Like every persons journey, Odysseus grew stronger on the inside, where it counts the most. The gods have no regard for what may happen to the many people who live except the ones they favor. The gods themselves are evil in a variety of ways and aided men who are evil without care as long as the ones they favor remain safe. Although Odysseus is a good man, the gods fully support the slaughter of the suitors even though there may have been more ethical ways of punishing the suitors, "He spoke, but not a word did wise Odysseus answer. Silent he shook his head, brooding on evil" (198).
Odysseus will do anything to protect his image as a great and wise leader, including lying and falsely accusing his own men and, in desperation, even the gods. While Odysseus and many readers of The Odyssey regard him as an admirable and selfless leader, he demonstrates that he is inconsistent with thinking of anyone besides himself. Furthermore, his hubris prevents him from recognizing his own carelessness as a leader and eventually results in the crew’s tragic deaths. Odysseus becomes blinded by his own admirable qualities and successes in war and fails to address effectively both the obstacles at hand during his journey back to Ithaca and the well-being of the men under his command. While many factors contribute to the failure of Odysseus as a leader, at the heart of them all underlies his fatal pride.
Creon’s roles as King made him believe that he had every right to break the law of God and create his own for people without their consent. Creon caused corruption of Thebes by trying to measure his powers with the powers of the Gods and when Teiresias tried to tell him that it would not have a good ending, Creon failed to believe him. So, therefore learned his lesson as he was being carried in to the house as the choragos said “There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; No wisdom, but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, and proud men in old age learn to be wise” (1833).
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.
Throughout Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus’ arrogance comes out again and again. The first sign of arrogance his him running away from his parents that he knows might not be his true parents. This leads him to Thebes where is arrogance is seen by the city. Not only did he take full control of the investigation even the parts where he had help by over ridding them; he also carried out his own punishment he deemed fit. The blindness of Oedipus was truly caused by his arrogant self-important view on
Oedipus the King - The Character Transformations of Oedipus Through the character of Oedipus, Sophocles shows the consequences of defying the divine order. Oedipus served Thebes as a great ruler, loved by his subjects; but, like most in the human race, he slipped through the cracks of perfection. Oedipus had many faults, but it was primarily the tragic flaw of hubris, arrogance from excessive pride, which doomed his existence, regardless of the character attributes that made him such a beloved king. He was doomed for downfall since his very beginning, because "to flee your fate is to rush to find it" (Oedipus Rex). Oedipus, throughout this work, seems more than a merely passive player lost in the hands of fate.
As a result of this Odysseus is forced to go all the way back to Kirke's island, wasting time and valuable food to bury his body. This decision is not only selfish but disrespectful because it forces Elpenor to go through extreme suffering in the painful underworld. Odysseus is a selfish leader who needed to stop and think about his decisions instead of acting on impulses, this could have saved the lives of... ... middle of paper ... ...uld feel better than everyone else. Finally Odysseus shows Hubris when he takes up the challenge to shoot the arrow through the twelve axes. This is an act of Hubris because it shows that he thinks he is better than everyone else.
Oedipus was portray as a bright and good king who did everything he could to not fulfill the horrible oracle. Even though he was this great man he still could not escape his fate. Both of these plays are centered on the same general myth; however each has a different theme, which is supported by the change in Oedipus’s character. Oedipus falls in both plays but for different reasons. In The Infernal Machine he falls because he is weak against the gods, however in Oedipus the King he falls due to his own pride which forces him to discover the truth.
Again, Oedipus is blind to the subtle hints the shepherd leaves for Oedipus to decipher. Until now, Oedipus's pride has blinded him from the truth and from seeing other's intentions; he has been stubborn. When isolated, each of these events may be excused as a simple mistake, but a pattern emerges when viewed as a whole. The tragic outcome of Oedipus' life is caused by his underlying character flaw - pride. However, Oedipus is a tragic hero because he becomes aware of his fault and accepts responsibility for his actions.
When he left to go fight in the Trojan War, he left behind his wife and his only son. While he lived the double life sleeping with Calypso and Circe; Penelope was being a thoughtful wife. She stayed faithful to her husband because she could not see herself being with anyone else. Penelope husband was gone for twenty years, so she became celibacy until her husband came back. When suitors came to her door for her hand in marriage, she turn them down because she knew she took a vow to stay commit “in sickness and in heath through death do us