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.
82-83). 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.
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? Only if you we're not his stock, Penelope’s too, then I’d fear you're hopes might come to grief.
This was an argument before Agesilaus took kingship because the people were unsure of having a lame king. Being disabled in any way was a sort of taboo to the Spartans. 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.
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.
Creon has the appearance of good, but when he chooses to not bury Polyneices, which goes against the beliefs of the Gods by not honoring him, he shows his tragic flaw. 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.