The Odyssey In the epic poem, The Odyssey, by the Greek poet Homer, the main character, Odysseus, shows signs of heroism. The poem tells the story of Odysseus, a war hero from Ithaca and his journey to redress himself. Throughout the story, Odysseus proves himself to be the hero through his masterful skills, breathtaking strength, and quick thinking. To finally redress himself, he needed wisdom from several of gods. However, Odysseus has good traits that an epic hero has, but he also have bad traits too, such as, being overconfident and angering gods.
He doesn’t has to go through as many difficulties as his father did. Though he has a lot of potential in him, yet have to go a long away to be as great as his father. Throughout the Odyssey the difference of bravery, strength and forgiveness between Odysseus and Telemachos separated them from each other. Firstly, we see the differences in their bravery when they were up against the suitors. Secondly, the difference of strength between them establishes when they try to string a bow.
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a timeless tragedy, depicting historical figures but concerning the modern world as well. John Proctor, the protagonist, though fitting several of the characteristics of the Aristotelian tragic hero, is actually a much more complex tragic hero. The primary differences between John Proctor and the classic tragic hero are obvious, such as the lack of noble birth, his not being in a position of leadership, and the inevitability of his fate. These differences are necessary, as Arthur Miller attempts to convince his audience that his protagonist is an everyman and is worth sympathizing for. In Arthur Miller’s more complex world, a more complex tragic hero is needed.
The characters of Hamlet and Achilles, even though from very different time periods, encompass many of the same themes and characteristics. These two characters have many close comparisons, but upon closer inspection they differ on a grand scale. This is immanently due mainly to the time period and culture that each character was submersed in and how each character was supposed to act and to extenuate the main essence of the individual culture. Achilles was considered one of, if not, greatest warrior of the Trojan War in Homer’s Iliad. What made Achilles such an honorable hero was the fact that he fought for his own pride, not the desire to conquer the war.
In conclusion, in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, we see the roles that gods and fate play in the lives of mortals. Odysseus is both aided and troubled the actions of Gods, but ultimately reaches his goal of returning home. Without the aid of the Gods, particularly Zeus and Athena, Odysseus would not have been able to reclaim his throne and return home to his wife, son, and palace. Persistence remains strong in Odysseus throughout the story, but only divine intervention and fate help him ward off troubles and conquer all
Irony is used in many places such as the story’s title, the setting an even in certain character’s personality traits. In addition to Jackson’s use of irony, the black box and the story’s title represent the importance of questioning irrational traditions and the unexpected nature of death. With the use of these two literary techniques, Shirley Jackson is able to highlight important dramatic events within the plot. Reading this story allowed me to better understand the importance of questioning society. If people would have questioned Hitler’s plans before he gained too much power perhaps we could have prevented the horrible mistreatment face by the
Analyzing The Odyssey 1-5-05 The Odyssey, by Homer, has many different themes. This paper will be covering three concepts in particular. The first curiosity in the epic poem is the fact that Odysseus, the main character, is seen as both faithful and unfaithful to his wife. Also, the control of events in the lives of the mortals by the gods brings to light the concept of limited free will. And last, the language of different scenarios, i.e.
Unfortunately, because of the length of time that Odysseus is away from home, the situations that he must face causes his loyalty to weaken, as well as the strength of his various motivations. On his journey back to Ithaca, Odysseus faces many challenges, yet he us willing to accept these challenges which sometimes cause a conflict between his men and his loyalty to society. One of the places he encounters is the land of the Cyclopes which wasn’t exactly home sweet home. When they arrived his men
Characterizing King Creon A tragic hero is defined in most cases as a literary character of great power whose morals lead to tragedy yet self-awareness brings that character to make right decisions. A tragic hero in the Greek world is different from today’s prospective of a hero. In today’s world we consider a hero as Spiderman, Superman and etc. A tragic hero is an average person who still has flaws and performs bad actions yet comes to realization of their wrong and attempts to better themselves. Creon shows his character throughout the play as he recognizes his weaknesses, downfall and controlling demands.
Gina Berg Bannecker Masterpieces 9 September 2014 Questioning A Higher Power When tragedy hits, man automatically starts to question why. They question themselves, others, and most importantly they question a higher power most of us refer to as God. If people look to God as the all mighty power who brings peace and justice to all, then why would he let us go through pain and suffering? This is when man starts to lose faith in a higher power. In times of tragedy, one is more likely to believe there is no higher power to help them rather than believing one’s faith will overcome such hardships because they doubt God’s true intentions.