Mythology in Literature

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The era of the Greek gods began when Cronos ate his children, so that they would not defeat and kill him as Cronos’s father had done. Nevertheless, his fate was inevitable. Zeus, who Rheu hid from Cronos, grew old and strong enough to defeat his father and banish him to the depths of the underworld. The myths of the times of the gods began with murder and deception. This is the message that readers get out of mythology. Mythology, which promotes violence and strayed ideals, is present in most works of literature and greatly affects children.
Ares, the god of war, is known for causing trouble and leading to cruel ticks and violent deaths. In the book Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Ares stole Zeus’s lightning bolt to start a war so that he could gain more power, (Riordan, Ch. 15, 20). Ares is selfish, cruel and vindictive. The motto in these two chapters is to lie and cheat to get what you want. Blackmail is what leads to Ares and other mythological characters to power, that is how they got what they wanted. This is what mythology in literature is teaching children. It also teaches children that war and destroying others in your way is the path to power and greatness.
The society we live in today has had the very concepts of good and evil gelled to that from much of mythology, in which they were based on the gods and their archenemies, the demons. With this concept, many others follow, forming the broad basis on which ideal characteristics of human beings today are built on. (Side, Corrie et al.).
An example of good and evil in mythology would be Hades versus Zeus, brothers that hate each other and rule separate parts of the world. These are the characters and basis of mythology. Zeus banishes his brother, Hades, to stay in...

... middle of paper ... literary works read by children. In the end, these ideals and violent ideas influence the younger generation the more they read, even in books as simple as Fairy Tales and Narnia.

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