But then, Odysseus told the blinded Cyclops his identity by shouting, “Cyclops – if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so- say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye, Laertes’ son who makes his home in Ithaca” (9, 558-562). Hubris allegedly causes great success, but in reality, hubris leads to many mistakes instead. Odysseus carelessly telling Polyphemus all of his personal information through his enormous pride angered Poseidon, Polyphemus’ father, who ended up killing Odysseus’ entire crew and delaying Odysseus for 10 long years. If Odysseus would have suppressed his pride, his crew might have been able to return to Ithaca. But Odysseus’ hubris prevented everyone’s safe arrival back home, and resulted in a lot of suffering for many people.
Not only that, but Apollo’s oracle told Oedipus about his terrible fate that involve his parents to make him move to Thebes. Finally, they send a plague to the Thebans for not punishing the murderer of their king, which results in Oedipus’ exile or execution. Oedipus, the wise king, has never been destroyed by an evil man, but he was totally destroyed by what they call merciful, just gods.
After some arguing, due to his hubris, he kills all the men in the caravan. One of the men in the caravan turned out to be his father, King Laios. Oedipus at the time did not know this. He then entered the city of Thebes and broke the plague of the sphinx by solving its riddle. Because of this he was awarded the recently widowed Queen Iocaste, who is actually his mother.
In his attempt at trying to be the savior of his people, he condemns the man who killed the former king. He wants to punish that man because he is the reason for the plague that is harming his people. He says, "Whoever he was that killed the king may readily wish to dispatch me with his murderous hand; so helping the dead king I help myself." (161-4) What he does not realize is that he is the culprit, the reason for the problem, and because he is going unpunished, the plague had continued. When Oedipus is a young adult, he goes to the oracle of Apollo, who tells him that he will one day kill his father and marry his mother.
When Oedipus was running away from Corinth to end the prophecy he killed four men. Killing is something not condone in the Greek society, especially not killing a king. “[H]earing you just now…makes my thoughts race back and forth….. I think I’ve just called down a dreadful curse upon myself – I simply didn’t know” (pg.1150- 1151). Oedip... ... middle of paper ... ...he people from a terrible creature and by doing this he won over a throne that was rightfully his.
Then the great warrior, Beowulf, a foreigner offered to help rid the town of the monster. In the end, good triumphed over evil as he defeated the monster and returned the city to it’s people. Present in this poem are certain forms of evil. The greatest of these is the descendent of Cain’s evil against his brother Abel. After Cain killed Abel God punished him by exiling him from the kingdom of God.
Odysseus is an honourable man but when he learns about the transgressions that have taken place in his absence, he cannot sit still and do nothing. Meanwhile Antinoos and the suitors feasted in his wealth and his earnings. They disrespected his name by attempting to announce a new king without full evidence of Odysseus's whereabouts. So he plotted out his revenge, and swore to kill every dishonorable man that laid in his palace. His revenge may have been over the top and reckless seeing as he had been gone for 20 years.
When they almost ran him over Oedipus attacked them killing the bodyguards and his father, thinking that they were highway bandits, and by doing so he unwittingly fulfilled the prophecy. When he realizes this he is devastated. This really contributes to the theme, that you cannot escape your past. The fact that he killed a king and his father no less, is a major factor in his exile later in the story. When he discovers that King Laios was his real father he sees that by not running away that he could have prevented this whole catastrophe.
However, Macbeth had the skills of an unqualified king because he was a tyrant that abused his power by killing innocent people, not holding power over the citizens of his kingdom, and by forcing the kingdom-ship under his own power. All three of the kings were honorable and had great military skills. Thesis? Transition word Even Macbeth was a trustworthy and loyal soldier under King Duncan, he was a narcissistic and abusive king that killed Duncan to become the ruler of Scotland. After he became the king, he went around killing anyone that he found a threat to his power.
This hero will reach his height of pride in the story, and in the end the action, which he had committed earlier, will return and destroy this man who was once called a hero. This soon-to-be king solved the riddle of the Sphinx, which had been killing the young men of Thebes as they tried to leave. The people of Thebes respected Oedipus, for he had saved the city from the Sphinx, by answering this riddle. For the removal of this monster he was praised by the city of Thebes and married the newly widowed Queen, Jocasta. Jocastas husband had been murdered by a "group of robbers" (who was actually Oedipus).