Most of the time we tend to talk about the pleasant side of our characters and what they have to offer. Occasionally certain members of the fandom do not like a character for what ever reasons. Sam over the years has done some stupid things without really realizing the consequences of those actions, and sometimes he does. Hubris to me is an UGLY word, which on IMDb frequently comes up and towards one character in particular. Now I don’t see hubris in Sam, and have wanted in the past to discuss this, but for some reason I have bypassed it for another topic. Hubris is an interesting word, which displays several different words within its meaning. So do you think any of our characters display this human trait and if so, please give an example and lets discuss.
After looking up the word I felt some don’t understand what it fully means; so listed below are three different Dictionaries and all three have similar words, with some different entries noted.
Hubris is a Greek word
1. excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
1. pride or arrogance
2. (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc, ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin
Oxford English Dictionary.
- Exsessive Pride or Self-confidence:
- pride or arrogance
- (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc, ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin
= pride, vanity, arrogance, conceit, self-importance, haughtiness, conceitedness,
Now 2 out of the three entries state pride and arrogance where the second doesn’t. Self confidence seems to be a trait in this word which I also get too. I can also see Sam having ambition, that he wants to get the job done, and get his brother back. But what I don’t see in Sam is arrogance? What motivates Sam is saving his brother and saving other lives? Does this make him arrogant?
If on the other hand that his arrogance comes into play where he knew that using the book of the Damned would release the darkness, but he didn’t. He said to Cas that we will deal with any repercussions after the event more or less. So does this put him above the law? Sam is mission orientated does this mean he’s arrogant? Time wasn’t on his side, and taking this into account, I can see WHY Sam rushed into the situation all guns blazing> so does this make him arrogant? Sam to me doesn’t carry the self importance tag I think, because he is taking on a case that doesn’t involve him, it involves saving his brother, or other lives. So he isn’t thinking about himself.
Sam is prideful and takes his job in saving Dean very seriously. He has been a bit bossy with people like Rowena and Cas, because he wants to get the job done, he needs to feel useful and that Dean will think well of him when he comes back home. Dean has praised him in the past, so to me Sam does have a certain level of pride and for Dean’s respect at the end of the day. I also think he never wants to repeat Season 8 and put right what he did on 2 accounts wrong.
Ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin….
Now this one to me from the Collins Dictionary quote, sort of made me think more about Sam’s orders causing Rowena’s downfall. He was primarily using her to transcribe the Book of the Damned spell to free Dean of the Mark of Cain, so was this perhaps arrogance on Sam’s part. Was he so cock sure that her plan would succeed? Had he convinced himself to be so certain her efforts would work out? Does this really mean that Sam is ARROGANT>??
Egotism implies an excessive preoccupation with oneself or with one’s own concerns, usually but not always accompanied by pride or conceit: His egotism blinded him to others’ difficulties. Vanity implies self-admiration and an excessive desire to be admired by others: His vanity was easily flattered.
Is Sam guilty of talking constantly about himself too much? Can we judge this characteristic within him? Is Sam blinded by others, does he block out Dean’s orders for example and do it his own way. YES, I think Sam sometimes does do this, in Paint it Black S10 Dean asks him to burn a journal, and Sam insists it might have clues on the persons character. So Sam doesn’t burn the book. In the car Dean realizes that it was a good idea of his NOT to burn the book? As it did solve the puzzle in how to kill the spirit that she was connected to the painting via her own bones and blood.
I think Sam does own up to Self-Admiration. When he solves a case and in particular when he saves Dean, he is pleased with himself to a degree. It does give him a buzz, and satisfaction that he’s done a good job?
An excess of ambition:
an earnest for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment: caused him to be disliked by his colleagues. 2. the object, state, or result desired or sought after: The crown was his.
I don’t think colleagues dislike Sam, I think sometimes Dean gets cross with Sam when he doesn’t follow his lead. But often as above Sam’s direction is often rewarded with the end of a successful case. Sam strives to find answers, and wants to see a case solved and that is his reward and he I bet feels honored at times that he’s done a good job, but I don’t think this leads to him being ARROGANT>? Sam has never been a person who has boasted about his wealth, and has never really talked about how poor they are either. He just gets on with his life in saving people and hunting things!
self-confidence: noun feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement.
I would say that Sam is confident in his job, he has the ability to research a case, learn about the monster, and find out how to kill it. He also hunts the beast and puts it down. He has certain qualities as a hunter, he is quick, agile, fit, and a good fighter. And he can defend himself most of the time. He is a good judge of finding the solution and an end to the problem.
Had a good read, what do you think about Sam do you think he has Hubris? Jot me a line below, would love to hear from you…
Written and Published: By Bella
Citing Sources: IMDb, Google for word meanings.
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