Well one reason why we study Greek mythology is because of what it contributed to the classical and modern literature by giving us terms like “Bios” which stands for life and “Deka” which means ten. It is almost impossible to completely understand the basics of things like art, literature, and Performing Arts without being introduced to at least some mythology. Greek myths are also not so different from our more modern books, for example the book “Huckleberry Finn” and “The Great Gatsby,” we all read these books in school at one point in our life but we also learned from the stories the important messages portrayed, which of course comes back to ancient Greek mythology. You see just like with these other stories we constantly learn from mythology about many things. It's like us studying another culture and it helps us understand what it was like to be around in those times and places.
Hamlet is cruel to the extreme to all those who he feels are treacherous, not just to the women in his life. Hamlet expects his mother Gertrude to mourn for King Hamlet in the same way as he does, in "trappings and the suits of woe" (Hamlet, I, ii, 89). Instead, she marries Claudius shortly after the sudden death. Hamlet cannot understand how she could disrespect his father, especially since she so doted upon the King in life. He exclaims, "O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer!"
In my narrative, I used many different writing techniques that were new to me, I can see the difference it makes when compared to my high school papers. While doing this paper, I think that the greatest asset I learned was the scene based writing. It taught me how to tell a story within a story. Now, I 'm able to see the value of intricate details and allowing the readers to use their imagination. The literacy narrative might have been one of the easier papers for me to write, but it taught me the
This massive reversal in disposition is later contrasted by another reversal when Hamlet leaps into Ophelia's open grave at her funeral to dispute Laertes and claim, "I loved Ophelia, forty thousand brothers / Could not with all their quantity of love / Make up my sum" (5.1.252-54). These abrupt mood changes also appear in Hamlet's relationship with his mother. He seemed to believe in his mother's purity and goodness, but eventually Hamlet seems to hold a great mount of contempt for Gertrude, especially when he mocks her words, and then snidely proclaims: "You are the queen, your husband's brother's wife, / And would it were not so, you are my mother" (3.4.15-16). Such mood swings as these definitely prove, if anything, that Hamlet could not keep adequate control of his emotions.
I look for comfort; my comfort lies here dead. Whatever my hands have touched come to nothing. Fate has brought all my pride to thought of dust” (1833). Creon takes responsibility of the death of his son and wife by calling himself a “rash” man and this is where Creon undergoes the changes of a dynamic character by admitting that he was wrong. Creon seemed to be a loyal king, would wanted to prove his worthiness to the people of Thebes, but Creon also had a stubborn side.
Greek Mythology is the study of the stories and legends of ancient Greek life. They are fictional stories used to teach and provide context on everyday occurrences, such as nature, health, but most importantly, love. The love myths of ancient Greece are far more different than anything we know of today. The myths featured competitive world views, such as homosexuality. There are other psychological ideas apparent in Greek myths.
Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, is an infamous piece of ancient Greek literature. It tells the tale of a young man whom, during infancy, his parents receive an oracle telling them that their son will kill his father and have sexual relations with his mother. The parents of Oedipus then bind his feet and abandon him in the wilderness where a shepherd from the neighboring city of Corinth discovers him. The king and queen of this city raise him; he grows up to be a great leader, and marries the queen of a neighboring city, Jocasta. It is later discovered that on a trek he killed a man he thought to be a beggar turns out to be his father and the queen that he marries is, unfortunately, his mother.
The first chapter introduces the world of the Greeks, their exposure to writing, the importance of Homer, and the possibility that the two epics were written by two people. The text distinguishes that Homer actually was an actual historical figure, contrary to the belief of some scholars. Finley discusses where the Greeks came from and how they did not come in one massive, conquering movement. Actually, the Greeks and the other inhabitants did not realize what was happening at all when the migration was taking place. Language is another topic of discussion for Finley as he writes about the Greek language and its Indo-European family.
Even more so as my study of humanities began this S... ... middle of paper ... ...e ridden, they didn't actually partake in the offense. If I have the time to fully research the wealth of information from the NEH website and links (where are perhaps tied to other links), I would like to study Herodotus’ take on the Greco-Persian Wars. From what I understand, the bias starts here because he was mostly in favor of the Athenians. Additionally, other events followed the battle of Thermopylae like the Peloponnesian War described in the Van Doren text. This too is of interest to me because it introduces Alexander the Great and his strategies to overthrow Xerxes in Persia.
Much of the criticism of Homer's Iliad is focused on the events of the story: the significance of the images, symbols, the role of the Greek Gods, the characters of the story. It seems that many of the critics have forgotten the very important role of Homer as the narrator of the events. His narration undermines the story. He is the medium through which the story is told. Perhaps the ambiguity of not knowing exactly who Homer is, and the fact that it was an oral story long before it was written in the form it is today, is the cause of oversight of the narrative qualities of Homer's Iliad by many critics.