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Transcript of Theseus
The story reaches it's climax when Theseus slays the minotaur.
Theseus - Main Character, Son to Aegeus, Defeater of the minotaur,
Ariadne - Sister of minotaur, In love with Theseus.
Minotaur - Half-man, half-bull, monster Theseus had to defeat.
Aegeus - Father of Theseus, King of Athens.
Theseus grew up in a town in southern Greece with his mother. His father, Aegeus left a pair of shoes and a sword under a large rock. When Theseus was strong enough to move the rock, he traveled to Athens to prove he was the son of King Aegeus.
While traveling, Theseus had to defeat bandits that the people of Athens feared. Aegeus heard of Theseus and invited him to a banquet with the intention to poison and kill him. At the banquet, Theseus drew his sword and Aegeus recognized it and realized that Theseus was his son.
Theseus still had to prove himself worthy to the citizens by defeating the minotaur. The minotaur was trapped in the labryinth, which was a giant maze maze by Daedalus. Theseus would have gotten lost if it wasn't for Ariadne, a girl who fell in love with Theseus at first sight.
She gave Theseus a golden string to hold onto while going through the labyrinth so he wouldn't get lost. Theseus found the minotaur while he was asleep and beat him to death. King Aegeus, however, had thrown himself into the sea because he thought Theseus was dead. Theseus then became King of Athens.
On page 220 in paragraph three, the word 'wretch' is directed towards a woman. ( "You pitiable wretch," he said, "trying to make me betray my father." ) Wretch means an unfortunate or unhappy person.
The author wanted us to think that Theseus was brave and clever. The way Theseus killed bandits and proved himself worthy many times proved that he was brave and clever. Also, after his death, Athenians built a great tomb for him and declared it as a sanctuary for slaves and other peasants.
We believe Theseus was a good man because he killed many bandits, defeated the minotaur, and talked Hercules out of committing suicide.
The saddest part is when King Aegeus commits suicide because he thinks Theseus died in the labyrinth.
Hamilton, Edith, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. New York: Grand Central Publishing 1969.
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