Zeus hated people who saw themselves in a pompous manner like when Polyneices tried to motivate the Argive army with boasts of greatness for example. Zeus was also mentioned when the chorus says, “Loom upon Oedipus’ children: generation from generation takes the compulsive rage of the enemy god. So lately this last flower of Oedipus’ line.” (Sophocles 506). The enemy god is indeed Zeus who first cursed King Laius. The chorus reveals this to Antigone, but she is already aware of it and is willing to accept it.
If he keeps fighting he would die and be famous and almost and be known as a great warrior. While Achilles is deciding what to do Zeus sent Patroclus, Achilles best friend, back into battle and he died at the by Hector. Achilles is mad. He went back to fight very angry. Achilles did not go for his glory this time.
The characters of Hamlet and Achilles, even though from very different time periods, encompass many of the same themes and characteristics. These two characters have many close comparisons, but upon closer inspection they differ on a grand scale. This is immanently due mainly to the time period and culture that each character was submersed in and how each character was supposed to act and to extenuate the main essence of the individual culture. Achilles was considered one of, if not, greatest warrior of the Trojan War in Homer’s Iliad. What made Achilles such an honorable hero was the fact that he fought for his own pride, not the desire to conquer the war.
The enormous bravery of Odysseus makes him the epic hero in Homer’s Odyssey. Odysseus is never afraid of anything in his life. He fight against the god of the sea. Even when Odysseus was up against the suitors he didn’t think twice to fight against sixty suitors alone. He said to his son Telemachos, things could be, another could strike my head from my shoulders if I did not come as an evil thing to all those people as I entered the palace of Odysseus, the son of Laertes.
In Antigone, by Sophocles, The characterization Creon proves the quote to be true through his irrational decisions and edicts. His abuse of power is shown through Creon by forbidding anyone to give Polyneices an honorable burial and not listening to the prophet Teiresias. When Oedipus, King of Thebes, dies, his throne is left for his two sons Eteocles and Polyneices. When Eteocles refuses to share the throne, the two brothers go to war. Both are killed in the struggle for power.
The first time was when Heracles sought revenge after Laomedon failed to honour a promise made to the hero. The second time was as a result of the Trojan war. Priam was humiliated during the siege of Troy when he had to beg Achilles for the return of the body of his favorite son, Hector. When Troy was sacked, Priam was killed on the altar of Zeus by Pyrrhus (Neoptolemus), the son of Achilles. Cyclops - one-eyed giant from ancient Greek mythology (II.ii.486) Le 2 Mars - Roman god of war (II.ii.487) Hecuba - wife of Priam, the king
In the article, “Symbolic Kinship and Secret Identity” Baird is quoted as stating, “deprivation, ‘motivates the hostility of the monster against the race of men, he is driven to destroy what he cannot share.’” (Acosta, 49) Grendel gets his revenge by the death and destruction of the men who represent what he can’t have: success, joy, glory, and favor in the eyes of God. For Grendel’s mother, revenge takes on a much more specific task of avenging the death of her only son. "But a monster still lived, and meant revenge. / She'd brooded on her loss, misery had brewed / In her heart, that female horror…"(Beowulf, 1257 - 1259). Propelled by a mother’s
The Tragic Hero In Literature and Society (4th edition), Sophocles’ play “Antigone” depicts Creon as the tragic hero because of his tragic flaw, his suffering, and the way he arouses pity and fear in the audience. In Greek mythology, Creon is of noble blood and the ruler of Thebes. He becomes the king after his nephew’s death. He orders a law to forbid anyone from burying Polyneices, brother of the former king Eteocles. Polyneices betrays his kingdom and dies killing his brother.
He put his life on the line for the people but not just for the people some for his own selfish reasons as described above. His pride would not let him back down from a challenge or waiver in any sort of battle/competition. His greedy ways sent him on a course headed for destruction since he had an insatiable appetite for fame and glory. All together Beowulf was a great guy that did what he could for the people that praised him. He had faults just like everyone else because nobody is perfect.
Shield of Achilles In the Iliad the shield of Achilles was used to fight Hector, the greatest fighter of Troy. Achilles had lost his armor to his closest companion, Patroclus, whom Hector killed in a battle. Patroclus was wearing Achilles armor so they were ripped to shreds. Achilles felt horrible for lending his armor to Patroclus so he decides to fight against Hector. Achilles’ mother asks the gods to provide replacement armor for her son.