Odysseus is not a hero due to his terrible character. Disloyalty often arises from someone being dishonest and cheating on his/her husband or wife. That is exactly what Odysseus does while he is out at sea. Odysseus spends “A year with Circe” (Homer, 540) having an affair with Circe while his wife shows loyalty and refuses to have affairs with other men and “refuses to remarry.” (Homer, 743) Also Odysseus’s men kill a cattle, and Zeus “punishes them while at sea” (Homer, 678) by a thunderbolt which ends up killing his men. Odysseus sails away without his men and goes to Calypso.
Though all men to a certain extent share the same qualities, some are more pronounced than in the others. It is important to see how these qualities are central to their respective stories and how it helps (or hinders) them in their journeys. The greatest value of Beowulf is his bravery, some may say bravado. There is no doubt that he is a great warrior. Beowulf's heroism belongs to a different time than that of King Arthur or Sir Gawain.
When Malachy gets a job, he is unable to keep it because he gets drunk and loses the job. This is a pattern throughout the novel, and never changes. Even when his family does come into some money, his alcoholism gets the best of him once again. There is an apparent cycle of poverty that exists through the novel. Poverty can easily become a malicious finger- pointing circle, and Angela participates in this “game.” She constantly nags Malachy of his alcoholism and his northern accent and odd manner.
Saying that he does not deserve this is as if almost to say he did not exist. Hitler deserves his reputation without a doubt, even though Hitler’s reputation is a horrible one, why can’t Alexander receive his, much more it is not a negative one, one that killed a mass of people. Now maybe Alexander did kill many people in his time of reign, but most of those kills were because of war. Hitler’s reason was for an evil hatred of the Jewish community. I think that the idea that he does not deserve his reputation is solely for argument, because some people love the feeling of making other people angry.
Covey and walk seven miles to enquire his freedom, while being very sick and having multiple wounds that he was bleeding from, requires an immense amount of courage. Frederick Douglas also proved that sticking up for himself helped himself out. Douglas proved this in the story when Douglas defends himself when Mr. Covey tries to hurt him. “At this moment from whence came the spirit I don’t know I resolved to fight.” (Douglas, 569) This quote explains how Douglas suddenly gained the courage out of nowhere to finally defend himself from Mr.
In the epic poem of “Beowulf” a lot of themes can be seen throughout the story, but the one that stands out the most is the universal theme Good vs. Evil. Beowulf fights for good with extraordinary characteristics and values such as courage, virtue, generosity, protection, heroism, and strength; which is a fact that Beowulf represents good. To support it a good example would be; “…'twas widely known that against God's will the ghostly ravager, him could not hurl to haunts of darkness; wakeful, ready, with warrior's wrath, bold he bided the battle's issue”(X, 44-48), which means that Beowulf comes in behalf of god and fights Grendel and his mother who represent evil because Grendel tries to destroy the city of Hrothgar. An example would be; “So lived the clansmen in cheer and revel a winsome life, till one began to fashion evils, that fiend of hell” (I, 47-49).
He was considered a “larger than life” hero and the writer of the story did a great job portraying the good characteristics of Beowulf and how he was able to conquer all. He came from a large community or group where he wanted to protect all. Without this, there would be no good meaning to this story because he was well trusted and the
Is Gatsby Great? “Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” To be great, one must be considerably above the normal or average to an extent or intensity. In the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the main protagonist Jay Gatsby is portrayed as a great man through all the wonderful and heart wrenching things he’s done. Gatsby’s greatness is below the surface, in order to understand the man himself, one must truly be intrigued by all his riches and want to know the core of this enigma. Even though Gatsby is a man who believes that lying can win people over, Gatsby’s greatness originates from
Anthony uses the term, "an honorable man" as more of an insult than a compliment. He spits it out angrily, wanting the crowd to know that he doesnt beleive for a second that it describes the assassins. After he gets done talking about "Honorable Brutus" he takes out Caesars will but does not read it until the crowd has to literally beg and force him to do so. He talks about the robe Caesar was wearing, the first time he wore it was the day he overcame Nervii. When Brustus stuck his mighty dagger into Caesar it was the unkindest cut of them all.
Al Gore’s effort to save the climate was a failure, yet his pride refused to give in. Al Gore disrespected many other political figures and caused disgust throughout America. Many people expressed their disgust towards Gore throughout media. Al Gore’s loss in the presidential election resulted directly from his arrogance and refusal to admit failure. The feeling of superiority in an overbearing manner infected many famous figures throughout history.