Brutus had good intentions but his ignorance made him make not the best decisions. He had made many ignorant decisions because he did not want to listen to Cassius. The first time Brutus showed this trait was when Cassius warned Brutus many times about the danger of Mark Antony. Brutus simply thinks the good of people, not ever wondering if he does one action, if the other person might retaliate. He let himself get fooled by Mark Antony’s manipulation of words which made Brutus to trust Mark Antony even more.
As the tittle of the story is “The Apology” one will assume that Socrates apologies for his actions however he did not and that is what has made the judges gone mad. He stood for his believes till the last second without a doubt. The judges offer Socrates to beg for mercy but he refuse to do so by stating “To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?” This made the judge upset that not even death penalty inspired fear in Socrates and made him change his philosophical ideas.
Hector was distained to death before his pride took place, however he often over talked his abilities in a haughty way, and this contributated to his death. As Proverbs 16:18 says "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." Homer uses Hector and Achilles, along with others, to inspire readers to be rightous, humble, and respectful.
He also thought, just to save Rome that he had to kill Caesar. Brutus was also gullible enough too trust Antony after what all that happened and let Antony give a speech at Caesar’s funeral. Brutus acted as if nothing has happened between the two. The only reason he died is because of his major flaw of trusting people too much. “It is this division of thought that makes both Brutus and Cassius see Caesar as dangerous, though Cassius himself suffers no inward division, since he does not see”(Knight 124).
The gods use their insight to affect Oedipus’ life, family and city. Although the gods do not initially favor Oedipus, his kingdom sees him as a noble ruler. Oedipus’ pride prevents him from seeing the truth and this leads to his great fall. His pride forces him to kill his father because he refuses to pay a toll and give up the right of way. Oedipus is so blinded by his pride that he can not accept the fact that he can not avoid his fate placed upon him by the gods.
With regards to ethical appeal, Antony was superior to Brutus because he established c... ... middle of paper ... ... plebeians did not understand Brutus’ intentions to prove that Caesar was killed so that the plebeians would not become “slaves” under Caesar’s potential dictatorship. Even though Brutus initially had the plebeians favor, it was extremely ephemeral and as a result, Brutus’ argument proved to be quite futile. Antony, on the other hand, produced a speech that achieved its’ purpose and gained favor with the plebeians. In the middle of Antony’s speech, they state, “ If thou consider rightly of the matter than Caesar has had great wrong” ( Act 111, scene ii, lines 108-109). As Antony intended, the plebeians realize how gullible they were and agree with him that Caesar’s death was unjustified.
Creon let the power get to his head, leaving him quick tempered and unable to reason with. If Creon tried to apprehend that Antigone honestly thought she was doing the right thing on behalf of her brother he could have steer cleared of the deaths of those closest to him. Though Creon did not intend for any harm to find its way to Haemon or Euridyce, he should have taken in consideration what the consequences might be. Creon knew Haemon and Antigone were in love, but he did not care because he thought she was unjust and had to pay the price. Creon fell from happiness, this trait of this tragic hero was only relevant to the end of the play.
Although a listener that does not know the dead will be envious of anything that surpasses his own powers or knowledge. He gives reasoning for this in the speech by stating, “Mankind are tolerant of the praises of others so long as each hearer thinks he can do as well or nearly as well himself, but, when the speaker rises above him, jealousy is aroused and he begins to be incredulous”. His speech was also meant to be a tribute to the city of Athens and the way of life there. Pericles wanted to convince the people of Athens that their city is worth dying for. To do this he talks about the ancestors and how their land has been passed down from generation to generation.
Death Death is believed to be the end of all and the great equalizer. People accept and reject death for different reasons. “There is conspicuous disagreement about the matter: some people think death is dreadful; other have no objection to death per se, though they may hope their own will be neither premature nor painful.” (Nagel). Which then a question need to be asked is “Is death bad for the one that is in the state of being dead”? Nagel believes that death can be bad for the dead on the assumption that there is no afterlife, death is permanent and you will no longer exist after death.
Achilles being killed is the end of Achilles’ two behavior cycles. The behavior cycle is well known by Ancient Greeks who have followed some of their heroes through the stages of the behavior cycle. One of the heroes that they followed was Achilles. Achilles started his behavior cycle in The Iliad, in the first stage, arete, as a great leader and warrior, and finished his final behavior cycle tragically, with his death. People mainly know The Iliad as the story of the Trojan War, but really, it is an unfortunate story of a well known hero who goes through a behavior cycle.