Apollo is a popular god in Greek for his passion to give unnatural power to humanity. Cassandra was chosen by Apollo to inherit the ability of comprehending prophecies. When Apollo has fallen in love with Cassandra, but she refuses, he cursed her ... ... middle of paper ... ...a decade in Troy fighting, which made Clytemnestra feel isolated and desperate for love and care. On the other hand, Cassandra seem to be sympathized because she is a prisoner from war taken away from Troy to die in the hands of Clytemnestra. Based on the play, Agamemnon, although Cassandra was caught between an inevitable affair which led to her death, she resented the Greek god Apollo.
The legend of Perseus is told in many different ways, in two particular ways they are similar but yet quite different. The movie Clash of the Titans is primarily a story of Perseus and his dangerous journey to save the princess Andromeda, while the Edith Hamilton’s Mythology is a story of Perseus, his relationship with his mother and journeys to her. In the 1981 clash of the Titans movie the King Acrisius of Argo imprisons his daughter Danei *Danaë because he is jealous of her beauty. The god Zeus visits her and makes her pregnant. King Acrisius in a fit of rage puts Danae and the baby, Perseus, to sea in a wood coffin.
These stories show various ways and reasons for Greek women being deceiving and disingenuous, reasons for which there needs to be more discussion. Homer’s epic great poem, The odyssey, shows the readers various samples of women deceiving men within this literature. The Greek goddess of wisdom and war, Athena, was the first to show deception within this epic poem. Although Athena was helping Telemachos, she did it with trickery and deceiving him. When Athena was attempting to tell Telamachos about his father still being alive, she did it by changing her appearance, deceiving him, in order to help lead him towards his father (Odyssey 1.178-220).
Although Circe and Calypso are both goddesses and both keep Ody... ... middle of paper ... ... knowledge she passes on to him, was a factor in his decision making of the death of the suitors. Melantho shows Odysseus how cruel men can be and she makes him aware of all the traitors within the household. With these two opposite influences of the women he decides to kill all the suitors and the disloyal maidservants. There were many women in “The Odyssey” who helped Odysseus make it back to Ithaca and end the tribulation in his household, but these were the most important ones. Without their influences and their different approaches on dealing with him, he might not have handled the situation like he did, or even worse, he might have never made it home.
Clytemnestra is one of Greek literature’s most famous villains while Aphrodite is seen as one of the most desirable women in literature. Greek Goddesses are celebrated for their manlike traits where as human females are thought to be undesirable for them. This relationship further proves that gods and goddesses are superior not only in power but also in social status. By comparing Aechylus’ Agamemnon with The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite we can see how in ancient Greece, literature taught women to be inferior by showing them consequences of female actions to keep women in their subordinate positions in society. Clytemnestra is the anti-feminine queen in Agamemnon, which the reader (at least the ancient Greek) would have hated for stepping outside her place as a woman.
Furthermore, Euripides’ social commentary on the role of women and foreigners in the ancient Greece society display how Medea is poorly judged due to both these factors and her disinterest in conforming to societal norms. Therefore, it is apparent that Euripides created Medea as a sympathetic character. Although many aspects of the original play may have been lost in translation, it is proven that Medea is in fact a sympathetic character as shown through her plights.
Me... ... middle of paper ... ... his place as a king, to losing his wife and children. The audience feels pity for him because he was trying to save Thebes. However, the audience always knew Medea had some evil characteristics to her when she betrayed her family with no shame or dignity to escape with Jason. The Medea and Oedipus the King both have the same criteria Aristotle states in Poetics. Tragedies depict the downfall of the noble heroine and hero through their fate, hubris and the will of gods.
One is a maternal instinct. This is displayed in the literal mother-son relationships of Aphrodite and Aeneas, Thetis and Achilles, and the protective instinct that Athene displays in Book 3 of the Iliad when Pandarus arrow shot an arrow at Menelaus and she "took her stand in front and warded off the piercing dart, turning it just a little from the flesh, like a mother driving a fly away from her gently sleeping child" [p80]. Another motive of the goddesses is revenge. Athene and Hera are determined to destroy Troy to repay Paris for his Judgement when he "fell into the fatal error of humiliating the two goddesses... by his preference for [Aphrodite], who offered him the pleasures and penalties of love" [p438]. In the Odyssey, Athene's major motive for helping Odysseus often seems to simply be pity - such as in the speech she gives to Zeus at the beginning of book 5, p88.
That’s the action of a wise woman” (Page 209-210), but Medea strongly refutes these beliefs. *Although Medea is arguably the most intelligent character in Euripides’s piece, shown in her dialogue with Creon, she has become ridiculed, and viewed as barbarous and less desirable following her separation from Jason. She is no longer a wife to a Greek man. She is simply an outsider, and a burden on a prosperous
Dido throws a temper tantrum after she does not receive precisely what she desires from Aeneas. However, Dido’s reaction goes far beyond a simple tantrum, as her explosive confrontation with Aeneas only marks the beginning of her irrational decision making. Dido proceeds to commit suicide, which does not bode well for her reputation as a competent and logical leader. Aside from Dido, the Aeneid features three other somewhat notable female characters. These three characters are Creusa, Virgil’s first wife; Lavinia, the daughter of Latinus; and Camilla, a Volcian warrior.