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Emily Gomez May 1, 2016 Eng 257 Meena Nayak Greek and Norse Mythology Greek and Norse mythology have many things in common but they also have many differences. Greek mythology was mainly all about glory and the male divine would just care about himself and family did not matter. Norse culture in my opinion was more about glory because they did things to protect their people and they were looked up to. Both of these cultures shaped humankind in numerous good and bad ways and I think that is what myths are all about explaining why we are shaped the way we are. These two cultures have presented standards of honor and glory that have impacted our society and these involved violence and bravery. In my option Greek mythology was my favorite out of all the other cultures and I think Greek mythology is one of the myths that are mostly known and talked about. In this culture to have glory and honor you had to get that through violence which influenced human behavior. Honor and glory to the Greeks meant to maintain all the power and for others to fear you. Having these two characteristics helped them maintain at the top and to keep their great power. “Honor and glory are central to the Greek character. Since heroes are the essence of the society from which they come, Greek heroes live their lives according to honor and
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Emily Gomez May 1, 2016 Eng 257 Meena Nayak glory, in all their varied forms. Honor and glory trigger an epic war that takes the lives of numerous men, and shape its development at every stage” (Texin, Cheryl). Revenge was seen a lot throughout Greek mythology and when they seek vengeance the answer was violence. If they got their victory as they were honored because they got their revenge. For example, Kronos said, “Mother, I promise I’ll finish this since I don’t give a damn about my father, as he was the first to plan these shameful things.” In my opinion in this myth Kronos received the glory because out of all his brothers he stood up to the evil, which was his father, and wanted revenge and what was fair since his father started it. We can see here the revenge took over his soul that he did not care about his father and looked at violence for an answer and it also proves that he was the only one willing to do something and that’s why he is so important in Greek culture. This impacted society because it started wars, killings, but it was all a way to gain honor and respect as in no one could cross you or they will pay if they did. Selfishness in the Greek mythology was just a way to keep your power, so in order to maintain your power you had to be
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Emily Gomez May 1, 2016 Eng 257 Meena Nayak selfish and do anything you can. For example, “Gaia and Ouranos warned Kronos that one of his children would eventually overthrow him and become the foremost Immortal. To prevent that possibility, Kronos decided that he would swallow any children that Rheia bore” (Kronos). Because of this Zeus got revenge on
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