The MIntoaur

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  • My son is dead!
  • In "The Minotaur", Theseus defeats the Minotaur and saves King Minos's kingdom. In Athens, King Minos needs someone to kill the fearful Minotaur, so Aegeus's son, Theseus volunteers. The Athenians were very angry with Aegeus, for he had brought this greef upon Athens. Aegeus started to weep. He did not want to see his son go. Theseus reassured him that if the Minotaur is slain, the ship would wear glorious white sails instead of the black ones that the ship is wearing now.
  • Symbolism
  • Theseus gets accepted for the challenge, but before he goes off to slay the Minotaur, a princess named Ariadne wishes him luck. She also gives him a sword. Theseus came upon the monster while it was sleeping and caught it by surprise. He fought the creature furiously and won. Theseus defeated the Minotaur. He then went back to Athens to celebrate his victory.
  • Motif
  • On his way back from the voyage, Theseus couldn't wait to get back to Athens and speak of his victory. He looked out of the ship, seeing Ariadne waiting for him. However, he did not see his father King Aegeus on top of a cliff. He thought his son was dead because he did not see the glorious white sails in place of the black ones. He was filled with grief and he cast himself headlong into the sea.
  • Theme
  • Two symbols in "The Minotaur" are the sails of the boat and the sword that Theseus receives from Ariadne. The sword represents the emotion from Ariadne as she cares for Theseus's victory. That is why she gives him the sword. The sails from the boat resembles the result of the battle between the Minotaur and Theseus. It can be used as a symbol because King Aegeus (Theseus's father) interprets the black sails as a symbol of death. If the sails were white, it would symbolize life.
  • A motif in "The Minotaur" is the labyrinth that the Minotaur lives in. The labyrinth is basically a maze. It is mentioned by Ariadne before Theseus leaves to slay the Minotaur. It is a motif because in order to find the Minotaur, the labyrinth must be mentioned several times. It is used as a guide for Theseus. It also leads to the central idea, which is slaying the Minotaur.
  • The theme of "The Minotaur" is helping others before helping yourself. This is used as the theme because it can be applied. Theseus volunteered to slay the Minotaur not because he wanted to be praised for his braveness, but because he wanted to help out. He put other peoples priorities in front of his own. He did this because offering help is better than waiting around for it.
  • The theme is...
  • Helping others before helping yourself.
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