Identify patterns of hubris in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and the Bible

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Identifying hubristic patterns in a selected reading could possibly be more of a topic of opinion than definite hubris itself. The definition of hubris is: excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance-therefore, declaring what hubris is and what it isn't, is truly based more on a matter of the perception of the writer who is empathizing hubris within the reading. In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and the Bible, many examples of hubristic actions can be found intrinsically within their texts, and these actions would widely be regarded as hubris to many others.

On page 16 of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, an example of hubris is apparent after the Yankee discovers what year he is in when he says, "…for I judged I would have the start of the best-educated man in the kingdom by a matter of thirteen hundred years and upward."

When he says this, he already establishes to the reader that because he is in the year 528, his sense of excessive self-confidence makes the Yankee believe he is Einstein compared to these primitive sixth century people. Another way Hank Morgan shows hubristic traits is exemplified on page 399 when he says, "You see, I had two schemes in my head which were the vastest of all my projects. The one was to overthrow the Catholic Church and set up the Protestant faith on its ruins…" This is a prime example of hubris in the novel, as well as a huge problem regarding the contemporary hubristic mindset many people posses in our society today. When Hank Morgan says this, he shows a sense of complete arrogance and intolerance pertaining to religious beliefs. To say that your religion is right and all others are completely incorrect should be the definition of...