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Theseus Ariadne My soul leaned out to grasp her All else in this moment was as passing dust clouds or a summer shower says Theseus the Athenian hero and narrator of The king Must Die by Mary Renault about the kingdom of Athens as he looks over it from is fathers palace Theseus has a stronger love for Athens then anything else including the gods Soon after he discovers the beauty of Athens he is sent to Crete to be a bull dancer a kind of sacrifice for the decadent goddess on earth Ariadne When they meet they quickly fall in love despite her passionate blood thirsty personality When the Cretan civilization is overturned by war he takes Ariadne and the cranes his bull dancing team and they go to a nearby island called Naxos While they are there Ariadne takes part in a celebration and ends up performing the acts of the women who are in touch with the gods of the civilization Theseus is troubled by this because she did such a holy act without communicating or being in touch with the gods He makes the hard decision to leave Naxos and return to Athens without Ariadne He loves Athens too much and thinks that it might hurt Athens to bring Ariadne back with him He makes this decision because Ariadne will never respect the gods as he does because she does not believe in them Also she has lived as the goddess on earth too long and is used to having human blood sacrificed to her Because of this she has a spoiled attitude and takes things for granted Finally she is the epitome of the Matriarchal culture and he was raised in the Patriarchal world Ariadne can never devout herself to the gods like Theseus because she does not believe in them She basically thinks that they are silly superstition When she follows the others
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