Mr. Greg Dawson
English I - Block C
May 12, 2014
The Damages in Pride
According to Merriam-Webster, pride means the feeling of self-respect, the worthiness of commendation by the other people and the satisfaction gained from one's achievement. Pride seems to have a fairly good attribute; however, it can mislead people to become arrogant or hubristic. A person with an excessive amount of pride only cares about what they think will make them the best; it could overpower their logic and overemphasize emotions.
For most people, pride can sometimes hold them back from receiving help or listening to the others In Mythology by Edith Hamilton, Hercules is the strongest and possesses the finest qualities all Greeks desire. Not only does he play an important role in helping the Gods defeat the Giants but he also threatens the Gods, such as shooting an arrow to the sun because it is too hot.
Therefore, he puts himself equal to the Olympians. However, the supreme-confidence has kept him from accepting that he deserves to be punished for killing King Eurytus's son, which eventually leads to the collapse of his family and the his death. While at war with the King, among the captives there is a beautiful girl named Iole. Feeling threatened, his wife rubs some of the Centaur's poisonous blood on to Hercules's robe, which causes him to die in agony and pride has left him.
Even though pride is the quality of being proud of one's self, someone with an excessive pride might think they are the center of the universe and often focus on superficial objects. This can be portrayed through a person's verbal communications, actions and behaviour. In The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant, Madame Mathilde shows desire for insignificant things. She thinks that she deserves...