most prevalent of them is how greed and power, takes over the human brain. Although in the novel many characters sacrifice their life, safety, and possessions, for the betterment of others, there is still a couple of characters that are selfish. The author conveys a theme of lust and cupidity, through the character profiles of Hammond, Dennis, and Dr.Wu.
Temptation is like a trap, it tries to make you do bad deeds that will affect you. The story The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus was forced to fight in the Trojan War. After the battle Odysseus sailed back to Ithaca, his homeland facing many temptations they could not resist in doing. Odysseus and his men faced many challenges, but most of the challenges were due to their temptations. For example, Aeolus the god of wind, gave Odysseus a bag filled with wind.
In the Odyssey by Homer, it gives many examples of how the heroic Odysseus having wisdom and bravery but also has flaws. The Odyssey is an epic poem that shows Odysseus journey beginning to end and all through that he faces many obstacles and the way he handles these situations are extremely cunning. Odysseus using his guile to his benefit but then there's the problem of him having a tragic heroic flaw of being
In Seamus Heaney’s translated poem, Beowulf, the phrase “keenest to win fame” criticizes Beowulf’s selfish actions and motivations during his reign as king. Beowulf expresses his prideful motives often throughout his journey, namely when he fights Grendel and as well as when he discusses his encounters with the dangerous sea monsters. For instance, when Beowulf volunteers to fight Grendel and reform the Dane society, he “renounce[d] / sword and the shelter of the broad shield, / the heavy-war board; hand-to-hand / is how it will be…” (436-439). Beowulf’s refusal to fight with protection and weapons displays his confidence and arrogance. Instead of defeating Grendel with an immense army and weapons which is more tactical and more likely to succeed,
“Halt! Thief! Get him, he’s a thief!” shrieked a plump man in a dark woollen garment, though no one came to his aid. Realising that, he decided to take matters into his own hands, yet by that time, the thief was already too far ahead. He stomped around, cursing at everything that came into his field of vision.
The Middle Passage was borne of greed. In the "Stowage of the British Slave Ship Brookes Under the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788," it states, "Plan of lower deck with the stowage of 292 slaves." In order to make a profit, people forced others into inhumane conditions, where they were not only cramped but possibly fatigued, exposed to diseases, and more. Also, in the "Excerpt from The Life of Olaudah Equiano," it states, " Sometimes a few lumps of raw meat would be thrown in with their food to keep them healthy. It was also at this time in the morning that the slaves were given their daily ration of a half pint of water...
In The Homer the Odyssey there are a number of instances that reveal hospitality and temptation. In Ancient Greece hospitality was very important to their culture. This is shown throughout the epic where different ones open their homes to guests whom they didn’t even know. Temptation also plays an important part several times causing Odysseus and his men great harm. They were tempted over and over and couldn’t seem to resist the over whelming desire to give into temptation.
Lastly, in Beowulf, he showed greed when he went into the cave to defeat Grendel’s mothers by stealing from her cave. Beowulf shows signs of an epic hero but he let greed get the best of him. He had his mind set on just killing Grendel and being done with his work. But once he killed Grendel, he had to defeat Grendel’s mother. When he went into the cave to defeat Grendel’s mother, he saw treasures everywhere.
In the epic The Odyssey, Homer supports the Greek tradition of hospitality when Aeolus helps Odysseus get to Ithaca and King Alcinous provides Odysseus the resources to return home to reveal the thematic understanding that society should act towards others in a way that reflects how they would want others to act towards them. Homer’s display of the Greek value hospitality is shown when Aeolus assists Odysseus on his journey to Ithaca. Odysseus is gifted a “westward wind” and a bag possessing all the “stormy winds” (Homer 1224). When Odysseus receives these tokens of gratitude, it makes his trip easier for him and his men. With the wind, Odysseus’ men are not required to row the boat.