Athena created the first man out of clay and water with the help of Prometheus. She had the ability to create as well as sustain life through these myths. The great goddess of wisdom, strength and reflection is a symbol of matriarchal strength. Athena represents a pyramid of stability where the base of her warrior instincts, strategy, and aggression flow into her benevolence, skills and eventually her intellect. She is the unifying element between the strength of humanity and natural forces.
Zeus became so upset that he decided to inflict terrible punishment on both man and Prometheus. First in order to punish man, Zeus created a beauty named Pandora. Pandora however was created with deceptive heart and lying tongue. Resorting back to how Prometheus was chained to the rocks to begin with was because of his trick on Zeus. Zeus had his servants force and violence seize Prometheus and take him to Caucasus mountains where Prometheus was chained to a rock with unbreakable chains and was tormented day and night by a giant eagle tearing at his liver.
All heroes must followed the rule because if they did not, they would be punished by the immortals, and would not be recognized as heroes. When Odysseus reach the land of the Cyclops race. Odysseus decided to pick his best men, goods offered as gifts, and headed toward a Cyclops's cave. When his men saw cheese, pens, and lamb on lying on the racks, they pleading to Odysseus, "Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw all the pens, and make a run for it? We'll drive thekids and lambs aboard.
This co... ... middle of paper ... ...ling Medusa. In summary, the Greek Gods and Goddesses interacted with humans mainly for individual gain, and sometimes for divine assistance of heroes. In conclusion, the creation of the Greek Gods and Goddesses by the ancient Greeks are simply a masterpiece of many years of work. With the creation of the Gods came along an array of myths following the great adventures of these Gods. These great adventures also told us much more about the Gods themselves, in ways of how they looked and acted, their powers, and types of interaction.
Regardless of what they have done or thought to have done, they have made an impact on the way man foresees woman. I will discuss three women characters that play a role in the mother archetype, and explain why these rolls are important to their culture. Demeter will be the first goddess in this examination on the mother archetype, followed by Isis. These women are man made stories, to try and help explain why certain things are the way they are. The last mother archetype I will discuss was a woman that is still worshipped today, and with the help of man made stories, she has become immortal.
The first category included the major goddesses of Olympus. The goddesses placed in this category were Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Hestia, Demeter, and Artemis because most people knew and worshipped them. The people held these six goddesses the most high and with the most respect ( Hamilton 28 ). Hera, the goddess of the protection of marriage, took care of married women. The sister and also wife of Zeus, the king of the gods, Hera may be the most well known of the goddesses.
He tricked Zeus into getting the bad side of the bargain. This bargain was to give the better parts of the sacrificed animals to Prometheus’ humans and to give the paltry parts to the gods. Prometheus also stole a piece of Zeus’ sun, giving fire to his human race. Zeus became furious by these events and chained Prometheus to a rock on top of a mountain. Zeus condemned Prometheus by dictating that an eagle would come every day for eternity and eat his liver, only to have it grow back over night.
Moreover, Helios messages the thunder god to kill those who ate his cattle. It was this decree that made Zeus throw a bolt at Odysseus’ men, killing them all. Nevertheless, Odysseus’ prayer shields him from death. The cry to Zeus conveys that the hero needs help from the gods and is unable to do everything himself, thus showing Zeus he is learning humility. This shows progression because in the beginning of the journey Odysseus announces his successes and obstacles whereas, on Helios island, the hero calls for help knowing he can not surpass famine/every challenge.
Frankenstein is seen as a modern image of the ancient myth. Prometheus, the Greek God, and Victor Frankenstein, the creator of the monster, have contrasting qualities and behaviors that allowed them to go against their gods, to create life, then to be punished by the hands of their creations. Prometheus, a Greek Titan, was severely punished by Zeus for stealing a flame from the gods as well as tricking the gods out of the best portion of meat during their feast; giving these to mankind instead. “Zeus ties the titan to the rock, drives a wedge through his chest, and sets an eagle on the daily task of eating his liver from his body” (Lutrell 17). At night the liver grows back, allowing the eagle to be able to do this every day for what was suppose to be
Well, it is time to talk about Prometheus and his trickster ways. One of Prometheus tricks was to trick Zeus by setting up two piles of a sacrificed Ox, one with bones wrapped in fat and another one with the good meat hidden in the stomach of the ox. After he had deceived the meat he told Zeus to choose any pile of his pleasing. Zeus took the pile that had nothing but bones and considering that he had given his word he had to accept a pile of bones for any future sacrifices. This trick that Prometheus pulled made Zeus so mad he took fire away but Prometheus took his torch and lit it with the sun.