Exile in Mythology “If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all” (Journey Quotations). Exile presents itself in many forms throughout Greek and Roman mythology. Regardless of their purpose, however, all Greek and Roman mythological characters realize the above quote by American journalist Dan Rather to be frighteningly accurate. As they step off to begin their ordeal of exile, for some reason, they fail to stay focused on their present, thinking only of their cloudy, uncertain future. These prize-seeking journeyers remain ignorant of what is immediately before them, causing them either great trouble or great accomplishment. Though the dubious reasons why exile is placed
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“Creon has banished my sons. I will take them with me into exile” (Medea). It is clearly the intention of the King to keep Medea out of his Kingdom, knowing full well her ability to rashly and murderously intervene out of revenge, in order to be protected from her presumed ill-reaction. Medea was severely punished for her previous illicit actions, which have forever labeled her as an overreacting witch. Unlike being punished for the sake of safety, mythological characters have also been sentenced to exile for their emotions. In “Pyramus and Thisbe,” the two young lovers have been found out by each other’s parents, and out of extreme hatred for the other family, the fathers have decreed that the children not see each other. However, “in the hearts of both Pyramus and Thisbe, their blood blazed with flames of equal passion” (Pyramus and Thisbe). The rebellious love-struck teenagers sneak out of the city in order to satisfy each other’s need for the raging love that exists between their hearts. Their plan, unfortunately, goes uncannily wrong.
“Pyramus thinks that Thisbe has been killed, and he decides that he will kill himself in order to be with her forever. When Thisbe returns to the scene later, and sees that Pyramus has killed himself, she takes his dagger and kills herself