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Myth essay

  • Due on?
  • Values and beliefs
  • Heroic deeds—Orpheus tries to rescue Eurydice,
  • Bellerphon slays the Chimera
  • Perseus rescues Andromeda, kills Medusa

Sample topic sentence

  • Many of the myths created by the Greeks praise the heroic deeds of individuals.
  • True love is worth dying/fighting for. . .
  • Pyramus and Thisbe
  • Opheus and Eurydice
  • Cupid and Psyche

Sample topic sentence

  • The Greeks believe that true love can defeat any obstacle.
  • There are no happy endings in Greek (love)stories
  • Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Pyramus and Thisbe
  • Phaethon
  • Daedalus
  • Arachne
  • Prometheus and Io
  • Because the Greek’s life was often short and full of hardships, many of their myths have an unhappy ending.
  • Values and beliefs
  • Myths used to teach values/morals
  • Listen to your elders (Phaethon, Daedalus)
  • Think before you speak (Midas, Arachne)
  • Be humble; do not boast or brag (Arachne, Perseus)
  • Do not make rash decisions (Pyramus and Thisbe, Midas)

Sample TS

  • The Greeks use myths to help teach their children valuable life lessons.
  • Positive and negative portrayals of
  • Women (positive=Athena, Psyche, Thisbe)
  • Women (negative= Pandora, Echo, Hera, Psyche, Thisbe)
  • Love (positive) Cupid and Psyche, Pyramus and Thisbe)
  • Love (negative) Cupid and Psyche, Pyramus and Thisbe)

Sample topic sentence positive and negative

  • The myth about Pyramus and Thisbe illustrates that no obstacle can stand in the way of true love.
  • Not all Greek love stories have a happy ending.

Sample topic sentence

  • The Greeks valued creativity, so many myths show creative solutions to obstacles that stand in their way.
  • Greek’s belief about fate
  • You can’t escape your fate( Perseus, Oedipus)

Intro. 2 sentences of general commentary and a thesis statement

  • In Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, because myths are a reflection of the Greek culture, they also give us insight into the Greek’s values and beliefs.
  • TS The Greeks use myths to teach their children important morals or lessons necessary to guide them through life.
  • CD For example, Daedalus’ own child ignores his advice to avoid flying too close to the sun, and as a result, Icarus plummets to his death.
  • CM The Greeks utilize stories or myths to stress the importance of listening to one’s elders.
  • CM Icarus’ death serves as a warning to children to show how dangerous it is to neglect a parent’s words of wisdom.

In addition, another CD needed here—this CD should illustrate a myth that was intended to teach a moral or lesson

  • In addition, another CD needed here—this CD should illustrate a myth that was intended to teach a moral or lesson
  • In addition, another lesson the Greeks teach to their young is the importance of being humble; when Arachne brags about her skill at weaving, foolishly comparing herself to the gods, Minerva punishes her.
  • CM: The Greeks condemn mortals for boasting about their accomplishments, committing the sin of hubris
  • CM: Humility is an important trait to the Greeks.
  • CS needed
  • TS The Greeks hate thoughtlessness or carelessness, so they invented myths to illustrate the dangers of speaking before one thinks.
  • For instance, Midas carelessly asks for everything he touches to turn to gold.
  • CM: Midas asks for a ridiculous gift.
  • CM:
  • CS:
  • CD Also, women are too careless and often cause the downfall of others; the myth about Pandora asserts that she is the reason evil, death, and disease exist in the world today.
  • CM The Greeks view women as the source of misery and suffering.
  • CM Pandora is created by Zeus as a curse to plague mankind, not to help them.

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