The Embodiment Of Hubris Was Summarized By Aristotle As

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The embodiment of hubris was summarized by Aristotle as “the man who is incapable of working in common, or who in his self-sufficiency has no need of others, is no part of the community, like a beast or a god.” Aristotle remarks that the burden of self-dependence is a curse to those who possess it, resulting in an urge to gain approval and merit for your actions. The man who thinks he doesn’t require any help or support lives a lonely and secluded life due to the supremacy he exhibits. In short, his life becomes ambivalent; Individuals who have been bestowed with the gifts of god 's secure glory and honor that will surpass their time, yet fail to see their accomplishments eternalise due to the short life generally associated with such…show more content…
Now clear out of here before you make me angry!” (Homer; line 34-40). Instead of acting as “the common man” and giving Chryses respect, Agamemnon 's heroic code to his throne clouds his moral judgement, and leads him to believe he can treat anyone-even those who do good will for the people-however he may please. Ultimately, his pride to his throne manifests in his moral obligation, thus disconnecting him with the plight of those beneath him Agamemnon 's struggle with moral obligations does not stop at his throne room, but instead overshadows all of Greece, thus inciting conflict with Achilles. Agamemnon faces consequence in the form of a plague sent by Apollo on the Achaeans, leading Achaean chieftains to plead Agamemnon for the return of Chryses daughter as they realise it is her suffering that is causing the horrible death of their people. Agamemnon 's arrogance leads him to refuse the girls return until he receives one of the other chieftains war prizes in her place. Releasing his war prize while those below him keep theirs will mean he is accepting something lower than his heroic code. He verbalises this as. “I don’t want to see the army destroyed like this. But I want another prize for me right away. I’m not going to be the only Greek without a prize. It wouldn’t be right.” (Homer; line 125-129). When Achilles, the great Greek warrior, speaks on behalf of the

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