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.
He joined the conspirators to kill Julius Caesar, didn’t listen the people that tried to help him out, and switched his mind more than he should have. Together all of these things led to Brutus’s downfall and eventually his death. The plot that the conspirators had planned did not work and when they had to flee for their live, the terrible decision became more real to Brutus. Brutus listened to Cassius’s evil ways of talking him into joining the conspirators, then did not listen to his advice that was suppose to help him, Brutus, be successful. Cassius deceived Brutus and convinced Brutus that Caesar was no good and useless to Rome, but was really a lie to make sure Caesar never got crowned.
Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus, shows the sinful trait of hubris, in the form of cockiness when he talks to Polythemus, his crewmen, his wife, and his son. The first time Odysseus exhibits hubris is in the very beginning of his journey. Odysseus and his crewmen decide to visit the island of Polythemus simply out of curiosity. They run into a predicament inside the cave since Polythemus won’t let them escape. Odysseus is keen and cunning when he comes up with a plot to blind Polythemus and escape under the bellies of the flock of ewes brought in and out of the cave every day.
But then, Odysseus told the blinded Cyclops his identity by shouting, “Cyclops – if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so- say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye, Laertes’ son who makes his home in Ithaca” (9, 558-562). Hubris allegedly causes great success, but in reality, hubris leads to many mistakes instead. Odysseus carelessly telling Polyphemus all of his personal information through his enormous pride angered Poseidon, Polyphemus’ father, who ended up killing Odysseus’ entire crew and delaying Odysseus for 10 long years. If Odysseus would have suppressed his pride, his crew might have been able to return to Ithaca. But Odysseus’ hubris prevented everyone’s safe arrival back home, and resulted in a lot of suffering for many people.
Oedipus' self-confidence blinds him to the impossibility evading fate predestined by the gods. Dramatic irony is present when Oedipus tries to skirt the horrible prophecy of him killing his father and coupling with his mother, because in fleeing Corinth to avoid murdering Polybus, he is taking steps that will realize the prophecy. Again his overconfidence contributes to the impending doom; in believing t... ... middle of paper ... ...o torture the shepherd, "So you won't talk willingly - then you'll talk with pain". Oedipus' cruelty indeed literally squeezes his own demise out of the shepherd: "You're a dead man is I have to ask again". Again, Oedipus is blind to the subtle hints the shepherd leaves for Oedipus to decipher.
One of Odysseus's many foolish decisions in the epic is when he lets his men raid and pillage the Kikones. This irrational decision ends up in the death of nearly 30 of his men. If he would have stopped and though about his decisions he could have saved his fellow soldiers. Another foolish decision is when he was on the island of the Kyklops, instead of just exploring the cave he decides to explore the entire island just so he can see a kyklops this exploration ends up with the death of many of his men and a curse set on Odysseus. Odysseus makes a selfish decision when he wrongfully tells his crew Kirke, "urged that I alone should listen to their song.
Thirdly, it is evident in the tragedy that Oedipus is judgmental. This character trait is evident when he abruptly blames Creon for conspiring against him. Moreover, he does not take time but immediately refers to prophet Tiresias as a traitor. This drives him in making random errors through the text making him unable to heed to prophet Tiresias’ advice as is supposed to be for all the kings of Thebes (Cameron 23). This makes him an arrogant leader who is guided by his anger rather than
As Creon appears, he tells them that the god, Apollo, said that there is bad blood in Thebes, and that until this blood is expelled Thebes will be a sick city. This bad blood is the blood of the person who killed Laios. When Oedipus asks why the case was not investigated, as he had not come to Thebes at that point, the people answer that they were too busy trying to solve the Sphinx's riddle. Oedipus says that no matter what the cost is, he will get to the bottom of it, both because it harms Thebes, and because Laios was noble and loyal. The elders say that they do not have any knowledge of the murder, and suggest that Oedipus call Tiresias, a blind prophet, to help and advise him.
These heroes are very concerned with making sure others will hear of their fantastic deeds and this is exactly what gets Odysseus into trouble. He disregards the safety of his crew because his pride blinds him from thinking of the consequences. This causes many hardships during his voyage home which could have been easily avoided, but he let his pride get him and his crew into trouble when he shouts at the Cyclopes… “Cyclopes, if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes' son, whose home's on Ithaca!”(l.673, book 9). It seems as if Odysseus must brag after doing anyt...
Creon declares Polyneices not to be buried, punishes and kills Antigone for trying to give her brother a proper burial, lets no one mourn his death (SP4). Although Creon didn’t kill himself he has to live with his knowing that he brought this tragedy on himself. Both characters were challenged together in separate ways with both unfortunate outcomes. In both stories we know that Okonkwo and Creon rule by fear and they both believe that having power is the most important thing; it isn’t (SP1). That trait of fear of weakness may as well of been both Okonkwo and Creon’s tragic flaw which caused the two their devastating downfall.