John is not willing to give up anything, be it antiques to happiness. In the end, however, he ended up making the ultimate sacrifice- his life. By ending his life, he escaped into what his society’s religion believed to be a Utopia; it is better known as heaven. Meanwhile, Helmholtz is able to somewhat adapt to any surronding and makes the sacrifices as needed, that is the reason he was not biased to any other cultures. There are still faults in his beliefs, thanks to hynopaedia.
He favors Regan and Goneril because their words sound nice to the ear. In actuality, though, their statements have no true feeling behind them. On the other hand, too caught up in his own pride and ego, King Lear perceives Cordelia's honest words as "pride, which she calls plainness" (1.1.137). Because Cordelia does not give... ... middle of paper ... ...osing a loved one in the September 11 attacks, while King Lear does die of anguish over his daughter's death. Since the concept of fate – the belief that all actions are planned out, and regardless of what people do, no one can change the outcome – frequently prevails in literature, one could also attribute King Lear's death to his acknowledgement of fate.
This is presented beginning on line 236 of Book V where Odysseus openly admits that Penelope cannot compare in beauty or stature, but he still pines for her. Also going along with this concept, is Odysseus’ sheer determination to mak... ... middle of paper ... ...nd the theme of immortality. However, each presents it in different ways. The Epic of Gilgamesh presents true immortality as deeds and actions that will keep your names in the memory of the people forever. In The Odyssey immortality is presented as something that is less important than your family and the people you love.
By the time Oedipus reaches Colonus he realizes that he is was not responsible for his fate. His fate and his pride are the factors involved in where he feels he should die and be buried. His fate was told to him that he would rest the holy ground of Eumenides. Oedipus has his daughters perform rites when the citizens tell him he has to perform them for trespassing on holy ground. His never apologizes for his trespass, but rather regard himself as holding knowledge of the gods beyond that of the citizens due to his pride.
In death, you will answer to your god and no man will have control of your fate in the world that lies hereafter. Therefore by obeying the gods, hopefully, will result in a happy afterlife, which are what most people strive for in ancient times and now. If man does not honor you for noble efforts, your gods' will. Antigone's act was honorable. She stood up to the highest of powers so she could honor her brother, knowing the consequence would be death.
In this way, Sophocles stresses that the gods are greater than man, that there's a boundary to human aptitude and reason. Lastly, Oedipus the King attends to enlighten us on the causes of human suffering. Though Oedipus' fate is decided, the reader still feels compassion for the tragic hero, trusting that somehow he doesn't merit what eventually befalls him. Here, Sophocles accredits, at least somewhat, human suffering to the simple will of the gods.
“Self-sacrifice takes on a number of meaning, from giving everything and dedicating oneself solely to the relationship, through risking one’s life, to actual death” (Ben-Zeév). At the end, Antonio’s ship wrecked. He now must pay his life for the loans taken from Shylock. Love is strong; it makes one’s self willing to die for another. “Ture love doesn’t want anything in return, because there is nothing it needs” (Elkrief).
Penelope undergoes the struggles because she knows that her Odysseus will return to her, and he is a man worth waiting on. However, of course, Penelope does not know about these relationships that Odysseus has taken part in. Though, Penelope still believes that Odysseus is a good man and is proud to be his wife. Odysseus wants to return to his wife but he has everything and more with Calypso on her island. He could have stayed there and would have been very happy there, however he would not have earned his kleos for his quests.
Without Athena's wisdom, Odysseus was sure to meet his doom because there was no way that he could defeat the goddess Charybdis. Odysseus not only depended on immortals to get him out of a mess, b... ... middle of paper ... .... He felt comfortable showing this side because he knew that she wouldn't laugh at him, but would be understanding because she felt the same as he did; they both longed for each other. The Odyssey involved many current-day characteristics of man including a dependence on others, the existence of a greater vision, or lack of it, and asensitive side found behind courage and pride. Today people still face these problems and must work to overcome them.
Another example of his wisdom was his failure to inform his crew about Charybdis and Scylla. If he did tell them, his crew ... ... middle of paper ... ... had!” (12.772-75). In this dramatic speech of Odysseus’s, he is rallying his men like all great leaders and heroes do. Courage is one of the true trademarks of heroes, and Odysseus displays that trait perfectly. Odysseus' wit, wisdom and courage make him a true hero, yet Homer’s novel indicates that wit overrules all.