While curiosity is projected to be a beneficial way of learning, it can also lead to dangerous situations. The protagonist, Odysseus, experiences the negative effects of curiosity in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, as he embarks on a life changing journey. In the story, Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, is returning from the Trojan War, and instead of going straight to his home, his curiosity takes him on a variety of detours, risking not only his life, but the lives of his crew. When Odysseus finally returns home, his curiosity disappears, and he becomes very focused and determined to remove suitors that have overrun his kingdom. Throughout the epic, Odysseus behaves curiously and wanders with no clear goal of returning home, but later, when he is faced with the task of removing the suitors from his palace, he becomes driven to achieve his goal in order to restore control over his kingdom and be reunited with his wife, Penelope.
In the middle of the play while everyone is trying to spy on him, Hamlet asks, “To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a seas of troubles and by opposing end them.” (III.i.63-67). Hamlet is deciding between killing his uncle or killing himself. At this point in the play, he struggles with many decisions. After giving everyone the news that he was returning back home, Hamlet tells the king, “Tomorrow shall I beg leave to see your kingly eyes, when I shall, first asking your pardon, thereunto recount the occasion of my sudden and more strange return.” (IV.vii.48-50).
Virgil says “But dauntless Turnus never lost faith in his daring, certain to seize” (X 332-334). He believes in himself and even though he might think he will lose him keeps moving forward like Aeneas. Aeneas keeps striving forward and Virgil says “Mourning done he commands his troops to lift the stricken body high and sends a thousand men…” ( XI 68-70) This shows that even though Pallas, which was like a son to Aeneas died. Aeneas knows as a leader he has to keep on moving or he will fall back into the procrastinating stages again. He will keep focussing on the past if he does not move forward.
However, they both resent the war when they face it. During peacetime, Phineas creates his own reality, but later his classmates force him to accept the truth. Originally, Phineas only refuses to believe in silly things like Caesar, Latin, or the war. He views Caesar as “more of a tyrant at Devon than he had ever been in Rome” ( Knowles 162). However, his greatest denial comes when he purposely tries to forget about Gene jouncing the limb and tells Gene “I don’t know, I must have just lost my balance” (Knowles 66).
It’s not my nature to shrink from battle, cringe in fear with the fighting spirit still steady in my chest” (6.279-82). Thersites breaks the martial code when he suggests that he and his fellow soldiers sail home and leave the war behind them. Odysseus reacts not only to the man’s irreverence, but also to his gutlessness. The martial code is important to not only the Achaens, but to the Trojans as well. Aeneas, captain of the Trojans tells one of his soldiers in battler “[n]o talk of turning for home!
In Shakespeare's Henry VIII, the allusion of Lucifer, metaphors on life and several tone shifts convey Cardinal Wolsey reactions from losing his appointment ranging from sarcasm, hope, despair, anger, and back to sarcasm. If it was anyone else then they would probably go through the same kind of tone shifts as well. Who wouldn’t go through a ton of tone changes when you just get fired and left alone. As you go through this play you will hear the hardships that Wolsey went through. The first tone that you encounter while reading this passage is sarcasm.
It is not his decision that we commit these sins but it was already written and that is why our fate is already destined for us because as much as we would want to change but maybe changing is already written in our fate that's why there are people who feel are fated into doing change for the better but it could always be there trickster side because some forms of evil in the world today is tricking and lying such as in the “epic of gilgamesh” when humbaba tried to turn against his master because he was defeated in battle and he cried for help from the gods but he already finished his purpose in life and that was his
First of all, even though Odysseus changes the Phaeacians’ minds about him in Books 8-13 when he tells his story, Athena tacks initial problem-solving on the victim. According to Athena, and to Homer, it is the victim’s duty to protect themselves from what the xenophobic public might do, by hiding who they truly are. Odysseus is used to being powerful -- the most important man in the room. Hiding himself must be torture for him, which is maybe what Homer was trying to achieve. Secondly, this is not a long-term solution for Odysseus or anyone seeking long-term guidance from the story.
The army was very different then what he thought it would be since he left youth before he was ready for adulthood. Before, Leper was a “tourist”, free and enjoys life, however, the army is a reality check and brings adulthood too fast and he cant fight his fear, “Leper, emerge from a protective cloud of vagueness only to meet it, the horror, face to face, just as he had always feared, and so give up the struggle absolutely. ”Now, his “I’m just touring” essence has
Macbeth's ability to make his own decisions and human nature eventually lead to his death. At the beginning of the play Macbeth says, "the prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap. For in my way it lies"(1.4.55-57). From this quote Macbeth shows that he is thinking about interfering with the witches