Alexander tortured many of his victims and then he killed them. Another reason why he was a villain because he killed members of his family so that he would become the ultimate successor to the throne. This should never be how a king becomes the ruler of his kingdom, ever. Even though I believe that Alexander the Great is a villain, others may think he was a hero. They may think that because he had conquered so many other nations.
Many modern notorious villains have done the same thing. Whether it be 2,000 years ago or today, these ‘leaders’ all have one thing in common: Taking lives of individuals, (forcefully or not) to fulfill an ultimate selfish goal. In conclusion Asoka is a ruthless leader due to the fact he was power-hungry and ignorant. Although he could be considered enlightened because he changed his ways, how he got to his positive ending was wrong and egocentric of him. There was other possible ways to get to his positive and nonviolent life without having to kill thousands to get there.
Greed for power has always been evil and even made a saint turn into a demon. As the quote goes “All power tends to corrupt and an absolute power corrupts absolutely” (unquote), which is true not only in the fictitious stories but also in real life and Shakespeare, th9e greatest writer ever known, has always been in habit of making fictitious character come alive and Macbeth is no exception to the rule. The character of Macbeth has two sides, one which is wholesome while other been dubious. He symbolized great ambition but went overboard and in the process not only became corrupt but also became a killer. Macbeth reflects great strength but within he has his own weakness and thus good over took evil resulting in its downfall and finally his own death.
The real reason that Alexander wanted to conquer the Persian Empire was not only retaliation or revenge, but also as a test of his true abilities. In addition to this, Alexander also wanted to commence the invasion because it was what his father had been planning to do for quite a while. Arrian shows that Alexander thought of his invasion not as a personal grudge but purely business as usual. This act doesn’t fit with the motto of revenge especially since it’s shown that Alexander has extremely little respect for Darius. Arrian said “They think Darius is dead and they are mourning him.’ On hearing this Alexander sent Leonnatus, one of his Companions, to them, telling him to explain that Darius was alive, that he had left his arms and robe in the
If they choose not to do so then they will be punished with great consequences. The people around the king would only speak if they had something of greatness to say otherwise wouldn’t speak because they feared their king. Alexander the Great also knows as the son of Zeus would wear the most valuable attire that only gods would wear. With his great accomplishments in the battle field and the role of a king he was respected and feared by his people. There were many different kings in the ancient world and all of them had different ideas, morals, and values.
He was also faced with a major life changing decision. In this tragedy written by Sophocles, the tragic hero was portrayed as being the root to his own downfall. Lord Creon was the tragic hero in the play Antigone. Creon’s greatest weakness was his excessive amount of pride. He could not bear to be disobeyed by anyone because that would hurt his reputation.
Additionally, Towards the end of the empire Xeres and other kings started doing more violent killings, and being more intolerant. Xerxes is believed to destroyed temples, kill priests, and enslave subjects. Furthermore, this brutal violence hurt people and eventually led to the Achaemenid Empire’s downfall. But this evidence does not compare to the significant advances and systems that were put in place by Persia, since there are positive effects that can still be seen today. The world had seen its strongest empire ever, and it learned from their successes and mistakes, which is extremely important for progress to be
Ganelon committed quite a number of sins which presented him as being morally ambiguous. Over the course of the story, we saw that Ganelon was a very well-respected baron and also Roland's stepfather. But it was also clear that he resented his stepson's boastfulness and popularity among the Franks and his success on the battlefield. His jealousy served as a factor because Charlemagne favored Roland and Ganelon felt like he wasn't cared for. As a result of his resentment, He planned with the Saracens to kill Roland and his guards, this was after Roland had nominated him to be the messenger of the Saracens and he was not too happy about that so he used the opportunity to create a plan to kill Roland.
Joseph Stalin was a nasty villain, whose fire was fed by the hardships and disapproval of those around him. Calling him a Hero would be far from the truth, as he presents no qualities that could deserve him such a magnificent title. In the dictionary, a hero is described as a person who is praised for outstanding achievements and outstanding courage. If deliberately killing off an entire class of people and making people fear you instead of working with you fit the criteria of a hero, then clearly someone needs to change the
Power proves a similar effect on Iago in Othello. Although he puts on a friendly front, Iago ruthlessly manipulates all of the characters, including his wife Emelia. Iago was obsessed with the idea of power and jealous of Cassio’s power so he took drastic measures to acquire more. Because of his failure to see past his desire the majority of the characters faced a painful death. The desire for power can blind anyone.