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Theseus The ancient Greek myths exposed many aspects of their male society The focus of today are the different ideas of what was accepted and approved of back then In order to show you this examples will be taken from the story Theseus The expectations of male youth were to be strong and brave At the early age of fifteen Theseus proves his strength by lifting a huge boulder and finding his fathers sword and a pair of sandals underneath it On his way to Athens Theseus encounters evil and courageously 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 the Minotaur is a quest the young man goes on to save the people of Athens Sacrificing yourself in the name of your people and bravery are looked upon with admiration from Greek society Marriage is a virtue Even though King Aegeus and Aethra are with each other 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 so preoccupied about leaving Ariadne on the island of Naxos that he forgets to hoist up the white sail of victory Theseus father plunges to his death thinking his son is dead after seeing the black sail on the incoming vessel The lesson of his carelessness carries a high toll This illustrates on how important it is in the culture that a young man does not forget basic logic Theseus downfall is his thinking that he was the bravest king alive As a result Theseus and his Peirithous end up trapped in Hades The lessons behind the story tell much about the values of people of Ancient Greece The myths are stories resulting with severe consequences telling
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