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    Essay On The Cauldron

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    The cauldron of story is a metaphor used to help understand the formation and adaption of myths and fantasy. The metaphor identifies a cauldron as a massive pot holding all aspects of stories that simmer and brew together forming the soup which is served up by the author/storyteller as the story itself. The bones found in the soup represent the different aspects that make up the story such as the characters, the traits, the location, the foe, etc. And over time it can be hard to pull out the bones of one individual without the bones of others coming along too. History is often added to the cauldron such as historical figures but those historical figures that enter the cauldron are changed and altered, becoming bigger and better. Over time the history is altered in the soup as it brews alongside other aspects of stories and fictional characters. All aspects of the metaphor are shown to represent the formation and adaption of myths and fantasy, with the cook playing a significant role alongside the cauldron holding the soup and bones. The cook represents the storyteller who does not blind chose from the pot and selects the bones that critical to the story being told. As the cook serves the soup, the stories are changed, adapted and new ones are created and are added to the pot. This metaphor is relevant to the stories the Snow Queen and Frozen. The original story of the Snow Queen was written by Hans Christian and starts with a mirror created by the devil to mock the heavens.…

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    Disney’s newest hit movie Frozen has been one of the most popular movies in Disney history. Few people know that the movie is based off of the Danish folktale The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson and that the two are quite different. Most people believe that because a movie is based on a classic story, both storylines are the same. Little do people know that these two stories are worlds apart. Through the characters, the acts of true love, and the ends, these stories have proven to be…

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    beauty is believed to have been seduced by Paris, a Trojan prince, and brought over to Troy. Menelaus is understandably enraged by this and wants satisfaction. Thus, the Trojan War commences, a long and onerous plight. Although it seems completely rational to use military force to save such a high-level captive, the fact that the war lasts about twelve years is a bit illogical. It is stressed throughout The Iliad all of the misfortune and unnecessary death that the cumbersome war has caused.…

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    Paris has shown many times that he is a coward and will run away when faced with a life or death situation. During the first day of battle Paris challenged the Greeks to a duel, but when Menelaus came to accept the challenge Paris ran back into the Trojan line (III. 15-41). Even after taunting the Greeks Paris runs away back to the Trojans. Paris’s action causes Hector and many others warriors to criticize Paris and call him a coward. Even after he loses the fight and is saved by Aphrodite he…

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    The Aeneid is bursting with violent acts from the beginning to the end. The main character, Aeneas, faces conflict from both humans and gods. Aeneas is a Trojan hero and prince who embodies pietas, or driven by duty, honor, and devotion, which makes him an example of an ideal Roman citizen. Aeneas was determined to be a successful founder of Rome, but he faced complications along the journey. In each conflict, Aeneas dealt with fighting and violence; therefore, Rome was founded on violent…

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    Jean Anouilh’s play Antigone is a tragedy inspired by Greek mythology and the play of the same name (Antigone, by Sophocles) from the fifth century B.C. The play Antigone tells the story of a brave girl (one of Oedipus’s daughters) who stands up against the law in order to honor her brother. The play had many important characters without which the meaning would be incomplete. However, there were many minor characters that completed the play and aided the reader’s understanding which leads us…

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    The Homecoming The Odyssey by the ancient Greek writer Homer takes us into the life of a man called Odysseus. Odysseus, the son of Lartes, has left both his son, Telemachus, and his wife, Penelope, to fight a war in Troy. After 10 years of fighting the war, Odysseus and his men were finally ready to return home to their families, however, the Gods were not finished with Odysseus. They needed to test his wisdom, honor, piety and prudence to prove that he is truly a noble hero. While Odysseus was…

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    Like an avalanche in the mountains change is inevitable and unstoppable. In the Iliad, by Homer, an epic/poem retelling the tale of the Trojan war, there was a bloody battle between Greece and Troy. One of the main characters is Achilles, an almost invincible Greek warrior. The author uses characterization to show Achilles experiences great change throughout the poem, from stubborn to devastated to avengement seeking, all because his good friend and comrade, Patroclus, was killed in battle.…

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    In Aeschylus’ play Agamemnon, the dynamic, strong female character of Clytaemnestra is introduced. Left alone for ten years, she has become bitter after Agamemnon had sacrificed their daughter, Iphigeneia, in order to sail to Troy. Clytaemnestra is waiting for her revenge. Clytaemnestra’s two speeches after Agamemnon has returned to Argos and is entering the palace reveal that she is convicting him of the murder of Iphigeneia and sentencing him to death. In Clytaemnestra’s first speech when…

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    The Trojan War was being fought in the 13th or 12th BC which was a period of time known as the Bronze Age. In Greek Mythology, the war was fought against the city of Troy after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband who is the King of the Spartans. Many people fought wars to achieve and gain pride or themselves and their family. Although in Ancient Greece many were fearless and brave: in the Trojan War, Hector, a fierce Greek warrior, portrays the most hero-like qualities, in the epic poem,…

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