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What Makes a Society Strong and What Destructs It.

In our readings, we have seen examples of how society can be undermined or destabilized. Among the major causes of such damage are: injustice, lack of respect and responsibility to others, self-interest, abuse of power, conflicts, war and fighting. For example, in Hesiod’s “Thegony”, we can see that Auranos and Cronus were unjust and self-interested leaders, because they only cared about themselves. Auranos was only interested in mating with Gaia. He did not care about his children; therefore...

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Explication of Ulysses

the seas, and he considers himself a model for everyone who wanders and roams the earth. His travels have exposed him to many different types of people and ways of living. They have also exposed him to the "delight of battle" while fighting the Trojan War with his men. Ulysses declares that his travels and encounters have shaped who he is: "I am a part of all that I have met," he says. And it is only when he is traveling that the "margin" of the world that he has not yet traveled shrink and fade...

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The Odyssey: Summary and Analysis

to Athena for hospitality from the Phaeacians, Odysseus sets out for the palace. Analysis: Books 5–6 Our first encounter with Odysseus confirms what we have already learned about him from Menelaus’s and Helen’s accounts of his feats during the Trojan War and what Homer’s audience would already have known: that Odysseus is very cunning and deliberative. The poet takes pains to show him weighing every decision: whether to try landing against the rocky coast of Scheria; whether to rest by the river...

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The Iliad's Ending

Homer's Iliad is commonly understood as an epic about the Trojan War, but its meaning goes deeper than that. The Iliad is not only a story of the evolution of Achilleus' persona, but at times it is an anti-war epic as well. The final book proposes many questions to the reader. Why not end with the killing of Hektor? Most stories of war conclude with the triumphant victory of good over evil, but in the Iliad, the final thoughts are inclined to the mourning of the defeated Hektor, which accentuates...

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The Odyssey Study Guide (Books 1-8)

Agamemnon B. Telemachus Asks About Agamemnon i. Telemachus asks Nestor what happened to Agamemnon ii. Nestor explains what happened between Agamemnon and Aegisthus iii. Agamemnon found Aegisthus, who stayed at home while others went to war, had seduced and married his Agamemnon’s wife Clytemnestra iv. Clytemnestra approves of Aegisthus’s murdering Agamemnon v. Aegisthus would have taken over the kingdom if Orestes (Agamemnon’s son who was exile in Athens) had not killed Aegisthus...

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Beowulf Theme Of Integrity And Honor

injured, he still had the strength to break the fifty-foot dragon in half. He knows that his life has ended, and with it, all the joy of his years on earth. The days are done, death most near. Beowulf then says, "Now I would wish to give my son my war-clothing, if any heir after me, part of my flesh, were granted" (62). Beowulf is saying that if God had granted him a son that he would be the first one to receive his armor and sword. Beowulf is then at peace.” ("Code of Honor in the Epic of Beowulf...

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Achilles In Homer's The Illiad

Though this may seem like the actions of a man that had lost his mind but consider that he is a warrior and has been through ten years of war, he had seen thousands of deaths before this one. This death, specifically of his best friend, makes him act the way he does. Throughout all of The Illiad, not once is Achilles this upset or moved by anyone else’s death, this mean that Virgil had meant to specify and make sure that the reader understands how much Patroklos means to Achilles and how close of...

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Relationships Between Gods & Mortals

conflict or any matter in the “human world”. In the Iliad, each god sits on either the Trojan side or the Achaean side out of favoritism or because a child of theirs belongs to the side they favor. Each god has a duty to a certain side based on which one their child is on or whom they have responsibilities for. The gods that were on the Achaean side are Athena, Hera, Poseidon, and Hermes, and the gods on the Trojan side are Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, and Leto. Throughout the story, the gods have interfered...

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Odyssey Essay

and his fight to get home and through his 20 years away there are many dangers and problems slowing him down to get home to his beloved family. The themes of this epic: are boy must struggle to become a man, soldier must struggle to get home from war, and king must struggle to reclaim a kingdom. In this epic story, there are many characters that show loyalty to Odysseus his friends, family, servants, and even his old dog Argos. They are all loyal but I believe the most loyal was Penelope, she was...

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Athena Role Model

truly hold the authority. To get to the real problem with new mythology we need to first examine the ancient goddess idolized in our society today. Athena is one of the most well known goddesses from ancient Greece. She is Goddess of Wisdom and of War and is a good example of the template used for our modern day female superhero. Often called a feminist goddess, she is described as strong in both her character and body, independent and fierce, wise and rational. The story of Athena’s birth is well...

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