Theseus: A Hero Analysis

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Much like Katniss Everdeen of Suzanne Collins’s acclaimed novel, The Hunger Games, Theseus, a well known Greek hero, offered to be one of the tributes of a situation that could potentially end his life. In his case, Theseus voyaged on a quest to the Labyrinth to slay the Minotaur and free the other tributes. All four heroes in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology show traits and features that display their unworthiness to named a hero. Nevertheless, these heroes also exhibit extremely admirable qualities. However, one of them deserves full respect to be titled a hero. In Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, Theseus depicts the most commendable traits of a hero because of his marriage to a princess, quest, and ignoble death. Some may claim that Theseus doesn’t …show more content…
Some may believe that Theseus was not capable of being called a hero because of his mistakes and poor actions. However, his very heroic traits outweigh all of his cons. According to the traits of a hero, a hero should have married a princess; Theseus had a relationship with Ariadne, and then he married her sister, Pasiphae. Theseus, much like Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games, volunteered his life in place of another one. He offered to take part in King Minos’s punishment of the Athenians. Theseus’s successful quest to slay the Minotaur and free the Athenian youths and maidens from the Labyrinth proved that Theseus was capable of being a hero despite the claims that he caused his father’s death. Like many heroes, Theseus died a dishonorable death. Right after discovering that his son was dead, his once prosperous life took a turn for the worse. He was exiled from his city and was murdered by King Lycomedes, his friend, and his host. These are only a few reasons as to why Theseus is truly the greatest and most admirable hero of the four in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. Theseus depicts the most commendable traits of a hero because of his marriage to a princess, quest, and ignoble

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