Morality is a human creation, and though the gods may approve of it, they are not bound by it. Homer developed his gods as literary characters; similar to Homeric mortals, the gods are laden with character flaws. They are driven to action by their desire to preserve their reputation; moreover, their constant interventions with the mortals cast them in the role of malicious puppeteers. In the Iliad, Homers gods are just as jealous of their reputation as his heroes; and although the gods constantly intervene with the mortals lives, they are constrained to never interrupt the fate of the Homeric mortals.
Monday, September 9, 2002
HLI113FB Western Literature I
As per modern scholars, a Homeric Hero is a man of extraordinary character and position whose historic significance transcends time and space. In Homers Iliad, two prominent characters are distinguished as such. Although Hector and Achilles are both defined as Homeric Heroes, they express the attributes of strength, determination, courage, and moral responsibility in very different ways.
From the very beginning of the poem, the character Achilles is one of the major foci of the story. His actions of lack of actions have enormous effects upon how the plot unfolds. Starting with the fight with Agamemnon and his withdrawal from the battle, to the death of Patroklos, and finally to the slaying of Hektor, Achilles and his emotions decide the fate of many Greek and Trojan warriors. It is his struggle against his anger, pride, loyalty, and love that make this poem one of a tragic nature, rather than just a gruesome account of a war. Although the reputation of Achilles claims him to be the perfect warrior, strongest of the Greeks, the poem spends more time on the man than on his reputation. I think the most obvious presentation of this occurs in the final book and is consistent with the character earlier in the poem.
In the book, This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger, the main character as well as the protagonist, Aurora Borealis Williams, has many various characteristics as her environment changes. As a fifteen year old, Aurora progresses through her life and she experiences many changes, including moving to the moon and leaving all of her friends behind. Throughout the whole novel, Aurora exhibits many distinct personality traits and feelings unique to herself. We could see how she reacts to different situations and the way(s) she uses to solve them or cope with them. Some personality traits, including irresponsibility, show how she lacks in responsibility and doesnt do things she is supposed to do. Other personalities, like being caring and generous, show Auroras good and understanding side. The different perspectives of Auroras personality traits are compared and contrasted throughout this serious as well as amusing essay.
There are many contrasting thoughts, feelings, and attitudes in the poem Night written by William Blake, as well as in many of his other poetry works. The poem Night is mainly about the poet saying farewell to daytime and describing the angels who watch over everyone during the nighttime. Many things influencing the poet can affect how the poetry is written and what feelings are expressed depending on the situation. In this poem, the figurative language is abundant and can mean many things or be interpreted differently. In addition, the theme of the poem involves the poet getting across the most important lesson that First though, finding out about a poets life and times can make it easier to understand why he/she wrote the poem and what the whole point is.