Myth Compare And Contrast Essay

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A myth is a traditional or legendary story, usually regarding a hero or event. IN some cases, Myths are very alike as their subjects or morals are of similar content, for example Prometheus and the Story of Buddha. Prometheus is the story of one of Zeus’s sons that would always think of the future and what was to come. The Story of Buddha is a story about a prince born in Northern India that was on the quest for happiness. Prometheus and Buddha have many character traits that contribute to how these myths are portrayed yet they take one different actions for different reasons. As a result of these actions, Prometheus and Buddha find themselves face to face with a conflict that could bring them down or up. Overall in both of these myths a theme is present, in both stories the theme or moral revolves around selflessness and helping others. Prometheus and The Story of Buddha are two myths that can easily be compared and contrasted when looking at character traits, the conflicts that the characters face, and the themes or moral of the myth.
Prometheus was always thinking of the future and never really living for the moment. He was very empathetic and selfless as he only thought for others, rather than for himself. He was also very brave and determined because even though Zeus refused to provide fire to men that were of lower standards then themselves, Prometheus still betrayed his father to help the needy men. On the other hand, Buddha was a kind and clever man that was loved by many. He was just as curious and determined as Prometheus was but he had his heart set on finding happiness for him and his family. Even though Buddha was searching for happiness for his family as well, this act was much rather selfish when compared to Prometheus as he was punished for helping others. However, although both Prometheus and Buddha were very wise, Prometheus did not value his wisdom as much as Buddha did when faced with a conflict.
Prometheus was faced with the problem of denial when Zeus denied him access to his lightning bolt so he could help the humans that weren’t surviving very well. Zeus feared that if he provided the men fire they would become wiser and stronger than them and soon overpower them. Prometheus was determined on helping these men so he stole Zeus’s bolt and provided them fire so they could be warm and happy. Zeus caught him later and punished him; however Prometheus was happy knowing the opened up a greater future for human kind up until he was rescued by Hercules. On the other hand, while Prometheus was selflessly acting for others, Buddha was faced with a problem while looking for his own happiness. Buddha was taking the Middle...

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