Hector is shown to be devoted to this war between the Trojans and Greeks, and shows this when he refuses wine from his mother Hecuba when he first returns to Priam’s palace, telling her that it will only make him weak, and that instead she should go to the temple of Athena and pray that she pity Troy and its people (Book VI, 11. 275-88, pg. 249). Returning back home and making his way to his brother Paris’ house, Hector is completely ready to chastise him, showing his anger towards him as needed for not being out there and fighting in the war he himself caused (VI, 11. 342-47, pg. 251) but rather sitting in his house with his armor and weapons surrounding him. Hector is also given the opportunity to lay with Helen and relax, but instead says “my heart is out there with our fighting men” (VI, 11. 380, pg. 252). This makes it evident that he is a noble man and that his only purpose now is to fight with the Trojans, seeing himself as “One of the best, to fight in Troy’s ranks” (VI, 11.
Odysseus’ last mentor and helper is his family. His memories of Penelope and Telemachus kept him going and gave him the encouragement he needed to come home. Penelope, although surrounded by suitors, stayed faithful to her husband. She says, “Eurymachus, all my excellence, my beauty and figure, were ruined by the immortals … If he (Odysseus) were to come back to me and take care of my life, then my reputation would be more great and splendid.” The same cannot be said for Odysseus, though, as he cheated on Penelope with Circe and Calypso.
WHEN DOES ACHILLES CHOOSE TO FIGHT IN WAR? EXTRACT Q AROUND LINE 64 Achilles also joins the Trojan war again to avenge his best friend, Patroclus. Instead of feeling dutiful like Hector, Achilles was driven by grief and madness when he made this choice. What drives Achilles to fight is more personal. For an example, he refuses to fight in the war after Briseis, his symbol of pride, was taken from him because his pride had been tarnished.
Antigone sacrifices her own life, trying to stand up in the horrible society in which she 's imprisoned. Would you do it? Oedipus has just passed away in Colonus, and Antigone and her sister decide to return to Thebes with the intention of helping their brothers. You can look at Antigone 's clash with Creon as symbolic of the larger struggle of a man. Creon relationship with Haemon demonstrate how parents assert their power in relationships with their children, and how children can lose favor with their parents.
His trials and tribulations from the God’s are brought on from his own over-confidence of his cleverness and wittiness - his greatest assets also proved to be his biggest downfall. Odysseus’s quest was only to return home to his wife and child with his crew, but that fell short when he offended the God of the sea, Poseidon, by blinding his son the Cyclops to escape. Odysseus’s fault came when he decided to mock the Cyclops and announce his name to him in such a taunting manner, “You savage! But you got yours in the end, Didn’t you?” (Pg.
From the grief of the Greeks and the Trojans comes greater understanding of the price of war. According to “The Type of Stories Chart” the epic poem is categorized as a success story of Greeks in the Trojan war, but the poem sobers the success of the Greeks with the constant reminder of death in war. In
A tragic hero is defined by Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, as a human who is of high stature or who is respected in his community, but also has the ability to endure suffering. He or she must portray many positive personality traits, but also must possess a major character flaw, which will bring upon the downfall of the hero. The audience will then acknowledge the sense of catharsis. Antigone shows all the traits of a tragic hero in the Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus The King. Antigone and her sister choose to return to Thebes because they want to help their brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, not kill each other because there is a prophet that has predicted that they will kill each other in the battle for the throne of Thebes.
Both of them were brave Greek warriors who fought in the Trojan war seeking glory. Where Odysseus was just a common man, Achilles was a God among men. His wrath knew no bounds as illustrated in the Illiad. Odysseus on the other hand was cunning and could defeat his enemies or escape danger merely using his intellect. We could say that the fact that Achilles knew his fate beforehand makes him capable of less emotions as he had only glory in mind.
To his uncle, cream, justice is exiling Oedipus and taking the throne. Creon does not vilify Oedipus, instead pitying him and his children for being unable to choose their fate. His daughter, Antigone, decides to follow him on his exile, helping her father in any way she can. She believes that despite her spoiled ancestry that she can prevail and overcome the curse of the family name. Conversely, citizens of Athens—acting as the chorus—visibly recoil when they learn Oedipus’s identity.
In the Iliad, Briseis is taken as a token of war before the Greeks arrive at Troy and when she is taken away by Agamemnon, she became a reason why Achilles refused to fight (Homer, Iliad 1). This is similar in the movie Troy except that Briseis is instead related to the people the Greeks are fighting (Petersen). A slow romance develops between the two and so it can be imagined the trouble Achilles had to face when deciding whether to disregard Briseis’s feelings when killing her people, especially her close cousin Hector, and fighting for the Greeks. Achilles’ romantic feelings can also be seen in the movie when he saves her from being raped by Greek men and as he rushes to save her inside the burning city of Troy (Petersen). Although both versions of the war feature Briseis, Petersen’s focuses on how Achilles’ actions could have been influenced by the conflict struck when fighting the people Briseis loves.
Throughout Sophocles’ tragic play, Antigone, main characters King Kreon and Antigone dramatically argue without compromise over the burial of recently deceased brother of Antigone, Polyneices. Antigone, while attempting to mourn for her family, symbolically buries Polyneices, going against the King’s decree (93-100). Out of anger, and an effort to establish his power, Kreon sentences her to an undeserving death just because she decided to respect her kin (441-496). In this case, I sympathize with Antigone more than Kreon because she peacefully acts on her beliefs knowing the consequences at stake. It takes a lot to stand up for what you believe in, especially knowing that the outcome will not bode well for you.
In lines (448-455) Creon expresses his feelings on the situation. “She laughs at what she’s done. Well, in this case, if she gets her way and goes unpunished, then she’s the man here, not me. No.
Book Twenty-Four of The Odyssey opens with an interesting scene between the ghosts of Achilles and Agamemnon, in which Agamemnon describes the death and the funeral of Achilles. In this encounter, in which Agamemnon relates the death as well as the funeral of Achilles, Agamemnon demonstrates the Achaeans’ value of honor and glory in death. Homer reveals this value through Agamemnon’s praise of Achilles death in battle as well as through the character’s disdain with his own murder at the hands of Aegisthus, which did not bring any glory to Agamemnon. Furthermore, this scene also demonstrates the importance of a proper funeral, as Agamemnon dwells on the games that Thetis held in honor of her son, Achilles, a privilege that Agamemnon did
Achilles anger increase with the death of patrocles by him wanting to kill all of the Trojans. Achilles started to throw their bodies in the river which displayed that he showed no remorse or compassion for them. Achilles treated Hector’s body as if he wasn’t a person. He dragged him and kept torturing him for twelve days even thought he was already dead. The burial of hector is a symbol of how Achilles anger is calming down.
In the Iliad, Achilles confronts the demands of a private passion that conflicts with his responsibilities. When Agamemnon steals Achilles war-prize, Briseis, Achilles quits the war. He is passionate about the idea that he deserves Briseis, which conflicts with his responsibilities in war. Achilles hubris’ overpowers his role in battle; he chooses his war-prize over helping lead the Greeks to victory.