II. Beowulf fights Grendel. Beowulf shows goodness and bravery volunteering to stand up to the Grendel that has been eating the people of Herot. "I have heard moreover that the monster scorns in his reckless way to use weapons; therefore, to heighten Hygelac's fame and gladden his heart, I hereby renounce sword and the shelter of the broad shield, the heavy war-board: hand-to-hand is how it will be, a life-and-death fight with the fiend." (433-440) It shows that Beowulf is fair because he fights Grendel with out any weapons.
When he arrives there, he takes out the cup of blood for the prophet, which attracts all of the dead souls: "This entire crowd gathered about the pit from every side, with a dreadful great noise, which made me pale with fear." (XI.45-50) Despite Odysseus' fear, he shows his courage by remaining calm, protecting the cup, and talking to the souls. One of his best examples of Odysseus bravery is when he fought off the suitors that are stealing everything from him. As The Odysseys stated, "Now at
The Cyclops On his adventure, he ran into the Cyclops Polyphemis. One of his toughest challenges. The reason why this was such a tough challenge is because the one eyed monster ate his men. He ate them two by two like were his own personal snack. Odysseus was down and out, but his pride wouldn’t let him give up.
He shows that he’s hotheaded, good looking, and at times, pushes his men to work too hard Odysseus is hotheaded throughout the story but after defeating the Cyclops he takes it a little too far. He and his men were finally escaping the island of the Cyclopes when Odysseus taunts “O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions? Puny, am I, in a caveman’s hands? How do you like the beating we gave you, you dammed cannibal?
For the entirety of the story after this event, Odysseus fights his hubris and learns to keep his identity secret to everyone except people he completely trusts. 2. Laestrygonians (pages 168-169) Odysseus and his crew had a very harsh experience with the Laestrygonians. The Laestrygonians are man eating monsters who attack and kill Odysseus’s company. Fitzgerald describes the massacre as follows, “They gathered on the sky line to shoot great boulders down from slings; and hell’s own crashing rose, and crying from the ships, as planks and men were smashed to bits—poor gobbets the wildmen speared like fish and bore away.”(Fitzgerald 168-169).
This demonstrates cunningness, Odysseus is planning to get the Cyclops in order save his and the rest of his men from being eaten by the Cyclops. When Odysseus and his men are getting attacked out at sea Odysseus states, “I tied them silently together, twining cords of willow from the ogre’s bed; then slung
Every time in the story as he encounters the problem in the way the God helps him. It is hard to compare the qualities between the great hero and me; somehow I have qualities similar and different then him. Heroes are people who saved the people. The main character in the Homers epic poem, Odysseus possesses heroic qualities, such as bravery, wisdom, a strategic thinking, courageous, strength, cleaver, extravagant curiosity, and honorable. 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 is an example of how savage the boys had truly become. The turpitude that the boys possessed during this hunt shows how the evil in them had taken oven. Later, Jack told the boys that they would offer the head as a sacrifice to the beast of the island. He told them to "sharpen a stick at both ends...as he stood up, holding the dripping sow's head in his hands... and jammed the soft throat down on the pointed end of the stick" (Golding, 126). The ability of Jack to perform this atrocious act shows his complete digression from propriety to absolute
Robert and Roger talk about Jack going to beat up one of their tribe members, “‘He got angry and made us tie Wilfred up.’”(159). They find this cruel act funny and exciting. Their humaneness is disappearing and they are taking pleasures in the most twisted things. Moreover, the disappearance of their humaneness leads them to killing people. Piggy went to talk to them in a civilized manner but they ended up killing him.
Decisive leaders make vital decisions which make them strong and gain power and respect from their nations. Strong leaders are required in a crisis and catastrophic times, as shown in the African proverb, "an army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep." Moreover, the leader should be strong enough in order not to lose the control of his reign. There are two examples of morally good leaders who lost their authority because of their weakness. The first example is Snowball in Animal Farm, Snowball fails because he cannot compete with Napoleon's brutal and selfish purpose to gain power "At the meetings, Snowball often won over the majority through his brilliant speeches, but Napoleon was better at canvassing support for him in between times.