Hubris is when one holds excessive pride or self-confidence. This Essay will be exploring the theme of hubris held by four different characters from four different texts. Ozymandias, by Percy Shelley, Gossip Girl, directed by Cecily von Ziegesar, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare and Lord of the Flies, By William Golding.
Hubris is communicated strongly to the reader in the poem ‘Ozymandias’ written by Percy Shelley. Shelley uses a quotation engraved on a pedestal of Ozymandias stating: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’. Hubris is extensive pride or self-confidence and is communicated through Ozymandias’ quote as he is saying he is the ‘king of kings’, saying that he rules all that rule. We can see from this he was a confident leader, with great belief in himself. He was a hubris man. He is calling all others to look on at his ‘mighty’ creations in despair. He is claiming his works are great and deserve to be recognised, again showing he is hubris and holds a great deal of confidence.
In the text ‘Gossip Girl’ directed by Cecily von Ziegesar, hubris is communicated strongly to the audience through the character Blair Waldorf. She is the ‘it’ girl of her Upper East Side Manhattan College, and like Ozymandias, believes she rules all. “Once again the world has proven anything you can do, I can do better” is a quote that shows Blair’s personality and her strong sense of hubris. She believes she can do anything better than any other human being and is there for supreme to her pairs. Just as Ozymandias believes his creations are mighty, Blair believes she can do anything better than anyone else.