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Susan Wang 9/3/08 AP English Allusions 1. Achilles In Greek mythology, Achilles was the son of Thetis, an immortal nymph, and Peleus, the king of Myrmidons. Because he was dipped into the River Styx while he was still an infant, his body was invulnerable. However, his heel was left unprotected because it was the place where he was being held during the process. Legends believe that Achilles was killed in battle by an arrow to his heel. Writers have utilized the term “Achilles’ heel” to refer to one’s vulnerability. 2. Adam's rib In the Genesis (2: 21-3), Eve was created from the rib of Adam while he was asleep. Because Eve (woman) was formed from the other half of man, it justifies the fact that people believe that females are subordinate to males. “Adam’s rib” has been used as a phrase to describe the battle of the sexes. 3. Agamemnon In Greek mythology, Agamemnon was the son of Atreus and the brother of Menelaus. In different accounts, he was depicted as the king of either Mycenae or Argos. During the Trojan War, he was the leader of the Greek forces. On his journey, Agamemnon faced multiple obstacles, but ultimately acquired Cassandra after sacking Troy. When he returned home, Aegisthus had fallen in love with Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife, and both murdered Agamemnon and Cassandra. Later on Agamemnon’s son, Orestes, eventually killed both Aegisthus and Clytemnestra. 4. Antigone According to Greek mythology, Antigone was the daughter of King Oedipus and Jocasta. Antigone was also Oedipus’s half-sister because Oedipus married his mother who was Jocasta. Because of this sin, Antigone, her sister Ismene, and Oedipus were sent into exile. Antigone returned to Thebes after Oedipus passed away, thus found out that her two brothers Eteocles and Polyneices were at war and both had died. Creon, the new king of Thebes, declared that Polyneices was a traitor and should remain unburied. Antigone went against Creon and buried him, hence leading to her death. 5. Armageddon In Christianity, Armageddon is the site of the final battle between God and Satan. It is believed that Armageddon will be the site of the last climactic battle fought between the opposition forces of good and evil. In Revelation 16:16 of the Bible, Armageddon is mentioned as the place where troops will gather. Although the final battle is supposed to be set in the Valley of Jezreel, which Megiddo overlooks, the actual event occurred in the Valley of Jehosphaphat, which is adjacent to Jerusalem. 6. Atalanta According to Greek mythology, Schoeneus desperately hoped for a son than when Atalanta was born, he abandoned her in the mountains to die. Artemis came to the rescue by sending a “she-bear” and Atalanta was then raised as a hunter. Her skills won the heart
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Susan Wang 9/3/08 of Meleager and she was eventually rewarded fur for her contribution of killing the Calydonian Boar. Meleager killed his two uncles due to their enragement that a woman
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