The film's most valuable player is Javier Bardem, the central figure in a group of middle-aged friends laid-off from a shipyard. As Santa, Bardem emerges with a proud strut that simultaneously announces the primary theme (pride, particularly of the masculine variety) and establishes a magnetic character. As played by the heavy-lidded (and, here, paunchy and bearded) Bardem, Santa is a quick-witted, cavalier player hiding raw emotion under humor, lustiness, and sheer force of will. Santa's friends include the highly motivated Lino (José Ángel Egido), whose string of failed job interviews leads him to embarrassing competitive ends; sad-sack José (Luis Tosar), whose lost breadwinning role and drifting wife Ana (Nieve de Medina) wind him ever tighter; and severely alcoholic Amador (Celso Bugallo), a melancholy cloud of a man regarded helplessly by his friends. Theirs is an achingly awkward existence, stealing snacks in grocery stores and football matches from obstructed-view seats on nearby rooftops.
“Book 9 shows Odysseus at his most successful and most foolish” To what extent do you agree with this assessment of his behavior? Throughout book nine Odysseus shows us a varied coalesce of successful and foolish acts. These acts are structured so that initially Odysseus makes a dire mistake in a troublesome situation, then learns from it with a second acts of bravery in another but which ultimately backfires and so in his third encounter with danger he successes proving his leadership and emphasising traits which make him seem more heroic: this is prevalent throughout books nine, ten and eleven as a generic Homeric structure of Odysseus’s story telling to Alcinous. This to us makes Odysseus seem more realistic and human while he maintains his Homeric hero qualities; intern extending on his success and emphasising it through his foolish failures. In book nine we see initial success when Odyssues reaches the island of Ismarus , home of the Cicones, where they attack and gain a “vast plunder” , this initial success reiterates Odysseus’s success at Troy and his , as well as his men’s, fighting capabilities and power.
Telemachus explains to Odysseus how there is “no way a mortal c[an] plan this with his own wits” the way great Odysseus has made this magical transformation (16,244-245). This is an example of how Homer proves that the refurbished Odysseus has brilliance as he puts together such a fascinating appearance. Also, Telemachus refers to his powerful father as “a mighty warrior” who’s “hands are very strong” (16, 303-304). Here the author gives the epic hero fortitude as he compares him to someone so compelling and omnipotent Additionally, Odysseus tells Telemachus to “pay attention now, and listen” to his wise plan (16,325-226). Homer shows how Odysseus has aptitude as he devises a wise plan for both himself and Telemachus to destroy the suitors that will “benefit” them later on
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
Sad. I became the prized student – anxious and eager to learn. Too eager, too anxious – an imitative and unoriginal pupil.” Richard has been always a paradigm in the class because of his academic achievement. He is considered a “scholarship boy” who is smart and good studying but only listens obediently. Although he is eager to learn, he never questions because of his lack of confidence.
However the one thing he desired most that money could never buy was his love and passion for Daisy. Gatsby believed that he could win the love of the woman he longed for by showering her with materialistic items. Tom also took great pride in his earnings and believed he was a better man because of them. He exclaims, “Now don’t think my opinion on this matter is final just because I’m stronger and more of a man than you are” (Fitzgerald). He, along with Gatsby feels content with the unnecessary materialistic items that he owns.
Symbolic: Chuck Schuldiner’s Perseverance “When did it begin? The change to come was undetectable. The open wounds expose the importance of our innocence. A high that can never be bought or sold.” Death-Symbolic. When referring to stories of success, one can mention the fact that success breeds fame, fortune, and everything else that appeals to typical human society.
To the people he is an almighty force that can’t be stopped and he appears perfect in everyway. However he is not without fault as many may think as a matter a fact two of his biggest faults may be quite common. Even with all his strength and power he still could not escape the grasps of pride and greed. Clearly mentioned multiple times in the epic is how strong and unbeatable Beowulf is. Though this is true throughout the epic he does let it kind of go to his head in a sense.
Beowulf Beowulf is an ideal hero in this time. He personifies extraordinary strength, courage, loyalty and a seeming indifference to death. Insomuch, it is those very same qualities that lead him to an impressive amount of pride in himself, which could quite possibly cause the demise of the kingdom he had ruled for fifty years. Beowulf displays his first traits as a hero in the passage [The Hero Comes to Heorot] (197-198) where he is described as “like no one else alive” and “the mightiest man on earth.” It is also in this passage, that he announces his intentions to save Heorot from Grendel (199-201). When he is speaking to Hrothgar, he tells him that his people have supported his decision to come and
Gatsby, like a stubborn child, believes his made up endeavors are his true life. By improved and evolving his persona, Gatsby’s character portrays Plato’s conjecture. Intelligently, Gatsby invents “just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent” (page:104). He even remains to his production to the bitter end as if it was reality. By allowing his imagination to continuously run wild, depicting himself as a man with wealth, intelligence, and class, Jay Gatsby lives in his own dream as the man he has always strived to