Patroklos was enraged and kills many men including Sarpedon. His bravery and arrogance, however, began to get the best of him. Here, Patroklos lets Kleos get in the way of his thinking. He wanted to be a hero, and he became blinded by the thoughts of Kleos and Gera. Although Kleos and Gera is the driving force behind many men in the war, Patroklos let it cloud all of his thoughts and became careless.
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).
This not only was disloyal to Helios, but also Odysseus allowing his men to do this put them in danger because Helios called upon the gods and said, “O Father Zeus and gods in bliss forever, punish Odysseus and his men” (Book 12). He did manage to squeeze some heroic acts into his journey like saving his family and friends from the suitors, but his wrongdoings still trumped his good deeds. He not only gave into those temptations, but he also was an incredibly narcissistic man. In The Alchemist, Santiago lost his sheep and money and still managed to get over it and continue on his journey without any misdeeds. However Odysseus, was too conceited to see past the urges and do the right
Oedipus, throughout this work, seems more than a merely passive player lost in the hands of fate. He makes critical errors in judgment that set the events of the story into action. His pride and arrogance, blindness and ignorance, as well as foolishness and quick temper all play a part in the tragedy that befalls him. Oedipus's pride sets it all off; when a drunken man tells him that his father is not who he thinks, his pride is so wounded that he will not let the subject rest, eventually going to the oracle of Apollo at Delphi to find the truth. A less proud man may have not needed to visit the oracle, giving him no reason to leave Corinth in the first place (Segal, 121).
This event is also an example of his impulsive nature, as he does not stop to consider the consequences of taunting the son of Poseidon, the god of earthquakes, nor does he allow the begging of his men to sway his behavior. He calls out, “Cyclops– if any man … should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so–say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye…” (Homer 227). It is these significant acts of hubris and impulsiveness that lead to the curse brought upon him by Poseidon. Also, at various points, Odysseus is shown to be ... ... middle of paper ... ...ore the journey and the Odysseus after the journey. At times when he might be beating the suitor or the goatherd up, he resists and instead, focuses on his plan to rid of them altogether at the right time.
Odysseus proves that he has the power to overcome; he just doesn’t always have the self-control to resist. Odysseus is tempted again when he encounters the Cyclops, Polyphemos. Unlike his encounter with the lotus-eaters, he displays a more reckless side when he couldn’t resist screaming out his name in pride after escaping the Cyclops: “…So they begged, but they could not bring my fighting spirit round. I called back with another burst of anger, ”Cyclops— if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so—sa... ... middle of paper ... ...e to strike came, Odysseus, combined with his numerous physical strengths, used his self-control to do what was right. This rediscovered sense of control is something that Odysseus proved he had early on, he just didn’t realize it.
Though like each individual human being these epic heroes and heroines will also bear there own flaws. Odysseus also has his own flaws that hinder him along the duration of his adventures in the Odyssey. One flaw that Odysseus can be known for is his overbearing self-confidence; he’s a hubris man, arrogant at heart. Another flaw of his is that he’s egotistical; he puts his own desires before those of his men and others around him. As an epic hero and a human being Odysseus has his flaws, which lead to the demise of him and his men.
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.
After Odysseus blinds his son, the Cyclops, Poseidon becomes vengeful and takes his wrath out on the man who so hurt his son. He makes the sea choppy and churning, making it almost impossible for Odysseus to continue his journey. Even though he has all this power and is capable of killing Odysseus, he is stopped by the other gods; he is pressured to stop because Odysseus is a beloved man among the gods. Lastly, there is Athena. Not only is she a strong female character in "The Odyssey" she is also a very kind and powerful character in her own right.
In the beginning of the play Creon presents a strong confident image, although it becomes apparent self-doubt is present due to his inability to accept a diminished view of himself. Whilst giving the orders to murder anyone who tries to bury Antigone’s brother, Creon refuses the advice of his trusted council because they suggest he may be in the wrong. Creon so harshly yells Stop right there, before I am gorged with rage! (Page 12). The personality trait of being unyieldingly stubborn is one a majority can of people relate to. Therefore the audience might have felt sympathy towards him during that moment.