The first event was when Briseis, Achilles’ war prize, was taken away from him when Agamemnon had to give up his own war prize, Chryseis, to her father Chryses who was the Priest of Apollo. Achilles was beyond outraged by Agamemnon’s arrogance that he insulted Agamemnon’s capabilities as a leader, and withdrew from the troop. “You drunkard, with eyes like a bitch and heart like a fawn! You never arm yourself with your men…so truly a time will come where Achilles will be missed…” (Homer 15). Achilles’ hot temper is an example of his reaction to being dishonored.
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. Brutus, lost in his decision, killed Caesar with many others. He was easily lured into Cassius’s evil doings. Cassius is perceived as the leader of the killing, but Brutus does not listen to his so called “leader.” Although Cassius was not f... ... middle of paper ... ...r not. Brutus had a tied heart and went with what his mind was telling him half the time.
Why Agamemnon believe that he has the right to claim Achilles prize and Achilles believe that he has the right to possess his prize? Why Achilles reasoning different from Agamemnon: If you understand the conflict between both men Agamemnon and Achilles you will notice that Agamemnon plunder (Chryesis) was return to her father (Chryses) as a result of the plague Apollo imposed on the Greek because Chryeses the father of Chryesis prayed to Apollo for plague to fall on the Greek as result of Agamemnon not accepting his ransom and threatening to kill him if he ever lay his eyes on him again. Then he prayed to Apollo saying if he ever pleased him by building a temple, offered him sacrifice of rich thigh pieces of bulls and goat that
Odysseus makes a selfish decision when he wrongfully tells his crew Kirke, "urged that I alone should listen to their song. "(XII; 58-62) when Kirke really said that he should only listen to their deadly song only if he believed it was necessary. This selfish decision could have proved to be dea... ... middle of paper ... ...s not even acknowledge the Gods involvement in the situation. His Hubris gets him into many disagreeable situations that kill his crew and hurt his reputation with the Gods. Odysseus is not a hero because, he is foolish, lacks faithfulness and is consumed by his Hubris and selfishness.
Again, Sophocles illustrates in a chronological demonstration of the happenings of Oedipus’ downfalls. Portraying to be an equal to the gods is his first mistake that leads to a tragic ending. His pride is blinding him from seeing the truth and holding him back from what he really needs to know. Saving the city heightened his pride but also made him stubborn towards certain situations. For instance Oedipus says, “not if I saved the city- what do I care?” (line 503).
if ever any one asks you who put out your ugly eye, tell him your blinder was Odysseus, the conqueror of Troy…’” (Homer 110). Because he tells Polyphemus this information about himself, Odysseus is met with revenge by Poseidon later on. Odysseus’s impulsive attempt at obtaining kleos by severely hurting an enemy later brings revenge upon himself instead of glory, his initial goal. Also, Odysseus’s hubris gets in the way of his journey when he doesn’t tell his men about the danger of Scylla and the fact that she will eat some of the crew when they pass through her part of the ocean. Odysseus narrates, “‘...I took care not to mention Scylla and the peril we could not avoid; I thought they would be likely to leave the oars in a panic…’” (142).
The almost god-like Achilles in a self-centered pursuit, seeks honor only on his own terms. When his pride is hurt, he irrationally turns his back on the traditional idea of honor and abandons those who need him the most. The noble Hector pursues honor not only for himself, but also for his family and city. Only when he is faced with imminent doom does he flee and let his selfish emotions rule him. Achilles more courageous than the loyal Hector, Hector more noble than the prideful Achilles, but in the end, both are honorable heroes in their own light.
Emotions in the Iliad, Emotions today The 'Iliad'; by Homer is a book that deals with many emotional issues. I am going to talk about a few emotional parts of the Iliad and compare them to the emotional life of today. I have chosen a section of the book and will talk about the emotions that come up there. The section that I have chosen to talk about is in book 18 when Achilles is very angry and very sad about Patroclus death. After that he wants revenge by killing hector.
Priam urges Achilles to think of his own father and then pity Priam in his outrageous position, a king "who must put my lips to the hands of the man who has killed my children." Achilles immediately accepts Priam’s appeal and the two weep for their sons, fathers, and friends. This sharing of common grief becomes a bridge back to human sympathy. In an amazing speech Achilles soothes Priam's sorrow by painting a picture of their common misfortune and the inevitable limits of mortality. He reminds Priam that “there is not anything to be gained from grief for his son.” “You will never bring him back,” he says, “sooner you must go through yet another sorrow.” Though Achilles has matured dramatically since the beginning of the Iliad the complexities of his character don't disappear instantly.
He spends so much time persuading the murder that he does not realize that it was him all along. Oedipus hubris personality gets in his way by putting a curse on him and ends up blinding himself because of it. The role of hubris controlled Oedipus fate because he did not listen to Tiresias’ prophecy, avoided Apollo’s prophecy, and he blindly tries to pursue Laius murder without realizing he killed Laius. In the end of the play, Oedipus is seen as a tragic hero who led himself to his tragic down fall because of his excessive pride. When Oedipus realizes his true identity he could not bear the truth and ask Creon to sends him into exile.