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The Greatest Athenian Hero, Theseus Essay

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Before Theseus is born, his father, King Aegeus, puts a sword and a pair of sandals under a boulder that Theseus has to lift and retrieve when he is older and strong. When Theseus comes of age, he lifts the boulder and, then, goes to his father to claim himself as the king’s son. After meeting his father, Theseus decides he has to prove to himself that he is worthy of being the heir of the throne (Hamilton 209). A true hero is someone who courageously and humbly takes on an adventure to help his community despite the dangers, trusts others and himself, and thinks before going forward with a plan. Because Theseus is strong, noble, humble, and intelligent, he can be considered a true hero. ...view middle of the document...

Before volunteering to go to the Minotaur’s cave, “he told his father …” (Hamilton 212). Telling his father about his plan gives King Aegeus, his father, a reason to trust him. After meeting Ariadne, “she would bring about his escape …” to Theseus (212). Theseus trusts Ariadne to help him which will either kill him or save him. Once he is in the cave, “Theseus came upon him asleep … and with his fists … battered the monster to death” (212-213). During this time, Theseus trusts his strength and ultimately, his courage. He does not doubt himself. Thinking before acting and trusting others and himself makes Theseus a hero that one should admire.
Because Theseus remains humble throughout his lift, he is sincere hero. When his father dies and is put on the throne, “he declared to the people that he did not wish to wish to rule over them …” (215). Theseus has a choice to rule or not over the Athenians. He does not choice to take advantage of success and power; therefore, he is a humble person. After defeating the Minotaur, Theseus forgets to raise the white flag on the ship, which tells his father whether Theseus is dead or not ahead of time (215). Theseus’s forgetfulness makes it seem prideful; however, it is only excitement of the crew and Theseus because the Minotaur...

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