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Greek mythology Essay Examples

Comparing and contrasting Achilles and other warriors

...In conclusion, Achilles was a great warrior, but he was a merciless fighter who killed many Trojan warriors. Achilles shared similar features with other heroes in the epics. These heroes fate was usually predestined and they were mostly sons of gods. They sought advice from their mothers which helped them to develop and gain wisdom. However, an in depth analysis on the character of these heroes depict that there are some differences. Achilles was a violent warrior as compa...

Poseidon

...A mortal woman named Tyro was married to Cretheus (with whom she had one son, Aeson) but loved Enipeus, a river god. She pursued Enipeus, who refused her advances. One day, Poseidon, filled with lust for Tyro, disguised himself as Enipeus, and from their union were born the heroes Pelias and Neleus, twin boys. Poseidon also had an affair with Alope, his granddaughter through Cercyon, his son and King of Eleusis, begetting the Attic hero Hippothoon. Cercyon had his daughter buried alive but Posei...

Antigone

...For example she believes everybody should be buried no matter what they did. In the other hand Creon was person that wanted to follow tradition from the city and God according to him and he was willing to do anything that he thinks should be helpful even punishing his own family. Creon killed his family because they were in favor of Antigone and that is not reason enough because they just were expressing their opinion. To sum up, these universal themes are reflected in the play Antigone. Out of ...

Compare and Contrast: Death of a Salesman & Oedipus

...Tying all these elements together the two main protagonist become the major point of most of the similarities between Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman. Their behavior and personality reflect that of prideful man who hides behind false bravados and confidence in attempts to avoid their problems. Their attempts to avoid the problem lie in the way they handle situations with anger and a feeling as though they were under criticism. All this brings the plays to a full circle, having the two m...

Helen of Troy allusion from Romeo and Juliet

...Helen of Troy is sometimes referred to the face that launched a thousand ships. Helen of Troy was said to be the daughter of Zeus and was kidnapped by Theseus, king of Athens, and Pirithous, king of Larissa because they wanted to make love with the daughter of Zeus before they died. When Helen was older she had thousands of suitors. To pick the suitor Helens father made the suitors all sweat to protect Helen and whoever her husband should be and then created a competition which Menelaus won. Whe...

The Role of Fate in Oedipus Rex

...In the end, as the truth dawns on him, he cries out in acceptance of the superiority of the gods: “It was Apollo, friends, it was Apollo. He brought on these troubles…” Paradoxically, the intervention of the prophecy in Oedipus’ life also becomes a reason for his downfall. Had the Oracle of Delphi told him clearly that Polybus and Merope were not his real parents, Oedipus might have suspected that the woman he was marrying could be his real mother. By keeping him in the dark about his pa...

Ancient Greek Music

...He begged hades to let him have Eurydice back and Hades said “yes, but on one condition, on the way back up you must not look back at Eurydice or she will be stuck in hell forever.” Orpheus agreed. On the way back he did not look back, even though he desperately wanted to. They were just at the mouth of the living world and Orpheus stepped out, happy that they had made it. He looked back to share this moment with Eurydice but she was still in the land of the dead and was instantly dragged ba...

Hamartia with Respect to Oedipus in the Play ''Oedipus Rex''

...The tragedy of Oedipus is his pride in his nobility and ability to a certain extent, had he not tried to avoid the divine oracle, he would have remained in Corinth and the oracle may never have been fulfilled .Had he not been prideful and rash in his actions, he would not have slayed Laius out of wounded pride. He is full of self –confidence that makes him blunder consistently. “I am a child of Fortune, the giver of good and I shall not be shamed …Born thus, I ask to be no other man than w...

Mythological Companies: Gillette Venus

...Their catchphrase is “Find the goddess in you.”, urging women to find the confidence in their inner goddess. Gillette Venus works with powerful female celebrities, in their fundraisers and programs. Gillette Venus has it own fund called the 'Venus fund for education', helping young women get into colleges with scholarships. The 'Venus fund for education' works with many celebrities, including their spokesperson Jennifer Lopez. Gillette Venus works hard to show women young and old, that ther...

Classical Hero's vs Contemporary Hero's

...By far, the most similar part of both Superman and Achilles is their single weakness. The only thing that can kill Superman is Kryptonite, making him invincible to any force that man can throw at him. However that single weakness is exploited and almost kills him, but being a modern superhero, he survives the nearly fatal encounter with Bizzaro. On the other hand, Achilles has a single weak spot, which is his heel, where his mother held him when dipping him in the River Styx. Their single weakne...

Impact of Greek Mythology on Western Culture

...Great writers such as Dante, Shakespeare and Milton make frequent references to Greek mythology, so much so that an understanding of Greek myths is necessary to truly appreciate their works. American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Tanglewood Tales is a collection of rewritten Greek myths. Science and Greek Mythology Greek mythology 's impact on modern societies can be seen on any clear night. Many constellations are named after characters or monsters from Greek myths, including Cassiopeia, Androm...

Dramatic Irony in Oedipus the King

...The final example of dramatic irony is the fortune-teller’s prophecy. In the beginning of the play, Laius and Jocasta have to make an important decision about whether or not to kill their son in order to save Laius’s life. The fortune-teller has delivered a prophecy to the couple which said their son will grow up to kill his father and marry to his mother. Thus, they pierce his ankles together and give him to a shepherd who is ordered to kill the child. Instead of killing him, the shepherd g...

Play Critique

...The costume design for this play was also another challenge to create I saw. The play tended to jump a couple centuries at a time with leads to vastly different wardrobe changes. Like in the beginning they were wearing very basic white sheets, yet underneath you could notice the other layers they would be needing for later. The sound however was probably the biggest drawback for this play. Maybe it’s because the speakers aren’t the greatest but it seemed at times the special effect sounds we...

The similarities between greek and indian mythology

...There are many other similarities between the various mythologies in the world. It is not possible to cover all of them under the realms of a single essay. But it is infinitely fascinating to learn more and more about them as they shows us how similar we all are, even though we have different cultures and are from different civilizations. The Greek and Indian civilizations are one of the oldest civilizations however it is an established fact that there was never any contact between the two cultu...

A POSITION PAPER ON SOPHOCLES’ OEDIPUS REX

... On the other hand, light signifies the latter part of the play where in, slowly, every single thing turns to be a much clearer that it is in the earlier part. It is when the vagueness of the story started to diminish, having a brighter view of prediction of what will happen next. In the end, it is really true that no secret can be kept forever. Oedipus is indeed a very intelligent king, that as he received the responsibility of being the King Fig. 3 Blind Oedipus embraces Antigone and ...

Difference in Hercules and Spiderman

...Theseus is implying that that Hercules should be strong and wait for death because, “… he rejected the idea that a man could be guilty of a murder when he had not known what he was doing” (Hamilton 170). And so Hercules went on to his cousin Eurystheus and there his cousin gave him twelve tasks that he must perform in order to achieve death. As Hercules performs this action, he almost accomplishes them with ease and after finishing all of the tasks no death had been brought upon him so he ...

Analysis of Troy: Film

...While there may also be evidence to support much of what Homer wrote about, the movie in itself creates a different illusion. The time, places, and people were either out of date nor not even involved in some cases. However, the actors portrayed what Homer described perfectly. Achilles was very strong and considered immortal, Hector was the bravest and modest leader of Troy under the Rule of Priam. Helen was extremely magnificently beautiful while Paris was naïve and weak. All of the characters...

Mythology: Edith Hamilton Archetypes

...In the myth, fire is a reoccurring element. It first shows up when Signy’s children and husband are being burned and she allows herself to burn to death. It pops up again Brinhild’s couch is surrounded with fire, a task for Sigurd to save her from. And again when Gudrun kills herself and prays to be laid on her husbands funeral pyre. So as you can see, fire is very much linked to life, rebirth, and death. Rebirth and death in the first scenario, birth of opportunities and love in the second...

The religious beliefs and practices of Athens, Greece compared to the Gupta Empire

...However, much unlike the Hindu gods who serve to teach lesson, and represent all that can be right, the Greek gods possessed human traits; they were capable of unkindness, jealousy, anger, and they frequently fought amongst themselves. (Munn) Some more taboo subjects in other cultures and religions are very casual things in Greek and Hindu religions. (Johnson 1-20) Homosexuality, for example, is not resented in the Hindu religion and while it’s not overly accepted in either, people are not tre...

Ancient Greek Deities and Their Human Characteristics

...They acted in very human ways, although the "lightning bolt" of Zeus could not be defended against. Their stories relay their human like personalities. They would get angry over insults made by their subjects (Athena); they let their lusts carry them away (Aphrodite, and Zeus); they engage in petty feuds with one another (Aphrodite, Athena, Hera). Moreover, the Greek gods appear to humans and mingle with them, helping or hindering them and at times, making love with them. The Olympic Gods had th...

Explain the purpose of the main characters, minor characters and the chorus in Antigone. (30 marks)

...All-conquering sleep cannot master it" which shows that he will not defeat the gods, and will be kept alive after all of his family are gone as a punishment for attempting to defy the gods and not burying the body. Overall, I believe that both the main and minor characters are very important in the development of themes and morals in the play as they show right and wrong, and the consequences that you may face if you disobey the gods, yet also clearly show the consequences of disobeying the law....

Odyssey/Siren Song

...Imagery is used in both of the texts to portray the Sirens as beautiful women. For example, from Homer’s first-person point of view, they have “honeyed [and] ravishing voices,” and from Atwood’s first-person point of view, the Siren speaks of the trio as “picturesque” and “mythical.” The Siren that is speaking in Atwood’s poem refers to her trip as “feathery maniacs.” The imagery in this poem makes you pick up a subtle tone that the Sirens are like temptresses. They reel in...

Analysis of "The Shield of Achilles"

...The poet has used a method of flashback to emphasize the deplorable condition of the modern human society. Whenever Thetis looks over ‘his shoulder’ Auden gives us a glimpse of the beauty of the past by mentioning what she expects to see and what gruesome sights unfold before her. The poem shows a contrast between the ancient world of real heroes and the modern world of debasement. The poet W. H. Auden thus uses the shield of Achilles as a subject but all the beautiful descriptions of Homer ...

Canova's "Perseus with Head of Medusa"

...Perseus stands rigidly, looking at the head of Medusa. His expression is unchanged. One leg bends toward her head, but it does so in a rigid, uncomfortable manner. He holds his sword out on his right, and her head on his left. Fabric is draped unnaturally off his left arm and it falls to the floor behind him. He has the ideal body, with perfectly sculpted and toned muscles. Perseus is naked, save a pair of very decorative and ornate sandals. His body is in a curve, with his spine. He appears to ...

Divine intervention dealing with Greek myths

...The goddess Athena is definitely a dominant figure, accepting no authority except perhaps Zeus. When thinking of this outstanding goddess, one thinks of her relationships and extensive contact with many mortals. The Greeks favored her because she was a woman goddess of rare quality. Women were never protrayed with the masculine characteristics of Athena, such as her need for dominance and passion for war. This makes her more appealing and puts her in a class above all the rest. By reading both t...

Mortal Law Verses Divine Law

...Everyone can identify with Antigone's attitude because all people have their own set of "higher laws" or moral values. These values have changed over time. Different people from different times and different cultures are obviously going to have varying views. In the days when everyone had the same value system because they were all the same religion, these values were reflected in the laws. As people progressed, they separated into different religions and beliefs so the laws changed with them, b...

The Odysseus (movie review)

...Some of the bloodiest scenes I've ever seen occur in this movie. Bodies being gobbled up by hungry sea creature and blood splattering on a wooden deck or a Cyclops tearing a body apart to devour it, wasn't horrific yet disturbing. Because it happens during the daytime, the effect is not as intense. I would recommend this movie to those who like Greek Mythology or who want to have a visual reference in your mind when ready or listening to the translation of The Odyssey by Homer. The ending of the...

Relationships between Gods and Mortals in The Odyssey

...The Ancient Greeks obviously had relationships with the gods they worshipped in a variety of forms. Not only did some have relationships where their respect was rewarded but others were not so lucky. Others had relationships where the gods were practically indifferent toward them. These mortals took matters into their own hands. But there are also the really unlucky ones, the mortals who had relationships with gods where the gods would actually intervene in their lives negatively. Homer's The Od...

Oedipus the King- Metaphors

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Achilles as the Anti-Hero in Homer's "Iliad"

...The Iliad is the story of Achilles' fury, but Homer's attempts to show character development and maturity fail, and what is left is a broken shell of a man who chooses to die on the battlefield rather than marry, settle down, and be content with himself. Achilles' feeble attempt to show compassion for Hector's father, Priam, is an act that is spawned only by the threats and commands of the gods. If Achilles had made the decision by his own free will to do an act of decency, perhaps then some sy...

Antigone Tragic Hero Essay

...A semi-modern example of this can be seen in World War II where the soldiers had to decide between their morals or the decision of the state in the s of the Jews. The third and final central theme is the position of woman. This is brought up several times in Antigone. Creon feels that woman are subordinate to men and should never be placed as high as men. This is also evident in present times because even now women do not have the same opportunities as men do although women have come a long way...

Criteria for Heroes

...Between Achilles and Hector, Hector was the better choice for the title of hero, he was respectful of authority, humble about his success, and was very levelheaded. Achilles had great fighting skill as well. However, he had trouble respecting authority and keeping his cool, both results of his excessive pride. If Achilles had not been so prideful, he could have been a much greater warrior and hero, perhaps achieving status equal to the gods. He simply had too much pride. As desired, Gilgamesh le...

The fate of Oedipus and Pentheus

...The line "No, no, Mother! I am Pentheus" shows the in depth of request and pleadings that Pentheus does to his mother in order to not punish him with death. The words "i have done a wrong" tells us that he realizes his mistake and is pretty aware of the consequences of his actions and thus wants to some how escape from the terrible fate gifted to him by Dionysus. Thus, the above illustrations clearly signify the difference between the situations of Oedipus and Pentheus and the way they react to ...

Antigone: Beliefs, Opinions, and Moral Views

...Creon had to weigh each factor carefully, and had to decide between his morals and his beliefs. He was torn, trying to choose what was just. "... Oh it is hard to give in! But it is worse to risk everything for stubborn pride." The conflict of beliefs was what led to Antigone's, Haimon's, and Megareus' death. Both sides were just, but Creon was forced to decide and determine right from wrong when there was no clear answer. In the end, the Chorus' opinion was the determining factor and they convi...

William Blake's "The Tyger"

...He did many wonderful things with his powers, but just as many horrible and hateful things. The tiger, and all that he represents in this poem does the same. In addition, Hephaestus was also misjudged by those around him. This idea of prejudice is very prevalent in human society, we judge the tiger as well as anything else that appears ominous. Blake's concept of the tiger in this poem is very much like the idea of yin and yang. The good has a little bit of bad, and the bad has a little bit of b...

Loss Of Innocence Essay (Grade Ten Advanced Placement, Non-Revised Version)

...Although the loss of innocence may not be a large change, it defines the difference between youth and adult, a concept that has been prominent in our society since it’s very creation. Children, the innocent, are educated in schools and raised by parents so they can one day become experienced. Upon a closer look at the loss of innocence archetype in literature, we may begin to draw parallels from the innocence, life-changing events, and experience of those within stories with our own. Although ...

Oedipus The King

...The content of this play regarding time is that the time wasn't very specific, but it does say that Sophocles lived from 496-406 BC. The place on the other hand is very specific, it introduces you saying: "The royal house of Thebes. Double doors dominate the facade, a stone altar stands at the center of the stage. Many years have passed since Oedipus has solved the riddle of the Sphinx and ascended the throne of Thebes, and now a plague has struck the city. A procession of priests enters"¦"(Sop...

Antigone Mock Trial

...brochure using Microsoft Publisher reporting Antigone’s crime. Be sure to include a name for your brochure, a large & catchy headline, articles, and relevant pictures. On Trial Listen attentively to all testimonies & statements given. Take notes (see attached). You must have these in order to create a final verdict of guilty or not guilty and your explanation. After the trial, meet & vote with your fellow jurors to decide what verdict you will submit to the judge (Guilty or Not Gui...

The Rage Of Achilles

...It was perhaps never Homers intention to sport Achilles as a hero to be imitated or to inspire generations of men to greatness but instead as a cautionary reminder of how we can become if we indulge our frustration with living in a world out of our control and forget our bonds of humanity and fellowship. In this capacity, Homer’s Achilles does become a useful educational tool for compelling us to remember how the mighty are fallen and how we might evade such a corruption of character ourselves...


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❓ Ransom: What Defines a Man

...Compassion and love are the human traits that prevent Achilles and Priam from acting purely as is appropriate to their roles as leaders of their people. It is therefore their emotional connections that define them as not just King of Troy and ‘Achi ...

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