Antigone, who was a very strong willed Greek woman, and who valued loyalty to family, was then left with the dilemma of whether or not to bury her dead brother Polynices, because if she got caught burying hum, then she would be sent to death. Luke Skywalker’s problem was that he was a member of the Jedi, and discovered that his real father was a member of the Jedi opposition, the Dark Side. He knew that he had to confront his real father, so soon before an attack started on the area where his father was he did. He was then left with the decision to join his father on the Dark Side, or hold true to what he believed and stay a member of the Jedi. The motives of Antigone and Luke are similar, yet very different in a couple of ways.
going to see Helen Minneola’s’ wife after they made peace with Sparta and then taking her back to Troy). During the scene where Paris Fights Minneolas he gets a cut on his thigh, but rather than stay and fight Paris crawls back to his brother and choses to lose his honour and what respect men had for him just to live. This would have made the audience think if him as a coward rather than a brave man as they perhaps thought at the beginning of the scene. Another good example is with Achilles, for the most part he is made out to be a ruthless, do whatever it takes kind of man that wants only to be remembered by people for years to come. Achilles fights for himself but also fights alongside Agamemnon on the attack of troy to gain the remembrance and glory that he seeks.
He wants to return home to his family and once again rule over his kingdom at Ithaca, but the gods and goddesses play a large role. Odysseus angers Poseidon, the god of the sea, when he tortures the Cyclops Polyphemus, who is Poseidon’s son. Odysseus’s fatal flaw is hubris or excessive pride. It is this excessive pride that causes Odysseus to belittle the Cyclops after he has blinded him. Odysseus had no need to yell at the blinded Cyclops; he had already escaped from the Cyclops’s harm.
Filled with rage Chryses prays to Lord Apollo. This fills the Lord with rage and he punishes the Greek camp. Later in book I Achilles asks Agamemnon to withdraw from the war, but he refuses. This make Achilles feel insulted and dishonored. Later Agamemnon agrees to free Chryses’s daughter for Achilles prize.
All three prophetic passages are effective in some way, Jupiter’s prophecy in Book 1, that given by Achises about the future leaders in Book 6 and the description of the shield in Book 8. However, which is the most effective? The first prophetic passage takes place in Book 1. Venus is distressed by the rough treatment her son and the rest of the Trojans have received at Juno’s hands. For example, Venus angrily questions ‘what crime have these Trojans committed that they should suffer all this loss of life and the whole world be closed to them?’ Venus continues to protest that her father has forgotten his oath that a race would emerge from the remnants of troy to rule a great empire.
With that Polythemus called upon his father, Poseidon, to seek revenge on the man who had harmed him. That incident hurt Odysseus more than losing a few men, because Poseidon made his travel home longer and harder. Yet another weakness of our hero is his "sensualness." In other words, Odysseus loves women. An example of his love for women was his
Yet, he faces his fears head on, as the Trojans are in a battle to stay alive during a violent storm caused by the jealous goddess Juno. She has her reasons for not wanting Aeneas’ journey to be one of ease, but Aeneas demonstrates his leadership and proves that his priority is the well-being of his group. Once the ships safely land on the shore new Carthage, he provides food by “shooting and shooting til he won the hunt by laying seven carcasses on the ground” (Damrosch, Pike, p.691). Aeneas finds love with Queen Dido in Carthage, and although he could stay with her and fill the role of husband to the queen. He exhibits his obedience to the gods, “Duty-bound, Aeneas, though he struggled with desire to calm and comfort her pain… yet took the course
William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar This story was about both love and betrayal. Shakespeare tells of how someone can love their country enough to kill their best friend. They’d even risk destroying themselves. After the death of a tyrant, Caesar, two people (one opposing the death of Caesar and the other agreeing with it) spoke during Caesar’s funeral to reason with the people of Rome. Each trying their own method to win the crowd’s opinion.
He transformed in front of the eyes of his family and country as someone who was a strong, courageous soldier to an irrational namby-pamby. He did not respond to his situation in the most sensible way. Ajax felt an obligation to commit suicide instead of mending his relationship with the Greek deities and his family. In doing so he cheated him self and his beloved even though he felt like he made the noblest decision. In the beginning of the play Ajax claims, “...My name is Ajax:/ agony is its meaning.
A hero suffers an extreme reversal of fortune, from great success to abysmal failure, which causes immense suffering. Brutus suffers from knowing that what he did to Caesar was wrong, so he kills himself. He thought that killing Caesar was a great success to Rome, which then leads to a dreadful failure, the people of Rome saying that what he did was dishonorable. After his failure, he decides to let Caesar not suffer anymore, “Caesar, now be still; I kill’s not thee with half so good a will.”(V, 5 50-1) After his dreadful failure, his final suffering entered his life, “I know my hour is come,” (V, 5 19) Brutus’s immense suffering and only escape was death, and suffered his death honorably. A tragic flaw is a weakness that makes a hero susceptible to mistake, which brings on the fate of personal tragedy.