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Ryan Averbukh Professor Nagy, Eng. 111A Question #7 A hero is not born with the ability to be great therefore the contributing factors from outside sources are essential to his or her growth. In the story of the Tain, Cuchulainn represents the mightiest and bravest of all warriors, yet his success can be narrowed down to a few ideas. The first and most important is power. For a seventeen- year-old boy to take on an entire army, solo, is a feat in its own which no other character matches in the story. As an audience, there is a sense that Cuchulainn is operating with an on/off switch. Through out the boyhood deeds, this young lad shows tremendous promise and courage that makes his fellow Ulster men recognize him a sacred gift. One of the best ways in which power is represnted is the manner in which they cool him off in the end. The entire boyhood section of the Tain shows his talents and aggressive demeanor, so placing him in the vat of cold water is a symbol of cooling him down from his hot streak: “Immediately the warriors of Emain seized him and plunged him in a vat of cold water. The vat burst asunder about him (T, 92).” Clearly, his heat is a representation of his
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course ENG 111A taught by Professor Nagy during the Winter '08 term at UCLA.

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