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The ancient Greek myths exposed many aspects of their male society The focusof today are the different ideas of what was accepted and approved of back then In orderto show you this examples will be taken from the story TheseusThe expectations of male youth were to be strong and brave At the early age offifteen Theseus proves his strength by lifting a huge boulder and finding his fathers swordand a pair of sandals underneath it On his way to Athens Theseus encounters evil andcourageously fights worthy opponents killing atrocious monsters in all shapes and forms He is looked respected because his father is high in social status and power Fighting theMinotaur is a quest the young man goes on to save the people of Athens Sacrificingyourself in the name of your people and bravery are looked upon with admiration fromGreek society Marriage is a virtue Even though King Aegeus and Aethra are with eachother once they still manage to hold the sacred title by secretly marrying one another Typical forms of unacceptable behavior were overexcessive pride and distraction A major tragedy in the story occurs as a result of Theseus forgetfulness He is sopreoccupied about leaving Ariadne on the island of Naxos that he forgets to hoist up thewhite sail of victory Theseus father plunges to his death thinking his son is dead afterseeing the black sail on the incoming vessel The lesson of his carelessness carries a hightoll This illustrates on how important it is in the culture that a young man does not forgetbasic logic Theseus downfall is his thinking that he was the bravest king alive As aresult Theseus and his Peirithous end up trapped in Hades The lessons behind the story tell much about the values of people of AncientGreece The myths are stories resulting with severe consequences telling men how to be Theseus is a message to the that they could either be high up in Mount Olympus if they
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