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A Journey Through Time: Myths and Legends


Jared Borlagdan

on 24 March 2010

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Transcript of A Journey Through Time: Myths and Legends

A Journey through Time: Myths and Legends
Jared Borlagdan & Andrew Le ELITE FOUR
Niobe (Greek Myth)
Job (Biblical Legend)
Children of Lir (Celtic Myth)
Leir of Britain (British Legend) CHAMPION
King Lear Niobe Niobe was the queen of Thebes, married to Amphion, the king of Thebes. She had fourteen children: seven sons and seven daughters. However, her hubris and arrogance caused her to brag about the number of children she had at a ceremony honoring Leto, a daughter of two Titans. Niobe mocked Leto, who had only two children: Apollo and Artemis. Leto sent Apollo and Artemis to kill all of Niobe's children, and they killed them all in a few minutes. Amphion committed suicide at the sight of his dead sons. After these events, Niobe ran to a mountain in Asia Minor and turned into stone, weeping forever and causing a stream to form from her tears. Job There was a very prosperous man named Job who was extremely faithful to God. One day, God asked Satan what he thought of Job and Satan thought the only reason he was faithful was because he was well-off. So, God allowed Satan to do anything to Job as long as he didn't kill him. Satan did many bad things to him, including killing his children, destroying his house, and giving him disease. However, through all of this, Job was still faithful to God and never cursed his name. He also believed he did not commit a sin that would cause God to do this to him, contrary to the belief of his friends. Eventually, God restored everything Job had and even gave him more due to his unrelentless faith. CHILDREN OF LIR Long ago, a king named Lir was happily married and had four kids: Fionnuala, Aodh, Fiachra, and Conn. When his wife died, his whole family was sad. He eventually married a new woman, Aoife. Aoife was jealous of the children because she believed Lir loved them more than her. So one day, she took them to swim at a lake. While they were swimming, she turned the kids into swans. She told them they would be swans for nine hundred years, spending three hundred years in three different places. The only way they could be turned back was to hear the ring of a Christian bell. One of the kids was able to tell Lir what happened to them, and Lir became very angry and turned Aoife into an ugly moth. Lir eventually died and the kids were sad. When the kids got to their last destination, they were really tired. However, they heard the sound of a Christian bell and were turned back to normal. When they died, a monk buried them together in one grave. Later that night, he had a dream about four swans flying in the sky. This let him know that the kids were reunited with their parents. Leir of Britain Leir was a prehistoric king of the Britons, having been preceded by his father, King Bladud. Leir was unable to have a son to be the male heir to the throne, but he did have three daughters: Cordelia, Goneril, and Regan. As he was approaching his time to die, he wanted to divide the land amongst his three daughters and their husbands. Both Goneril and Regan flattered their father, and were married to two Dukes and given land to rule. Cordelia, originally King Leir's most favored daughter, felt that she did not have to flatter her father in order to show her love to him. She recieved no land to rule and no dowry for her marriage. When Leir grew older, the two Dukes who had married his daughters rebelled and seized the entire kingdom. The Dukes and his daughters had maintained Leir by giving him knights to protect him. Over time, however, his daughters had stripped away the amount of knights to protect their father until only one was left. He became fearful of his two daughters and fled back to Gaul and his other daughter, Cordelia. Being very sick, Cordelia nursed her father back to health. He was then held in high honor in Gaul by its leaders, and those same leaders promised to restore King Leir to his original glory. Leir, Cordelia, and her husband invaded Britain and overthrew the dukes and his two other daughters. Leir ruled for a few years more until he died. Cornelia succeded him and buried her father in a tomb that was next to the river by the city he had built and founded. CONNECTION The revolving theme that connects these particular myths and legends together is the idea of what happens when someone's downfall occurs. Being full of pride and arrogance will make that state permanent, but with strong faith and the support of loved ones, one can return to their original state of prosperity. So... about those Elizabethan people.. The Elizabethan era came after a long period of religious and political turmoil from the Tudors. Many different monarchs throughout this particular era were either Protestant or Catholic, forcing England's religion to change every few years depending on how long the particular monarch was in power. The biggest change during this particular era was when Henry VIII broke from the Roman Catholic Church and set up the Church of England because the Pope wouldn't grant him a divorce. Queen Elizabeth herself was a Protestant, but she did allow Catholic services to be practiced as well. Most English citizens had very strong faith, and were simply willing to die to uphold that particular faith. They would be familiar with Biblical stories like Job's, and they could also relate to stories that contained characters with very strong faith. Also, since the Elizabethan era was the age that literature and the arts flourished, many people who watched Shakespeare's plays would be familiar with stories that were derived from Western societies such as the Greeks or the Celts. Modern Example
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