Although literary scholars of The Odyssey have argued that Odysseus has the qualities of a hero, it turns out that he would most certainly not be considered, at the very least, a respectable hero in this century. The way Odysseus treated his men, family and even enemies was overly expectant and rude. He used many stereotypes and skewed rumors to judge his views of other people. He also accomplished many unnecessary goals that ended up putting other people in danger because of his actions, just so that he could boast about himself, saying that he overcame a great obstacle that was, most likely, not a threat to other
One of Antigone 's tragic flaws is being loyal to the gods and her disloyalty to Creon. At the beginning of the play, Creon puts out an order that Polyneices, Antigone 's brother, may not be buried because he was a traitor. Antigone is not going to put up with this, she is going to honor the gods and give her brother, Polyneices, and rightful burial, even if it means being executed for her doing. Antigone 's determination to honor the gods and her brother is one of her tragic
It was through Athena’s persuasion that convinced Zeus to have Calypso to let Odysseus leave her island. In response to Athena, Zeus said, “You conceived it yourself: Odysseus shall return and pay the traitors back” (Homer, Odyssey, V.26-27). The only reason Odysseus was free and performed the actions that he did after leaving Calypso’s island was all attributed to Athena. Whenever Odysseus appeared to be in a perilous situation, it was Athena who always aided him. “But Zeus’s daughter Athena countered him at once.
If Gilgamesh does not defeat Humbaba, than he will not spend his after life with these other Gods that Ninsun has mentioned. Based on Gilgamesh’s absence in the desired places of the afterlife, the other Gods will conclude that Gilgamesh was not worthy enough to be with the Gods. Since Gilgamesh’s worthiness is dependent upon how well Ninsun raised him, if Gilgamesh is not worthy enough to rest and rule with other Gods, it would show that Ninsun was an inadequate God because she could not raise Gilgamesh to Godly standards. Likewise, Ninsun is as concerned with her status as a mother as her status as a God. It is evident that she does not believe that Gilgamesh can defeat Humbaba without special
Towards the middle of Book II, Telemachus feels discouraged about the probability of him being able to successfully complete the quest to retrieve his father. Seeing his distress, Athena attempts to rally him by stating that Telemachus’ quest couldn’t fail because he possessed the distinctive traits of his father that Athena seems to find so admirable. “Telemachus, you’ll lack neither courage nor sense from this day on, not if your father’s spirit courses through your veins- now there was a man, I’d say, in words and actions both! So how can your journey end in shipwreck or defeat?
So Agesilaus’ brother was supposed to take the throne but was claimed illegitimate. When the people were concerned of their possible future king being lame and with the prophecy overhead, Agesilaus’ commander Lysander stood up for him. He said that “lame king” meant the king who was a bastard. Agesilaus turned out to be a great king. He was a very “successful general” and lead the Spartans in many battles, but “was unable to prevent the slow decline of Sparta from its position of dominance at the end of the Great Peloponnesian war”.
Friar Lawrence has a large influence on Romeo and Juliet’s death because due to his age, he had a big responsibility to disapprove of the haste of their marriage, and to make both families aware of it, but he didn’t. Friar Lawrence also did not take into account that the two’s families were enemies and the secret marriage of the two could just further the divide between them. Friar also put trust in another person, Friar John, to deliver a letter to Romeo, without telling him the urgency of it. If Friar Lawrence had told Friar John that the letter was very important and had to get to Romeo by a certain time, it would have gotten to him before. Friar Lawrence could have gone to speak to Romeo himself, so that Romeo could have made an opinion on Juliet’s decision.
Some people consider him a hero and some people don’t. Whether he seems heroic or not, he has a story full of mentors and helpers which were vital to his journey. His main mentors and helpers were Zeus, Athena, and his family. Zeus kept the other gods from punishing Odysseus, especially Poseidon. He decided most of Zeus his actions were justified and should not be punished.
There were characteristics like his appearance, intelligence, and thoughts. He considered it a curse that he was different from others, because it was against the law to think individual thoughts, or be superior to others (Anthem, pg.1). Though he could tell he was a lot different from others, because they tend not to take risks, or fear discoveries of the world. For example, when Equality 7-2521 and International 4-8818 discovers the tunnel, International says “The will of the Council is above all things, for it is the will of our brothers, which is holy. But if you wish it so, we shall obey you.
He says, “But Polyneices, killed as piteously, an interdict forbids that anyone should bury him or even mourn.” (192). Through disobeying the Gods, Creon implies that his laws are more important than the Gods. Creon’s disregard towards the Gods, explains why he dismisses Tiresias’s power. Creon’s overall power grants him his free will.
Creon once suggests how “[a person] cannot judge unless [one] know the facts” (Sophocles 515) when he is the one being accused by Oedipus. And yet, Creon commits the same action that he advises others not to do which reveals his dishonesty and insincerity as a monarch. Moreover, Creon does not value the guidance that his subjects has to offer; instead, he values his own opinion, which consequently hinder him from knowing his own mistakes. Creon once trusted Teiresias’s advice, but once Creon becomes a monarch and hears what he does not like to know, he accuses, “But old Teiresias, among human beings the wisest suffer a disgraceful fall when, to promote themselves, they use fine words to spread around abusive insults” (Sophocles 22). Creon becomes arrogant to admit his own mistake to keep his reputation as a wise prince.
The Odyssey is a complex narrative that tells the story of a warrior (Odysseus), that after the events at the war of Troy tries to find a way to go back home after being stuck at the island of Ogygia. The Odyssey is one of the first literature pieces in world history and I found it interesting as it compares to the life we live today, the decisions we make, the relationships among individuals and the meaning of home. Odysseus’s adventures towards the years put him into many different circumstances that make him grow as a person as well as gaining experience. He principally gets to know himself in different situations, like the wars he fought, the people and monsters whom which he defeated and his explorations overseas. I can say that Odysseus himself was a mostly successful person, he commanded and won the war at Troy, He ruled his own kingdom (Ithaca) and had a beloved family including his faithful wife Penelope and his courageous son Telemachus.
Was Hercules A Hero? Every person has a hero, or at the very least, a person that they look up to in life. The ancient greeks were no exception to this common relationship. Hercules, the son of a human woman and Zeus, king of the gods, was someone greek culture revered and labelled a hero, as he overcame all odds to slay many monsters that threatened greek society. Though only a myth, Hercules’ legacy lives on due to this role model status many have bestowed upon him.
One of the founding principles in the Iliad is the Homeric code. The hero’s belief that honor is more important than anything, even death. They strive for this allusive concept of immortality through the deeds they accomplish and the honor that they are able to attach to their name and lineage. It is a theme that helps to carry the story line along and gives a viable reason for his characters to act on certain ways. A Homeric character does not fear death in its entirety; instead he fears the shame of a dishonorable death and not achieving that allusive perfection that they seek to define themselves as.
The actions of Aeneas and Odysseus throughout their journeys exhibit the vastly different heroic values that each of them hold and how it represents their respective empire. Aeneas displays immense leadership characteristics, as his primary concern is always in the best interest of his people. Being the duty-bound leader that he is, he is one that will choose to forgo his personal desires and act upon his civil duties to his people. Aeneas’ leave-taking of Dido is an excellent representation of Aeneas living by his commitments, rather than his emotions. Although Aeneas is heartbroken about having to leave Dido and the peaceful life he could have had behind, he was given the task of creating an empire in Rome and that is exactly what he must