Fitzgerald was warning us through his theme of deceit that only the honest and good people can be heroes. Because Nick was able to be in but not of Gatsby’s world, he emerges as the unexpected hero and the only character worthy of the reader’s trust. Works Cited Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925.
“It is this division of thought that makes both Brutus and Cassius see Caesar as dangerous, though Cassius himself suffers no inward division, since he does not see”(Knight 124). This clearly shows how Brutus has poor judgment towards every little matter: There are other flaws in their friendship. When they first meet anstart to plot the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ore experienced person in the group would’ve put Brutus out of power, and he would have had to get something else. Brutus could not really predict what Caesar would have done with the crown. He did know that if Caesar was crowned, however, then he had no chance of ever being crowned himself.
Jackson argues that Bombadil does not serve a purpose to the story, but in fact, one could argue that he embodies a major theme of the series: the corruption of power. Practically everyone in the story feared the One Ring, including beings as powerful as Gandalf and Galadriel, and would avoid touching it because it would corrupt them. Tom Bombadil touched the One Ring. He did not fear it nor desire it, and so it did not corrupt him. For these reasons, Bombadil is not as unimportant as Jackson states.
He is too proud to consider the words of the prophet Teiresias, choosing, instead to rely on his own investing powers. Teiresias warns him not to pry into these matters, but pride in his intelligence leads Oedipus to continue his search. Oedipus thinks he can change fate. He just tries to ignore it, because he counts on his own ability to root out the truth. Oedipus is a clever man, but he is blind to the truth and refuses to believe Teiresias's warnings.
Nick often does not speak of himself but when he has, he has referred to himself as “one of the few honest people that (he) has ever known,” (Fitzgerald 59) but seems to act the complete opposite of said characteristics. Nick starts of the novel by saying “In consequence I am inclined to reserve all judgments,” but all he seems to do is just that, labeling Jordan liar when he, himself, is also a liar. Nick also tells of how shallow his “friends” are but he himself is shallow as well. Nick cannot be relied upon to practice what he preaches and therefore cannot be relied upon to write the complete truth. Nick’s hypocritical nature demolishes his credibility as a person, and therefore as a narrator.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, the main figure Odysseus has excessive pride, a lack of faith, and selfish intentions, which prevent him from earning the title of hero. These mannerisms are just several examples of his multiple derogatory traits. They completely overpower the few positive attributes Odysseus possesses. The numerous negative behaviors that he displays are not those of a hero. Being chivalrous, determined, growing, or courageous in any way can make a hero.
While Miller’s plays are designed to draw questions and moral dilemma for their audience it seems as if some critics have taken Miller’s open invitation too literally. One of the popularly presented arguments against Salesman is that there is no significant gain that is lost. They seem to feel that because the pedestal Willy sat on wasn’t that tall, he never reached a point where his death and failure could be considered that significant of a loss. “If the plot is not to be simply a mocking of the non-passive man, it must show a real chance of heroism and change. This Miller fails to do” (Mottram 33).
He also may be pointing out that our society is actually honorable like a father and should take the responsibility of individuals, like a father would a son, instead of trying to eliminate them which a father should never do. The last sentence reads, " To assert in any case, that a person must be absolutely cut off from society because he or she is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no one in their right mind would believe this today…" Here Camus is saying that an absolutely evil person is cut from society and the society is portraying itself as absolutely good. Camus is also saying that society can not, in any ones right mind, pass for being absolutely good. I would have to agree with this point. It is only obvious that our society would not pass for being absolutely good because no matter what we choose to do as a society, there will always be some people that do and do not agree.
Cervantes never intended Don Quixote to be a hero, this is backed when he says “by now quite insane, he conceived the strangest notion…to become a knight errant” (Cervantes 27). By calling Don Quixote insane when describing his characteristics removes any type of respect a reader has for Don Quixote. This does not stop Cervantes from presenting Don Quixote as the hero of the text. Don Quixote carries himself as the savior of the people he comes in contact with, but they do not return the favor. This belief in one’s abilities is a theme Cervantes pushes throughout the
For this reason it is wrong to write them off as simply one or the other. In Grant Wiggin’s speech about heroes, Jefferson displays many of the qualities that, according to Grant, a hero must possess. Grant himself, for all the good he does Jefferson, is not a hero, following his own formula. However, we cannot simply say that one is a hero and the other is not. In comics and fairy tales, the divisions between heroes and average people might be clear, but in real life, the lines are blurred.