Nothing could stop him, or Penelope and Telemakhos, from all of them reuniting with each other once more. The odyssey is both Odysseus’s adventure story more of literal survival but also of emotional survival. Odysseus shows many personalities of himself including, humility, hatred, anger, love, stupidity, cowardly, bravery, unfaithfulness, and reasonable, but compassion is one personality that is missing in this interesting man. Odysseus does many things in order to live through his adventure home. Throughout attempting to survive this adventure, he is also thinking about his wife and son and what could possibly be happening in his hometown but doesn’t really show that side because he does not seem like a very compassionate
Beowulf's heroism belongs to a different time than that of King Arthur or Sir Gawain. For that reason his bragging about his prowess might seem decidedly unheroic. When he tells Unferth "I count it true that I had more courage, More strength in swimming than any other man" (514-15 (41) it might be interpreted in a poor way. What he is saying though is true. In addition, in order for him to succeed he must orally deliver his resume.
Polyphemus, the Cyclops, didn’t sense that the Odysseus and the men were hiding, and when he let is rams free, the crew escaped. Another one of Odysseus’s clever plans was on page 223, when he declared falsely that his name was “Nobody,” and the Cyclops believed him. When he and his shipmates blinded the Cyclops, the Cyclops cried out saying, “Nobody’s friends… Nobody’s killing me now by fraud and not by force!” (Page 224). Polyphemus’s friends took his statement literally, and believed that no one was trying to kill him. Odysseus’s clever ideas caused his plans to be successful.
Through these battles, Beowulf’s strength, humbleness and courageousness is revealed. These are characteristics that are crucial in defining an epic hero. However, every epic hero has a tragic flaw. Beowulf’s tragic flaw is his pride. His tragic flaw is evident throughout the novel thinking he can win them all.
He always had a special charm, which resulted in him climbing the “military ladder” so quickly, so to speak. He was also a very manipulative person, but not in the horrendous way. He was able to use his persuasive abilities to gain trust and support of the citizens of France and the military. Out of all the positive traits that made Napoleon successful, I truly believe that it was his overall intelligence that provided him such great accomplishments. He always loved to read, especially through his teen years, which
Every society/culture since the creation of man has created this type of hero to embody the values and mores of that time period. To be thought of as an epic hero the character must be endowed with specific traits. A few of these traits are: having great stature, always larger than life, have traits most valued by that society (i.e. tremendous courage, humility, super human strength.) a quick wit accompanied by extraordinary intelligence and a perspicacity for the journeys he must endure and the adversaries that he will have to thwart.
As in the story when he escapes from Cyclops cave he showed that he was brave and a great strategist when he poked Cyclops eye with pike of olive, he decided not to kill him because if he killed Cyclops, he would not be able to get out of the cave. This also shows he was wise and cleaver and able to think about the situation before doing anything. At the time when Cyclopes is making the meal of his friend he bravely said “Here is some drinks for you which we carry” (9 ;). These are some qualities which I can say I possess. His impulsiveness with Cyclops almost destroyed him and his companions but his bravery and clever strategy were able to save almost all of them.
. Poseidon curses Odysseus, sending storms and contrary winds to inhibit his homeward journey.” (Johnson, Poseidon: Greek God and Lord of the Sea.) Even though Poseidon’s punishment is arguably harsh, it is justified since Odysseus killed his son, Polyphemus. Odysseus is fortunate he did not receive a more severe penalty, such as a curse or disfigurement, retributions commonly imposed by the Gods. “Although most myths cast Poseidon in a
After Odysseus leads the defeating blow to the Trojans he proclaims his superiority over the gods. His tells them he single handedly defeated the Trojans and did not need the gods help. This angered the gods and when Odysseus and his men leave to return home they are caught in a storm. “The storm was a result of the statement Odysseus made to the gods” (Robert Halmi, Francis Coppula, Fred Fuchs, and Nicholas Meyer). Odysseus’s pride had taken over his logic and led him to say things he will regret.
Danglars, the treasurer of Dante’s ship, was envious of Dante’s early career success. Fernand Mondego desires Dante’s fiancée and longs for his amorous success. Lastly, Caderousse, Dante’s neighbor, hates that Dante’s has more luck in life than he does. Together, these three men do the unthinkable to their friend Dante. All three men draft a letter accusing Dante of treason.