Odysseus’ reveals his impulsiveness just after he blinds and escapes the cyclops. In his elation and arrogance, he reveals his identity to the blind cyclops. He then continues to taunt the creature, angering the cyclops. Poseidon, the cyclops’ father, then curses Odysseus, “[swearing] Odysseus should reach his own country again only after long misery and [the loss of] all his men” (Hamilton 306). Although he is cunning and clever, Odysseus’ pride consumes him, and he carelessly submits to his impulse to gloat, causing a god with the ability to follow through on his threats to impede on his journey.
However, that arrogance brought about his trials and misfortune on his journey home. A clear example of his hubris bringing forth his misfortune can be found in his ordeal with, the son of Poseidon, the cyclops Polyphemos. In this saga with the cyclops, Odysseus manages to escape Polyphemos’ cave with his men by using his clever mind to first intoxicate and then meme the cyclops (The Odyssey). By tricking the cyclops to call him “Nobody” he was able to follow through with his
Odysseus's biggest failure in dealing with temptation happens on the island of the Kyklopes. Odysseus becomes very angry when the Kyklope eats two of his men. His immediate reaction is to kill the Kyklope, however he realizes that in order to survive he must control his temper and come up with a clever plan. "My heart beat high now at the chance of action, and drawing the sharp sword from my hip I went along his flank to stab him where the midriff holds the liver. I had toched the spot when sudden fear stayed me: if I killed him we perished there as well(Homer Book 9 line 312-317)."
He is determined to expose Othello for the beast he is by "bringing this monstrous birth to light" (1.3.395). In the first scene of the play, Iago claims that he dislikes Othello for promoting Cassio over himself and later claims that he suspects that Othello has slept with his wife, and uses these as excuses to seek revenge on Othello to prove that he is an animal unworthy of Desdemona. In reality, however, Iago's true motives are for his own evil pleasure and in this pursuit of "joy, pleasance, revel, and applause transform[s] [himself] into [a] beast" (2.3.291). Iago makes his feelings known for Othello in the first scene of Act I, when he and Roderigo tell Brabantio that the "old black ram [was] tupping [his] white ewe" and that with his daughter "covered with a Barbary horse", his grandchildren "will neigh to [him]" (1.1.85; 1.1.108). Iago quickly angers Desdemona's father with his vivid bestial images and it is here that we realize the depth of Iago's cr... ... middle of paper ... ...convictions for upholding honor and justice.
Brutus, even when his mind has good intention it is also littered with ignorance. Brutus had good intentions but his ignorance made him make not the best decisions. He had made many ignorant decisions because he did not want to listen to Cassius. The first time Brutus showed this trait was when Cassius warned Brutus many times about the danger of Mark Antony. Brutus simply thinks the good of people, not ever wondering if he does one action, if the other person might retaliate.
Bash him in!” and repeatedly jabs Robert (Golding 125). These actions by Jack lead the reader to believe that he has changed into a lustful bloodthirsty savage ready to harm humans just a short time after the fall of a peaceful society. The chanting indicates that Jack has fallen into a primitive state demonstrating the lack of civility When Jack manages to achieves a position of leadership in a rule less society, he becomes ruthless to the boys, “the newly beaten and untied Wilfred [is] sniffling” (176). Jack’s actions demonstrate how much he has changed, from civil choir boy to a reckless savage tying and beating boys at random. Jack has started solving his problems the only way a bloodthirsty savage does, by violence.
In return, Polyphemus curses Odysseus and makes his journey hard and treacherous. Odysseus let his pride cloud his judgment and this led to him acting like a madman and openly challenging a monster, which makes his travels home a great deal longer. Anyone in his right mind would know better than to insult a monster, especially the son of a God whose help you a... ... middle of paper ... ...hat no human is perfect. Odysseus seems like the ideal man: brave, strong, handsome, and intelligent, however, every human has their flaws, just like Odysseus had his. However, with the help of the Gods, a human can get out of any problem, whether it is big or small.
Odysseus found himself in some dangerous situations during his journey but he was clever enough to think of ways to escape them. For example, when he encountered Polyphemus, Odysseus tricked him when he told the Cyclops his name was "Noman." After Polyphemus believed him and was stabbed in the eye, not knowing any better called out to his friends, "Noman is murdering me by craft. Force there is none" (87). Odysseus’ power over his enemy is once again confirmed by his wit more than by physical force.
As the cyclops is doing everything in his power to eat Odysseus and his crew; Odysseus comes up with a clever alternative plan. After Odysseus blinds the cyclops and escapes his lair, he can’t resist taunting him. “ I say, Cyclops! if ever any one asks you who put out your ugly eye, tell him your blinder was Odysseus, the conqueror of Rutchena 2 Troy, the son of Laertes, whose address is in Ithaca.,”(Rouse 110) . In this passage, Odysseus is exposing himself to Polyphemus.
Appealing for help he cries: “Nohbdy, Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!” (443) But told that nobody’s tricked him, the other Cyclops return to their slumber. Had Odysseus never implanted his initial lie, an act of consummate deception and deceitfulness, his fate would have been sealed with the Cyclops brethren entering to identify the... ... middle of paper ... ...eye – different than saying I shoved it in, so the language and diction is powerful Drunk hiccupping not only is visually imagery but is also very powerful. Imagery brings out meaning more Power For a hero of the Iliad, they would have blinded polyphemus at first chance, but stressing the importance of the two themes of BLAH AND BLAH, the necessity of …is seen in this passage. Motif of cunning tricks is not in this passage but the trick is in getting Cyclops drunk anyway. Odysseus’s inventiveness in this situation is a tribute to the hero’s manipulation of the truth.