Through these hardships our hero, Odysseus, shows a great amount of restraint that helped protect himself and get him and his men out of sticky situations.. Towards the middle of The Odyssey Odysseus is trapped inside of the Cyclops cave and is trying to figure out how to escape. “I considered whether to go near and draw my sharp sword and drive it into his breast; I could feel about till I found the place where the midriff encloses the liver. But second thoughts kept me back. We should have perished ourselves in that place, dead and done for; we could never have moved the great stone which he had planted in the doorway” (112).
First, in various stories Odysseus is very contradicting to himself because he is only hero-like some of the time. When he and his men were raiding the Cyclops’ cave they could have left before the Cyclops got there and they could have avoided a lot of trouble. But Odysseus wanted to be a hero and wanted to stay and fight the Cyclops. This was a very selfish move of him and ended up being the wrong decision because it cost him a few of his best men. Later when he redeems himself he tells the Cyclops his name is nobody and gets him drunk.
He slowly climbs the ladder and later becomes Chief by convincing the boys that a “beast” exists on the island. He effectively manipulates the boys into thinking that there is a beast (even though he knows it probably does not exist) by using totalitarian methods so that they will join his tribe for protection. He demonstrates Lord Acton’s belief that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” < http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Lord_Acton > The only boy to realize that the beast is not real, but rather a representation of the evil that is inherent in human nature, is Simon. This is fully exposed when he confronts the Lord of the Flies, when it said to him through hallucination, “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you?
Also, if Bilbo hadn't overcame his fear of being eaten by the spiders, he would have never killed them and freed the dwarves, and without the dwarves there wouldn't have been a story. Another prominent scene in which Bilbo overcomes his fears is when the party is sitting in Smaug’s cave, wondering if he is there, “'If you mean you think it is my job to into the secret passages first, O Thorin Thrain's son Oakenshield, may your beard grow even longer,' he said crossly,'say so at once and have done! I might refuse'” (210). In this example, Bilbo shows that he is somewhat nervous about going through the passages and advancing towards Smaug. Eventually, Bilbo gives in to Thorin’s plan and leads the party through the dark passages to Smaug.
Another example that shows Odysseus being a clever hero is when Odysseus and his men have to escape from the Cyclops. Since Odysseus stabbed the Cyclops in the eye, the Cyclops was blinded, but the Cyclops blocked the entrance to the cave he was feeling everything that went past him. Odysseus was in a predicament and he had to find a way to escape, so Odysseus came up with the clever idea of putting one man under three sheep so that the Cyclops would feel his sheep and not Odysseus and his men as they escaped. Once Odysseus and his men escaped, they returned to their ships and continued their
One example would be when a family of five loses their house due to a major electrical fire. These types of situations and events can lead to many different feelings including danger, anger, guilt, desperation, confusion, apathy, helplessness, urgency, bewilderment, impasse, and discomfort. However, when interpreted and dealt with correctly these feelings are often short lived. By seeking help, the family can gain a different perspective on the situation, personal growth, and new coping skills and resources for future stressors. On the other hand, if the family does not seek help they may suffer from a lower level of functioning or become nonfunctioning.
“When you're a beautiful person on the inside, there is nothing in the world that can change that about you. Jealousy is the result of one's lack of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-acceptance. The Lesson: If you can't accept yourself, then certainly no one else will.” In Joan Didion’s essay, with the help of periodic sentences and metaphorical language, she explains that self-respect does not come from others but from within oneself; it cannot be achieved when one is averse to oneself. Didion was looking for outer gratification, but through the ordeal of being rejected, gains the knowledge that self-respect is proper value of one’s character, and learning to love oneself. One can only be truly happy when one learns to accept oneself.
Odysseus had no need to yell at the blinded Cyclops; he had already escaped from the Cyclops’s harm. Odysseus just felt so proud of his victory over the Cyclops, that he wanted the Cyclops to know who was responsible for his injury. This caused Odysseus lots of trouble all throughout the rest of his journey. Poseidon’s anger toward Odysseus greatly sets back his journey because Poseidon controlled all the seas that Odysseus sailed upon. Odysseus is so eager to get home to his kingdom and his family, but he makes mistakes along the way.
Edie’s love and kindness towards Terry encouraged him to see life differently without death and violence. Charley’s brutal murder is the main catalyst for Terry’s transformation. Their brotherly bond was too strong and not one to be without consequences for Johnny Friendly and his mob. Terry’s attitude and behaviour at the beginning of the film was developed by Johnny Friendly and his ways of how a stable life on the docks should be, however, Terry’s realisation of Johnny’s wrong doing motivates him to follow what his conscience tells him. In the end it was not only Charley’s death but Father Barry and Edie’s moral persuasion that helped Terry find himself again, follow his own beliefs and destroy Johnny Friendly with the truth.
Bilbo was left alone to save the dwarves. He made a plan to get the spiders away from the nests and quickly went back to rescue the dwarves. The dwarves exclaim to Bilbo that because of his actions they stayed alive. Tolkien illustrates this when he states: “They knew only too well that they would soon all have been dead, if it had not been for the hobbit; and they thanked him many times”(166). Tolkien also shows heroism through external conflict when trolls capture the dwarves and Bilbo.