Along the way he cannot control his temper and this personality flaw leads him to his our destruction. Blinded by ignorance and pride drives him to accuse Creon of trying to overthrow him. Sophocles use the blindness of Tiresias to point out the great power behind wisdom and understand through Oedipus situation. He sends the message that wisdom, knowledge are important aspects of life one should have because without them we are we will forced down a path of suffering and destruction. Humans have power when they have knowledge and insight but that power is liable to error because in reality we are all flawed with blindness to the truth and our own destruction can be an inner force that eats us out until we are forced to face 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.
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 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.
Due to Oedipus’ blindness and ignorance, he is unable to see past the truth. His hamartia was his poor sense of judgement; he tried to go against his own fate by making decisions on his own. He was warned by many around him but did not seem to be more cautious or stop chasing a hurting truth. Oedipus was responsible for his own downfall, his constant persistence of going against wise people’s words and acting on the belief of his own intelligence ultimately led him to a path of destruction. In the end, he went from being known as the noble King of Thebes to a blinded man who has no point of living anymore.
He reveals his identity as Odysseus to the Kyclops which angers the gods greatly. Odysseus is punished for his excessive pride and learns from his mistakes. This incident shows how Odysseus is far from flawless, and still has a long way to go to becoming a hero. He endures this mental and physical challenge, and although he does come out on top for the physical aspect of the challenge, he fails miserably in terms of the mental challenge. Odysseus let his “hubris” get to him.
That is why it is categorized as one... ... middle of paper ... ...l result of their accomplishments, but some take it further until it becomes excessive. This hubris affects their lives over and over again. However, characters like Achilles, Ajax and Odysseus continue to make the choices to defend their sense of honor that become unjust and produce negative aftereffects. Like Sophocles says: “All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.” Works Cited Homer.
Although Tiresias is visually impaired, he can still see the truth of the contingency. However, Oedipus is blind to the truth and immediately begins accusing Tiresias of being involved in a conspiracy with Creon to overthrow him as king. Oedipus casts insults at Tiresias about his blindness saying “You have no strength, blind in your ears, your reason and your eyes.” (374-375). Tiresias responds by saying that the insults Oedipus has hurled will before long come back upon him. He also tells Oedipus that what has brought him greatness is the very luck that will ruin him.
Homer builds Polyphemus as means of making Odysseus more multi-dimensional and better liked for his wits and cleverness. The cannibalistic giant was easily fooled when he asked for Odysseus’s name before he threatened to dismember the mighty war hero. When asked about his name, Odysseus replied by saying, “Nobody –that’s my name. Nobody –so my mother and father call me, all my friends,” (9.410). The simple-minded antagonist did not even doubt the legitimacy of that fake name for a second, that even when he shouts for help as Odysseus blinds him, he screams, “Nobody’s killing me now by fraud and not by force!” (9.455).