Arachne

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  • Arachne a maiden becomes famous throughout Greece. She is not well born nor beautiful and she comes from no great city. Her father is a humble dyer of wool. He is well known for producing many varied shades, but above all he is famous for the clear, bright scarlet which is made from shellfish, and which is the most glorious of all colors in Greece. Arachne is more skillful than her father. Its her task to spin the fleecy wool into fine.
  • Symbolism
  • People come from far and wide to watch her work. People murmur that Arachne is taught by the goddess Athene herself. When Arachne hears this she stops her work and tells the people " I gained this skill with my own ten fingers. With hard work from morning to night,I have never had time to look at another maiden do her work. If Athene herself were to come down and compete with me, she could do no better than I."
  • Motif
  • I could beat Athene any day!
  • One day Arachne turns around to see an old woman who answers her threat to Athene. She says " reckless girl, how dare you claim to be equal to the immortal gods themselves.''Arachne did not listen to the old woman. After she hears Archene's threat again she throws her staff down and starts to grow. The onlookers are afraid but realize that they stood in the presences of Athene. Arachne leads Athene to one of the great looms. The goddess ends before Arachne.
  • Theme
  • You shouldn't underestimate me!
  • A symbol is the spindle that Arachne and her father work on. This shows where she gains her skill from. She becomes more skillful than her father. She works on the spindle night through day. The fleece they make becomes famous all over Greece.
  • A major motif is Arachne keeps challenging Athene to come and compete with her in a contest. For example" With my own ten fingers I gained this skill, and by hard practice from early morning till night. I never had time to stand looking as you people do while another maiden worked. Nor if I had, would i give Athene credit because the girl was more skillful than I. As for Athene's weaving, how could there be finer cloth or more beautiful embroidery than mine?
  • The theme is never underestimate or talk about someone in a negative way. Arachne talks about Athene in negative ways. Which leads to Athene to accept her challenge. Arachne also underestimates Athene and thinks that she can beat her. But Athene finishes before Arachne and watches her work.
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