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Athene and Arachne

An analysis of the Greek myth.
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Sophie B

on 23 October 2012

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Athene
and
Arachne An Analysis By Eryn Ford, Anitha Szabo, and Sophie Baremberg Summary The Main
Characters

The hero of this story could be either Arachne or Athene.

Arachne recognizes her own talent and decides to challenge Athene, the creator of weaving and the accepted master of that art. When she challenges Athene, Arachne does so both literally and figuratively because Athene's self-proclaimed title as the master of weaving hangs in the balance. Arachne is rebelling against the oppressive control that Athene has over the domain of weaving just because she is a goddess. She is attempting to demonstrate that mortals should be allowed to compete with the gods to discover who truly has the superiour ability, instead of the gods automatically claiming predominance and forcing others to accept it. The fact that the gods do not often accept challeanges from mortals shws that they fear the possibility that they might be beaten.

Athene turns Arachne into a spider to warn others against being too prideful. She uses Arachne's curse to keep others from overestimating their abilities and subsequently proposing challenges that they will be unable to win. If your pride becomes so blinding that you cannot compare your abilities to those of others without distorting them, it will lead to loss. Sometimes these losses could be of more than just self-confidence, as Athene's example shows. Athene could be a hero because she is trying to keep others from making the same mistakes as Arachne.

So, depending on your opinion, the hero could be either the prideful weaver Arachne or the powerful goddess Athene.

-Literal: The myth explains the existence of spiders (Arachne was transformed into a spider by Athene), the origins of weaving by humans (Athene invented it and taught it to the women of Greece), and why spiders spin webs (Athene cursed Arachne to continue to weave for the rest of her life but not by her own will, by the will of the gods).

- Figurative: Why modesty is viewed as more desirable than pride and why it is dangerous to challenge those who are superiour to you. What This Myth Reveals About the Greeks - In the myth, it was said that as proud Arachne was, being a true artist, she had recognized that Athene's work was superior to her own. Today, artists are always learning and improving, indentifying their strengths and weaknesses, as well as making the same observations of the work of others, and the same goes for any other field of expertise- be it sports or math or anything in between. Setting Conclusion The main characters of this myth are both introduced in the title- Athene, goddess of wisdom, and Arachne, an overly proud young woman with a talent in weaving. They are the main characters because they are the characters that the story focuses on, and the story explains the events that happened between them, such as their competition and Arachne's transformation. Athene Athene, the second most powerful goddess of Mount Olympus watched over humans for their safety and prosperity. Though she promoted peace, she would help those whose country was attacked fight back. She didn't carry any weapons and only went into war armored: she wore a helmet, breastplate and the aegis, the shield that would protect anyone behind it. It was Athene who introduced many useful arts to the people to enhance their lifestyle. Athene demonstrated an unearthly artistic capability when she outdid Arachne, however, she also had the idea to use Arachne as an example to others who would get the idea of being greater than gods into their heads: turning the girl into a spider. Arachne Arachne is the maiden whose skill in the arts of needlework was unparalleled by any other woman in Greece: her work was a true wonder to behold! Her biggest personality problem was her swollen sense of pride, which easily overwhelmed her virtuous talent, and paired with her confidence
even before Athene, it was the recipe to her own
undoing. Introducing... Athene and Arachne A Greek myth passed on from generation to generation. This myth takes place in a town in Ancient Greece named Lydia. It takes place during ancient times when women were taught how
to sew and weave, among other household skills, to be able to care for their families. A map of Ancient Greece showing Lydia A picture of the Ancient Greek ruins Sources http://www.greek-gods.info/greek-gods/athena/stories/athena-arachne/
http://www.depleti.com/ Athene and Arachne of Connections Between Ancient Greek and Present Day Views It is quite clear that Arachne's pride was one of the factors contributing to her transformation in the end, but it's true that many recognize this as a sin and even a weakness, changing the way we see things, and preventing us from associating with people who we think are under us, when they can turn out to be interesting and beneficial to know. In other words, we are cutting off ties before we make them, not to mention pulling ourselves down because what we think of our own capabilities becomes very off. Athene used Arachne as an example to others who might get a big head in the future, to warn them what their fate would be if they acted like Arachne. Storytelling is one way to do this, since many myths, legends, fairytales and fables are used to set examples that people make in life, and are warning to those who know them. Another way this is done is if a child is badly behaved, their punishment often goes as a silent warning for others to not immitate that individual. : Arachne was obsessed and extremely proud of her weaving, and when defeated by Athene, she wanted to die because the biggest accomplishment in her life, the title of best weaver and spinner, was gone and it was even rubbed in her face by being turned into a spider so she would have to spin a web to stay alive. This shows we need balance to our lives. We cannot live being centered around one thing, like ownership of objects and achievements, school, or friends. Everything has to be balanced out, but there are negative effects when we remain centered around one thing in our lives. Acknowledgement as an expert Setting an example as warning and learning from others' mistakes: Pride is a sin- Balancing our lives Heroes of the Story -Do not challenge your superior

-Do not be too proud/boastful

-Do not overestimate your abilities

-Remember that there will always be others who are more skilled than you

-Do not try to compare yourself to others, through competition or otherwise

-Heed the advice of those around you

-Overconfidence is dangerous

-Learn from the mistakes of others What This Myth Explains A drawing of Athene A drawing of Arachne
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