In the epic Oedipus the King, Oedipus Rex suffers a major downfall because he does not believe that the gods are in control of his life. Oedipus has the qualities of a tragic hero, starting with him being noble of birth. In the epic, Oedipus was born into royalty, but was given up by his parents because of a horrid prophesy from the gods. Different parents then raised Oedipus, but they were still royalty. When he became king of his birth land, even though he grew up thinking he was not adopted, he thought that he could outrun the predictions of the gods.
He tries to position himself as equal to the gods, which is obviously impossible. In spite of these phrases and the arrogance that both heroes display, Sophocles and Homer show their main characters as puppets of the gods, revealing the polytheistic thoughts of their eras. Achilles´ actions determine the fate of his nation. He knows his fate and he accepts it, “Everyone dies, whether today or fifty years from now”. The Greek warrior does not try to deceive his
They are not just ordinary humans; Deucalion is the son of Prometheus, Pyrrah the daughter of Epimetheus. The reason for Zeus to have done this was because of human kind’s immoral attitude towards the gods, to start the race again through moral Deucalion and Pyrrah, but man is a reflection of the gods which leads to these immoral acts. In the metamorphoses, Ovid’s ideas are that nothing is constant in the world. Everything is in a state of flux and will always lead to change. This myth is written after the Lycaon myth, when Lycaon tries to go against the gods and attempts to kill Zeus himself.
He notes that his constant quest for sexual gratification, the unquenchable thirst for adventure, and bold carelessness are features that glorify the male body as a disposable rocket. However, one could argue that men can be much more than that; they can be anything they want. Updike's examples contain attributes that can be embraced and others, rejected by men. In other words, Updike describes a type of lifestyle which- at least in the 21st century- is not unique to, or descriptive of the male gender. Updike begins with several analogies.
“The Great Chain of Being was supposed to keep the Earth in a stable condition and order. Anything that breaks this chain of order was said to disrupt the stability of the universe.” (Wikka 1) Macbeth was selfish to commit this act for nothing but personal gain. In the end he was not even content with the outcome, just like the people around him. “I’ll go no more: / I am afraid to think what I have done” (II.ii.48-49) Therefore, selfishness only leads to unhappiness and trouble for all. This is shown, also, when Macbeth begins to keep his wife out from his life.
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.” Referring that Caesar was better than them and that Cassius wanted to be Caesar. Another more direct example of Cassius’s jealousy is in the same place when he says “Did I the tired Caesar- and this man is now become a god, and Cassius is a wretched creature and must bend his body if Caesar carelessly but nod on him” (1.2.115-118). This quote is showing that Cassius was jealous of how people practically worshiped Caesar and Cassius wishes they were worshiping him. Document T also provides a clear statement from Cassius showing his jealousy, “Ye gods! It doth amaze me, A man of such a feeble temper should So get the start of the majestic world, And bear the palm alone” (1.2.127-130).
Once he has done so, he will improve himself socially and be able to impress others. Walter Lee wants to be able to buy his wife beautiful jewelry and his son to have anything he wants, but Walter is unable to achieve this because of his lack of education. George Murchison refers to Walter Lee as "Prometheus", this of course fits Walter Lee's personality perfectly because Prometheus is the god who was punished for bringing fire to mortals, was chained to Mt. Caucasus, where every day an eagle tore out his liver, which grew back each night. This relates to Walter Lee because Walter, too, is chained.
(Aeschylus 116). Intelligence and cleverness, while celebrated in a man, are threatening characteristics in a woman. In the palace of Argos, Clytaemnestra has been having an open affair with Aegisthus. The chorus, who acts as the voice of the common man, and therefore the voice of morality, condemn her for this affair even though it is common practice for men in ancient Greece to have many extramarital affairs themselves. In this way Aeschylus overlooks the double standards placed upon the women of the time period, but he also, perhaps unwittingly, sets up Clytaemnestra as the antagonist of the plays.
He thinks back to when he and Caesar were of equal power and doesn’t think Caesar deserves all of the power he has. He says to Brutus “I was born free as Caesar, so were you / We both have fed as well, and we can both / Endure the winter’s cold as well as he” (I.ii.97-99). Also Cassius is angry because Caesar doesn’t like him. He thinks that Caesar has a very judgmental side to him and that his judgmental personality could end up hurting him. This then leads up to Casca who is another character that is jealous of Caesar.