Greek Mythology had all kind of stories and belief back then, one of the them was the Moirai. Then there are other stories about some trying to change their fate, but in the end fail. For example the story Of Oedipus trying to defy his destiny. Before He was born, His Parents King Laius and Queen Jocasta from Thebes went to go see an Oracle. Who predicted that their son will kill Laius and marry Jocasta.
Helen too had fallen in love with the prince and decided to go with him back to Troy. In doing this Menelaus was angry with his former wife, Helen and asked his brother to help him get her back. When the king went to Troy he took 1,000 ships, in the end the two countries went into war. Many lives were lost in this war for the capture of Helen. In the following paragraphs you will be reading on what I think about Edgar Poe’s poem, ‘To Helen’, Hilda Doolittle’s poem, ‘To Helen’, and how each poet used literary devices.
Trojan War Why did they fight in this war? A Golden Apple inscribed “For The Fairest” thrown out by Eris, goddess of discord, among the gods. Goddess Aphrodite won the golden apple from Paris, because she offered him to have the best body ever, and that she would grant him the most beautiful women in the world. The abduction of Helen, began the Trojan war. Paris then stole Helen, wife of Menelaus, King of Sparta.
It was once said a golden apple would be the reward to the fairest woman, but for a reward there is a cost. The cost for that golden apple was the lives of thousands of men. Well, this apple would be the reward to the fairest woman by the judgement of Paris, Prince of Troy. Unexpectedly, it would also create a war that lasted for ten years. How it happened was a woman named Helen was promised to become the bride to king Menelaus, forcefully, she became the Queen of Sparta.
After several years, he died. She later became lovers with Mark Antony, the ruler of Rome. The queen gave birth to twins, Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene, but Antony was forced to return to Rome to deal with the aftermath of his wife and brother-in-law’s failed rebellion against Octavian. As part of the arrangement with Octavian, he was to marry his sister Octavia. After realizing that he could not work with Octavian, he fled to marry Cleopatra.
His life was not easy–he endured many trials and completed many daunting tasks–but the reward for his suffering was a promise that he would live forever among the gods at Mount Olympus. Hercules had a complicated family tree. According to legend, his father was Zeus, ruler of all the gods on Mount Olympus and all the mortals on earth, and his mother was Alcmene, the granddaughter of the hero Perseus. Perseus, who was also said to be one of Zeus’ sons, famously beheaded the snake-haired Gorgon. Hercules had enemies even before he was born.
Though her fictional world--seen as an idyllic bygone time and place, still in the present time it has entered into popular literary culture. Jane Austen is generally acknowledged to be one of the great English novelists, so it is no surprise that her novels have remained continuously in print from her day to the present. ‘Emma’ tells us of a delightful girl who is as essentially true to life today as she was in the years when the Napoleon was the emperor. The ordinary commonplace incidents and the day to day experiences formed the warp and woof of her novels. Sir Walter Scott wrote in his diary that the talent of Jane Austen as a realist was the most wonderful he had ever met with.
Not only did Claudius kill King Hamlet, but he also married Hamlet’s mother only a month after he did so. Claudius states “With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage, In equal scale weighing delight and dole, Taken to wife.”(1.2.12-4) Claudius uses this deceit of Hamlet to receive sympathy off the sudden death of his brother, and conversely into the steadfast “happy” marriage of the new king and queen. Claudius continues to deceive more and more as the play goes
Were starting this off with Gertrude. Gertrude is the queen, hamlet's mother, who married Claudius right after her other husband was murdered. Of course Hamlet got really mad. When Hamlet saw the ghost of his father in Document A( Remember me), The
Her poetry takes a common incident or ordinary person and given a structure that is not a plain recitation of facts, poems that “skillfully combine biography and history” (325). She has stated in an interview with M. Wynn Thomas in 1995, her works have been influenced by Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, and James Wright. Dove is also asked often about her influences other than writers and repeats that she is “obsessed with” what she calls the “underside of history”. In the interview with M. Wynn Thomas, Dove said that the “underside of history” is the “dramas of ordinary people - the quiet courage of their actions, all which buoy up the big events” (The Swansea Review). Dove believes “putting these private events” alongside historical events makes the personal and historical equally important.
In chapter 8 “Speaking Smartly about the Salem Witchcrafts” thesis is Samuel Sewall 's family life during the crisis of the Salem witch trials. Samuel Sewall 's brother Stephen who was the director of the court throughout the trials, had fallen ill putting stress onto Sewall himself. In spite of this Sewall was facing issues in his home life. For example, Samuel had to give his son corporal punishment because Joseph had thrown a brass knob at his sister Betty causing her head to start bleeding. In addition, Joseph acted up again by throwing a tantrum, later he swallowed a bullet but later excreted it in the orchard.
Poseidon When poseidon he was eaten by his father Cronus but later saved by his brother zeus who forced cronus to vomit up all of his brothers and sisters. Cronus was killed by his own children and they divided up the power of the world to each other, poseidon winning the power of the sea. Poseidon has two brothers, zeus and hades, and three sisters, hestia, hera, and demeter. Poseidon also has a wife Amphitrite.The story says poseidon “he too had numerous affairs with goddesses”(Kevin Osborn page 6) he even went as far as having a baby with medusa. Even with that Amphitrite had seven children with poseidon .
If our history books show that these Greek heroes existed then why can’t we accept that also the gods were real? The most popular story ever told about a Greek hero was the story of Heracles or Hercules as the Romans pronounced it.” It was told that he was the son of Zeus and his mother Alcmene a mortal woman Zeus fell in love with. Heracles was gifted with amazing strength since childbirth but being a child of Zeus and a mortal woman Hera was furious that it was told that she sent snakes to kill him as a child, however little Heracles strangled the snakes before they can strike. Her fury didn’t end there, Heracles grew up to be a great warrior even married and had children of his own. That is when Hera sent a fit of madness to Heracles and caused him to murder his own wife and children something he could never undo.
Julius Caesar, husband of Calphurnia and possibly the greatest ruler Rome has seen, was assassinated on the Ides of March. We cannot say this was a huge surprise to us, as a soothsayer had cautioned Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March” (Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Act 1 Scene 2, Line 20). Calphurnia allegedly begged Caesar to stay home on that very day fearing that something terrible would happen, but Decius persuaded Caesar otherwise. The great leader was later stabbed to his death by a group of conspirators, of which only 16 have been identified. The leaders of this conspiracy are known to be Marcus Brutus and Caius Cassius.
In the prologue of his myth, before his twelve labors, It was said that Hercules once lived happily in the city of Thebes. but one day under the curse of Juno-who hated him for he was the illegitimate child of Zeus and his mom- Hercules went insane and killed his family. As a result of this Hercules fell deep into the pits of grief and despair. Losing all meaning of life he goes consult with an oracle. There the oracle shows points hercules towards the direction of his future and gives him the twelve labors.