Ancient Myth Essay 2

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Heroes Lee Ginter Shawn Youngblood Ancient Mythology 30 July, 2010
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Saving citizens can be routine for some people. Firefighters, police officers, and paramedics save the lives of people everyday which makes them modern day heroes. Fictional characters like superman and spider-man possess superpowers which help them defeat evil and leave their people prosperous. There have also been heroes in ancient cultures that helped their people escape the terrors of monsters and certain death. Whether you are from ancient China or Greece or anywhere around the world today, heroes have been a part of people’s cultures for centuries and provide entertaining stories, some which have been passed down for thousands of years and still remain today. China’s Chi Li, Greece’s Perseus, and modern day Optimus Prime all portray the qualities that are needed to be seen as a hero among the standards of different communities. Chi Li was a young woman who lived in a town that was guarded by a terrible dragon, which for a time, ate the oxen that pulled food carts into town. This dragon eventually began eating sacrifices of young girls, and had done so for the last nine years, when the time came for the Li family to sacrifice a girl of their own for the sake of the town. Chi Li was one of Mr. Li’s seven daughters and as he painfully debated which daughter he would send to the dragon, Chi approached him and volunteered to go. After her request was denied, she then readily traveled to the magistrate and convinced him to let her go only with the help of a sword and a dog. Through the help of the distraction from the dog, she was able to fight off the dragon and thrust the sword into his mouth, killing it instantly. The townspeople saw this from a distance and as a token of honor the magistrate allowed her to marry one of his sons which then made the Li family prosperous.
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This myth shows that women seem to be deemed as less important than men in ancient China. Women were sent to the dragon as sacrifice every year, but since men
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2011 for the course CLT 3378 taught by Professor Youngblood during the Summer '10 term at Florida State College.

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