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Theseus and the Minotaur vs. The Hunger Games
Transcript of Theseus and the Minotaur vs. The Hunger Games
By Alison Song and Zoe Gordiyenko
How does the book, “The Hunger Games” compare to the Ancient Greek myth of “Theseus and the Minotaur”?
In this PowerPoint, we are going to compare the Ancient Greek myth with the modern book of “The Hunger Games”.
King Minos was one of the three sons of Zeus, and when he grew up he married a beautiful woman named Pasiphae.
He was very happy and one day he wanted to prove his loyalty to the gods, so he let them send him a gift for him to slaughter and present to the gods.
The White Bull
The revenge had come. Aphrodite made Minos’ beloved Pasiphae, fall in love with the bull. Terrified, but unable to fight Aphrodite’s power she confided in a blacksmith named Daedalus, who built her a wooden bull for her to spend time with the bull.
After every tribute was chosen, they got thrown into a twisting, tunneling maze created by the clever fingers of Daedalus, the loyal blacksmith, where the Minotaur was housed.
Soon the Minotaur would feast on them, and the people of Athens were hopeless for many years.
His tribute finally came, and the beautiful young white bull came towards him, emerging from the peaceful valley.
It was so young and pure that he could not stand to kill it. The gods were angry at his disobedience. They plotted revenge against the arrogant King Minos.
Pasiphae finally gave birth to a monstrous creature, courtesy of the gods, which was half man and half bull called the Minotaur.
Every nine years, the minotaur feasted himself on seven young men and seven young maidens from Athens, which were King Minos’ orders.
Until one day, a brave young hero named Theseus, stepped up as volunteer for the deed of killing the monstrous Minotaur.
He was the adopted son of King Aegeus, the ruler of Athens, and he was actually the son of Poseidon, the powerful god of the Sea. As he set off for the mission in a huge ship, his father asked him to put up a white sail if he survived and a black sail if he didn’t.
But without any help, he was as in danger as any other. King Minos’ daughter had fallen in love with the brave Theseus and she offered him some help. She had said that if he made him her wife, she would help him in the labyrinth. So he agreed. He would take a special ball of yarn into the maze and follow it on the way out.
They bid each other goodbye as he finally entered the maze.
The Hunger Games
President Snow vs. King Minos
Ariadne vs. Peeta
Theseus vs. Katniss
The Black Sail
As Theseus bravely stepped into the Labyrinth, he started navigating his way towards the Minotaur, unraveling the ball of yarn. He finally reached the center, where the Minotaur was sleeping. It suddenly arose and fought with Theseus. He was powerful, but Theseus kept on fighting. When the Minotaur finally collapsed in a heap, dead, he followed the yarn back to the entrance and saved the youths from certain doom as they boarded the ship.
These games were created by President Snow to show how much control he had over the districts and to keep them in line after the failed uprising. Each year, in each district, one girl and one boy, between the ages of 12-18, got picked out of a reaping ball, each of their names on a slip of paper. Then they were thrown into an arena and they had to fight to the death with each other, and there could only be one survivor.
They were just about to leave the fearful island when Theseus was faced with yet one more problem. Ariadne loved him. But it was fake love and he felt it wasn’t true. So they all boarded the ship, a plan brewing in Theseus’ mind. Theseus stopped the ship at the island Naxos, and he left Ariadne on the island and left. When they went back, Theseus felt guilty so he pulled up a black sail. King Aegeus saw that his beloved son had "died" and he jumped into the river, drowning himself.
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"Ariadne." World Book Student. World Book, 2015. Web. 8 June 2015.
6. Theseus, World Book Student:
Hansen, William F. "Theseus." World Book Student. World Book, 2015. Web. 8 June 2015.
7. Labyrinth, World Book Student:
Hansen, William F. "Labyrinth." World Book Student. World Book, 2015. Web. 8 June 2015.
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Glenn, Justin M. "Minos." World Book Student. World Book, 2015. Web. 8 June 2015.
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Egan, Kate. The Hunger Games: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion. New York, NY: Scholastic, 2012. Print.
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Ariadne and Peeta had a lot in common in their separate stories. Both loved brave and smart people that would never give up. Peeta loves Katniss, and Ariande loved Theseus. They each helped their love, Ariande by giving Theseus the golden thread to help him in the maze. Peeta helped Katniss by protecting her in ways that she coudn't understand out of love. But neither of them knew that the love was just for survival.
Theseus and the Minotaur and the Hunger Games are interesting and show many valuable morals and virtues. The stories each present bravery and love in similar ways. The two different yet similar stories show how the modern world sometimes depends on ancient fables or myths for entertainment. The greeks belived in such a story and inspired more to branch off of it. Stories of bravery, of being noble and evil show new ways of adapting a story into something with a same but different concept. It impacts us now because now we know all about the interesting Greek myths made manyyears ago, creating a new generation of literature.
To find out the similarities and differences in the stories we had to study them for useful information. We also used a variety of databases and books, which told us a lot more about all of the characters in the myth, which help us compare the two better.
How Theseus and the Minotaur effected the Hunger Games
Theseus and the Minotaur effected The Hunger Games by giving the author (Suzanne Collins) the idea for the main character to be thrown to a dystopian situation. Also both Theseus and Katniss have someone to help them along their journey. They depend on each other because if it weren't for the Ancient Greek myth, the wonderful series of the Hunger Games wouldn't exist today. The Greek myths help a lot of authors come up with great ideas today to form our new modern books and movies.
Both being dictators of a civilization completely at their disposal, their arrogance got to them, and total domination was their key. Cruel, calculating, they both had a terrible past and wanted to take it out on others.
The Minotaur that Theseus fought.
The Wooden Bull built by Daedalus