Hubris: Problem or Solution?

Odysseus doomed his entire crew to 10+ years of suffering and death trying to get home because he said that his victory at Troy was all about him and not about the gods.

Personally, I think it’s a good thing to be confident in yourself but it’s also important to give credit where credit is due. The sea god Poseidon sent a sea worm or a sea snake, depending on which translation you pick up, to kill an oracle who was about to tell the Trojans about the Greeks’ plan to send in their army inside the wooden horse/peace offering.

Odysseus was pleased with himself because he came up with the idea about how to infiltrate the city while Poseidon tied up all the loose ends. In my opinion, both Odysseus and Poseidon won the war but Poseidon didn’t see it that way.

Now, in the Odyssey, Odysseus was punished for his hubris. Will that be the case with your character? Or characters? Is hubris the flaw or the personality trait that resolves the conflict in your plot?

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Jessica Halsey was born in Arkansas and has lived most of her life in the United States and Panama. She earned a BA in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Would you like to know more?
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2 Responses to Hubris: Problem or Solution?

  1. Rio says:

    I don’t know if any are you are Walking Dead fans but Rick Grimmes’ story arc is very similar to Odysseus right now and hubris might be a good description of his fatal flaw!

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