Heroism In Theseus

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Theseus and the Minotaur Fear. Heroism. Danger. In the Theseus story, King Minos of Crete was a powerful man, feared by the rulers of the lands around him. When he demanded goods or men for his great armies, they felt they had to agree. When he demanded they send tributes to honour him, they sent them without question. It was the only way they could stop him going to war with them. But his demands on Athens became too much for them to bear. This hold over the ancient Greek world ended, because one lone man named Theseus stepped in and stopped it. Although some question Theseus’ honor, he is considered to be a Greek hero; however, Theseus exhibited the qualities of a true Greek hero of bravery, sacrifice, and strength. First, when King Midos had a giant palace built, he put a maze inside, and kept a terrifying monster; the Minotaur. When Theseus went to his father about it, he said “We can not sit here while this awful tyrant sends innocent citizens in one after another. I will go into the labyrinth, kill the beast, and save the poor people from the ruler.” King Aegeus pleaded him not to go, but Theseus was determined to do this. King Aegeus tried to convince him that they would find another way to stop the evil, and twisted monarch, but they both knew this had to be done. Next, Theseus and King Aegeus said their goodbyes, but before Theseus left for King Midos’ kingdom, King aegeus told him that if he succeeds, to take down the black sails and put up the

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