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Q4 English Portfolio - By: Deshawn Mcleod
Q4 English Portfolio - By: Deshawn Mcleod
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This English portfolio portrays a freshman who began with writings that had no deep analysis, with little revision from peers to an almost rising sophomore that is open to a second opinion for well improvement and a depth of character in each written sentence. Beginning with the first project, I had a gloated with my acquired skills from my previous school year and I was ready to knock out the first “easy” benchmark. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the grade I expected, but a “B.” That grade made me think twice actually, yes, a “B” on the first paper of the year in English class is great, but I knew I had to improve on something. Since then, revision by others was a weak point for me. Another was trying to cram in my last thoughts at the end of an essay, but with the help of peers and guidance by Mrs. Dunn, revision is now my favorite part of turning in a paper. Although the ending of a paper is my “Achilles heel” of my writing, the beginning of the writings is, in my opinion, the best part. I create the opening part to be a well put, concise, and attention catching introduction to have a more likely hood viewers are more willing to read my work and eventually get engrossed into my words.
When I had first returned back to my first English benchmark of my freshman year, I was embarrassed at my flow of writing and little depth the paper had. With my revision, I included the necessary things wanted from the teacher, but I felt like the course of the paper would be off by my last additions. Other than my first benchmark, it was surreal to look at my work and realize I had done it so long ago. Well, it felt like that anyway. But a piece worth praise of mine is my second benchmark of this class, which was a vignette of a moment in my life. I chose to write about the time I got my wisdom teeth out. Now, that may sound weird or abnormal, but I put a lot of thought into the writing because it was a moment and time in my personal life, which could be memorable for anyone. It turn of all my experiences, I became comfortable with my own work, even with if I haven’t read it over before I give it to someone, I know I’ve written something with substance that needs to be looked over. And with the power of suggestion and hints to help me through writing each paper, I overcome my high head, and gained a new type of confidence in my work.
This was the first benchmark to start off the year with a Macbeth analysis. The task was so evaluate Macbeth’s behavior throughout the course of the book. Ten quotes needed to be chosen to show his evolution.
Throughout the play of
the main character, Macbeth, goes through a dramatic change. He transitioned from a kind-hearted, trustworthy man to an evil, crazy tyrant not second-guessing to kill friends.
In the beginning of the play, in Act 1: Scene 2, Duncan proclaimed Macbeth a “valiant cousin” and a “worthy gentleman.” His exact words were, “O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!” (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 24). He said this after he heard the excellent news Macbeth did well in battle. This shows that King Duncan highly regarded Macbeth. He trusted him and loved him as if he were a son to him.
Macbeth saw this affection from King Duncan and also saw him as a father. When his wife initiated the idea of killing the King, Macbeth was apprehensive about the action. Macbeth also dedicated a soliloquy about his divided feelings. The turning point for Macbeth was in Act 1: Scene 7. While Macbeth and his wife were hosting a party, they were talking privately away from the group. She had finally convinced her faithful husband to kill King Duncan. With her seduction, her faithful husband agreed to kill the king. He said to her, “ I am settled, and bend up, each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away, and mock the time with fairest show. False face must hide what the false heart doth know,” (Act 1, Scene 7, Lines 80-83.) He meant he would put aside his faithfulness to the King and murder him. He also meant, to his wife, for her to act as an innocent hostess hiding evil in her heart. At this point in the play, this was the beginning of his evilness starting to come out.
Once Macbeth put aside his dignity in Act 2: Scene 1, he let evil over rule him. While he was alone in his castle, after everyone had fallen asleep, he had an illusion of a dagger appear before him. When he had this hallucination, he said to the dagger, “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.” He was eager and ready to slaughter the man that promoted him to a higher position. This figment of his imagination shows that he has literally gone crazy and is over riding on sinful adrenalin.
Soon after killing King Duncan, Macbeth wanted Banquo to be killed. Instead of murdering him himself, he hired two murderers to kill him and his son. When he was talking to them in his dining hall he cunningly said to them, “So is he mine; and in such bloody distance that every minute of his being thrusts against my near’st of life,” (Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 116-118.) He was telling them, Banquo is his enemy and he should be the enemy of the murderers. He was explaining he hated Banquo with a burning passion and wanted to get rid of him quick. But instead of killing him with his own hands, he paid assassins to do his dirty work.
After Banquo was murdered, he appeared to Macbeth while he was hosting a party. Banquo’s ghost caused Macbeth to make a peculiar scene in front of the Thanes he was hosting. He yelled at the ghost, “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake thy gory locks at me!” (Act 3, Scene 4, Lines 51-52.) Macbeth was referring to the two murderers that killed him. That’s why he said that to the angry ghost, no one could blame him because he didn’t actually kill him. Malicious Macbeth seeing the ghost caused him to find the guilt in his heart for killing his beloved friend that turned into an enemy.
Macbeth had finally calmed down after the ghost vanished and the Thanes left his castle. He was quietly talking to his wife when he said, “I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er,” (Act 3, Scene 4, Lines 136-139.) He was stating he accepted the fact that he has killed so many people so far, if he were to confess that would be harder for him. He’d kill more people. Even after he knows he’s killed so many people, to tell the truth would be a tedious, hard way to get people to trust him again.
Soon, in Act 4, Scene 1, Macbeth encounters the witches, but this time on purpose, and he meets the three apparitions of the witches. The second apparition told Macbeth that no man born from woman would conquer him. Macbeth said back to the apparition, “But yet I’ll make assurance double sure, and take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live, that I may tell pale hearted fear it lies, and sleep in spite of thunder.” (Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 105-108.) He was making sure to make a note to kill Macduff. When Macbeth was warned, he was sure to act quickly. He had to get the assurance because he definitely wanted him to be killed and he’d take over.
While Malcolm was trying to make an alliance between him and Macduff, Macduff said to him, “Not in the legions of horrid hell can come a devil more damned in evils to top Macbeth.” (Act 4, Scene 3, Lines 56-58.) In anger, Macduff was pointing out that even the devil is not more evil than Macbeth.This was the scene when Malcolm made an alliance with Macduff to takeover Macbeth and kill him.
Before the army was going to attack against Macbeth, Angus said, “Now does he feel his secret murders sticking on his hands. Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach. Those he commands move only in command, nothing in love. Now does he feel his title hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe upon a dwarfish thief.” (Act 5, Scene 2, 17-22.) Angus was telling the truth when he said the only reason Macbeth’s soldiers fight for him is out of fear. He was saying that though Macbeth at the time was king, no one believed he deserved that position.
In Act 5, Scene 5, while Macbeth was preparing for battle, he got the news his wife died. His reaction was emotionless. He said, “She should have died hereafter. There would have been a time for such a word.” After killing, Duncan, Banquo, Lady Macduff and her children, Macbeth had no remorse for the death of lady who started the killing spree, which led him to his death. He said about his wife that he was expecting her to die soon.
At the end of the play, Macbeth is killed for his wrong actions. Turns out Macduff, untimely ripped from his mother’s womb (C-Section birth), could kill Macbeth. He stopped the man who, at first was a trustworthy gentleman, that killed the ones closest to him. The main character, Macbeth, was a benevolent dictator that had the slightest bit of suggestion for more power. He took that chance, and the path he ended at was death. Shakespeare, the author of
, has shown a lesson to his readers for hundreds of years. The evolution of Macbeth is to show readers that letting power overrule oneself is not good for the heart.
After a unit full of reading famous authors’ vignettes, there was a chance to make a personal one.
Pow Pong Di Tha Pur-Ger-Ry Tak?
(How Long Did The Surgery Take?)
I woke up with a blasé attitude, sleep in my eyes, and no realization what was on my agenda for the day. I did the daily routine of brushing my teeth, choosing my clothes, and taking a hot, sizzling shower to wake me up. I was relaxed. I was ready to tell everyone about my surgery when I got home. I was not ready for what was about to happed in just a few short hours.
When I sat myself in the office my anxiety sprung like a fever. Upon waiting my turn to get called two people came out from the behind the office’s doors. One boy, had gauze in his mouth, tired eyes, and the want to get in bed. Then second person, who was a girl, came out unable to catch her balance, mumbling uncontrollably, and highly absent minded. I thought she definitely got the laughing gas. But non-the-less I believed they had just gotten the operation I was about to undergo.
Soon after the loopy girl left, I was called to my doom. I settled down in the big chair I was shortly about to be unconscious in and waited for the doctor. To my surprise he was a comical doctor that seemed ready to rip out my teeth. He went over his procedure with my mother and I, and I was assured a quick, well recovery.
Through my nervousness, I forgot to take off my hoodie, so I had to roll up my sleeve and had the IV inserted into my left arm. The doctor never let me count my sheep before letting me enjoy my drugged sleep. I was out like a small flame hit with water.
I woke up to jovial talking, but I couldn’t decipher what was being said. The moment was vague, blurry, hazy, but still sedated, was I stumbled out the doctors office. All I knew was my wisdom teeth were taken out, my mind wasn’t working, and I needed to find some place to lie down quickly.
The car ride was the only obstacle from getting me home, then, finally I would be in a bed. With a gauzed stuffed mouth and sedated mind, I tried to ask my mom how long did the surgery take. Though I said the sentence in my mind right, it didn’t come out the same way when I said it. Every time I tried to say it clearer the only way it came out was, “Pow pong di tha pur-gur-ry tak?” Though she could barely interpret was I was trying to say she told me to fall asleep. Still, I persisted to ask and she confirmed it only took no more than 30 minutes. I didn’t believe her because I thought I was out for hours. But I accepted that it only took a half hour to remove my teeth and I merely fell asleep.
Arriving to the house, I was ready to get into bed. But, I was sedated and I couldn’t walk. Still tipsy, I tried getting to the front door. I successfully got there and was ready to walk upstairs to a bed. I was guided to my mom’s bed and that’s where I stayed. I was comfortable. I was sedated. I was asleep. But I had to be woken up several times for medicine, soup and ice. I couldn’t swallow any pills because my tongue was numb, I wouldn’t eat soup because my lips were numb, and I couldn’t just hold an ice pack on my face because I was too sleepy. So, each attempt was a fail. The alternative way to take my medicine was ground up pills in apple juice. There was no alternative way to eat soup nor for ice on my face. Once my medicine was down my throat, I was sleeping again.
I finally woke up around midnight and I could think, talk, and walk straight. But I did not know how to make soup. And that was the only food I was limited to. I was too lazy to read the back of the can, nor could I understand it. I tried my best to compute a reasonable time for the soup to warm. Surprisingly, it came out to a well temperature. The taste was bland, but satisfying because I hadn’t had anything to eat all day. For the next two days, I could only eat bland, tasteless, non-expiring Cambell’s Chicken Noodle Soup.
Upon my actual mouth not feeling well enough to talk, my “online-social” mouth didn’t feel like talking either. The time of my recovery was not spent informing loads of people I had my wisdom teeth being out, but catching up on missed TV shows, sleeping, and taking painkillers. Hulu was my new best friend. If I wasn’t eating or watching TV shows, my bed was occupied. Facebook and iChat had not crossed my mind. Yes, I do have to admit I did visit them, but I didn’t stay long. I was too concentrated on watching TV.
My recovery was the perfect time to get away from my social life. The more my mouth hurt, the less I felt like talking to others. The stress of my social life was passed and I was liberated. Despite my pained mouth, it made me realize I have to slow down and stop talking. Friends could wait, I needed to
. My mouth in reality controlled my “online mouth” and it felt content with that. So was I.
The job was to compare and contrast Odysseus, from the Odyssey, to another character in either another text or a form of an outside source. The figure, evaluated to Odysseus is Everett from the movie “
Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”
Two characters, Odysseus, from
, and Everett, first name being Ulysses, which is Odysseys in Latin, from the movie
O Brother Where Art Thou?
, mutually share some of the same traits. Everett’s life takes place in the early 1930’s and Odysseus’ adventures date back to 800 B.C. Although Odysseus’ and Everett’s lives were set in different periods of time, they share some of the same attributes that cause their journeys home to be quite the odyssey.
Unlike Everett, Odysseus was on his way to his home, Ithaca. Everett was escaping from captivity in jail. Odysseus left the destroyed island of Troy with twelve boats of men and enough supplies for his trip home, on the sea. Everett left prison with the black and white striped clothes on his back, two dimwitted men, and the shackles of the chain gang. So, already Odysseus had an advantage leaving his corrupt destination. The way Odysseus had to get around was by boat. On the contrary, Everett used a car, which, depending on the place of departure and place of arrival, can be a better mode of transportation. Nonetheless, Everett started out knowing he would have a course of trials and tribulations, on the other hand, Odysseus started out having in mind a simple travel on the sea to his home. Through the ways they travel, it shows what time of history they are in, which highly affects their travel.
Even though they both differed in the amount of man power, supplies, and modes of transportation, they had the abilities to negotiate and lie. For instance, Odysseus said to Circe, “ Mount your bed?....Not until you unsent to swear, goddess, a binding oath you’ll never plot some new intrigue to harm me!” (Book 10, lines 380-383). At that she had no choice, either she could live with over two dozen swine, that were previously human flesh, or take the one she had fallen in love with to bed.
So, she chose to take Odysseus’ deal, and as a result, he kept his word and slept with her. Even though Odysseus was married, he slept with a witch goddess for his men. In addition to him bargaining with Circe, he used his craftiness with the cyclops, Polyphemus. He proclaimed his name as Nobody to Polyphemus. In the long term, introducing himself as Nobody worked out, when he stabbed the giant’s eye. The Cyclops shouted that, “[Nobody] by force and not by fraud!” (Book 9, lines 455). This caused him to not receive help, because “nobody” hurt him. But that “nobody” was Odysseus himself. Similarly as Odysseus bargained with Circe and lied to Polyphemus for his grand get away, Everett also did the same to a blind man. When he introduced himself to the visually impaired man
, he introduced himself, the two of his men, along with Tommy, the guitar accompanist, as the Soggy Bottom Boys, who were supposedly negroes. He did this because if he and his boys performed a good song, they would get 10 dollars each. After they completed the man’s requirements, Everett said there were six men in this band and therefore they received twenty dollars more from the blind man. Furthermore, Everett used a lie to him get other men to find his “treasure”, when, in fact, it was to help get back to his wife. Those men ended up being Pete and Delmar who took a break into the deal. So, both men are masters of trickery and getting their way by telling a falsehood.
Just as the men had the qualities of deception and lying, they both had reasons for it: to get home to their wife and child, or in Everett’s case, children. At Odysseus’ abode he had his wife, Penelope, and his son, Telemachus, waiting for his arrival. Everett had seven kids, one baby that he wasn’t informed about, and his wife, Penny. Along with having a family, both had to deal with one-eyed obstacles. Everett had to deal with a mono-eyed Bible salesmen, who beat him and his friend Pete, left them stranded with no car, and took their money they received from George Nelson. Odysseus had his own cyclops to deal with, Polyphemus, who he subsequently blinded and escaped from. Other than both of them having the same task in mind to get home and dealing with one-eyed figures, they both are self-concerned. When Odysseus left the cyclops he made sure to let him know who blind him, “
[the] Odysseus, raider of cities, took [his] eye.” (Book 9, line 55). Just as Odysseus wanted the recognition of blinding a man, Everett was always concerned the long stranded dead skin cells on his head. He used a special hair treatment, Dapper Dan. Although Odysseus wanted to be credited for causing a Cyclops to be visually impaired and Everett loved his Dapper Dan hair treatment, they both show that they want to sustain a high self-image over anyone else.
Odysseus and Everett both share wits, cockiness, and the tas
k in mind for them both to reconnect with their families. The main cause for their odysseys’ was to get home and be reconciled with their wives and children once again. But they both had different occurrences in their paths home, and the way they got home had a lot to do with the time periods they were based in. The early 1930’s and 800 B.C. had many differences, along with Everett and Odysseus.
The job was to show Macbeth’s transition throughout the book with ten quotes picked out of the whole story in a creative, visual way. There's photo transition video with a monologue voiceover.
THIS IS THE LINK TO THE VIDEO
Because the credits in the video go too fast because of technical problems, here's the written monologue.
The King’s presence surprised me after I came off the battle field with the thick, red gore of the enemy, staining my skin. He exclaimed me as a valiant cousin and a worthy gentleman as he opened his arms to me as if I were his child born from the womb of his wife. I felt like a prized Thane of the Scottish land that was highly regarded of.
When I left the company of the King, three witches crossed the path Banquo, a compadre of mine, and I were walking. They prophesied me to be the Thane of Cawdor and then the King! Staggered at the news, I was then encountered by Angus and Ross who then pronounced me the new Thane of Cawdor. Stunned, I could only write my wife about this promotion.
My wife suggested that I kill the King to become the novel reign of Scotland. Apprehension came over me like the ocean on the shore about this idea. But I questioned myself about how much power I wanted. Since I had just become the Thane of Cawdor, why not step up to be the King? So, I was settled about this devious scheme I was going to pursue. I told my wife to go away and mock time with her fairest show. No one would have the knowledge that my wife and I slaughtered the King.
That night when it was the Kings turn to meet heaven or hell, a dagger appeared before my eyes. I questioned myself, is this a dagger I see before me? I asked it to come it me, and let me clutch it. When the midnight bell rang, Duncan’s body would be massacre in my own castle.
In the King’s sleep, I slit his throat and stabbed the heart that moved me so. I looked at the King lying in his own vital fluids. But I needed someone else dead. Banquo.
He started getting suspicious about me killing the King and I needed him gone. Instead of killing him myself, I hired two murderers to do the bloody job for me. After the job was done, Banquo’s ghost appeared to me while I was hosting a dinner. I was seen as an outcast yelling at this ghost. Thou canst not say I did it, the ghost could not shake thy gory locks at me. I yelled at the ghost to flee at once and then I got calm.
I realized I was in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more. Returning would be a tedious as going again. I continued with the my massacre and was told I didn’t have to kill Macduff. Though he was not a threat, I would slay him myself. I need Macduff slaughtered, but he was fled to another country.
Little did I know that he and Malcolm were making an alliance against me. They said not in the legions of horrid hell can come a devil more damned in evils to top I. They also said those who I command; move only in command, not in love. I was appalled at accusations.
Soon, before the battle began, between Malcolm, Macduff, and their men, and I, my wife killed herself over the guilt eating away at her mind. The turning point for me was fighting Macduff in the woods. I could not be hurt by any man woman born, but Macduff was untimely ripped from his mother’s and he kill---LONG LIVE MACBETH!
Through the stretch of the year, two books had to be read on personal time and a lively review had to be produced on each. This book represented is “The Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins.
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Here's the written part of the review.
was the last book in Suzanne’s Collins trilogy
The Hunger Games
. The debut was August 24, 2010 and initially had a 1.2 million printing schedule that was bumped up to an extra 750, 000. Entertainment Weekly and Romantic Time advertised the last offamous trilogy before it’s release.
Katniss Everdeen, Gale, and Peeta are the three main faces in this story. Katniss, being the “mockingjay” of the anarchic movement in this nation, paved the way for more people to join in to evolve their society into a democratic nation. Gale and Peeta are her lovers in the book, who’ve been childhood friends of hers. A big theme is to fight for what one believes and make your dream become a reality, but not to forget about the inner emotional stress that goes along with that dream becoming true. Katniss, being a teen, had such a big role in society has a relation to teens today who struggle with everyday battles and may feel like the world’s fate is one their shoulders.
is favored because the eloquent description and explanation of events is woven in so well, it’s like a movie in the brain. An exciting one at that, but since it’s the last book of the trilogy, this was the author clarifying any unanswered questions because the previous book had a huge cliffhanger. Nothing can really be changed about the endnote of writings, because it’s the author good bye to the reader.
In the course of the year, journals prompts were introduced in the beginning of the class.
Journal Prompt #1: Why write? What the point?
I think the human race started writing to record history so they wouldn’t be forgotten to the known generations after them. Writing was quite important and a necessary tool. We wrote the struggles we had in the past, so the reflect wouldn’t reflect the disasters. And so far us beings have evolved to electricity. So, now, things can be copied and written fast than any hand can write. That is, if you’re nifty with a 21st century computer. In was the writing down of information that caused human beings to create the idea of computers and electronics. Other than information, creative stories are passed down through generations to keep up with family roots. From the beginning of time, not all beings were articulate. Unfortunately, the creative writings that had eloquent feelings, couldn’t be read by all.
Journal Prompt #2: Free write
Hmm… what to write… From this unit I was inspired to get my own journal and start writing myself. Yea, I went to Staples and got a black and white composition book for $2.50. I spent my own money, so in my eyes, that was pretty expensive. My mom was proud I got a journal. It’s funny because she wrote a lot when she was in highschool, and still has some of her journals from college. When I free write, I drift on and on to other stories that don’t connect to the beginning. And that frustrates me, so I don’t write a lot. I never know what to write. Then once I start, each sentence has nothing to do with the previous, but at the moment, it all just matches up. On a good note, I got to feed the homeless for Thanksgiving. Felt good to do something on a day that widely just in a home with a lot of delicious food. What else to write…
Journal Prompt #3: How important is it to fit in?
Fitting in. I’m not going to lie and say I don’t care about fitting in. I think fitting in saves a person that stress of being talked about. All my life I’ve never really felt accepted. I’m usually talked about consistently or rejected. In elementary, I never fit in. I was always an outcast that loved to write. There were so many cliques that I didn’t fit in, so I had no friends. Either I was too ugly and just plain weird. My brother never helped me at all. Then I changed schools. Sixth grade was a new start for me. Wrong though. I didn’t fit in at all. It took a full three years for people to finally accept how I worked and my quirky ways. See, this school was filled with white suburban kids that have known each other from birth. Though I had a couple friends to talk to, I felt that wasn’t satisfying enough. But then I realized, everyone is not going to be my friend and my two REAL friends were enough. That’s was gave me joy, and so I was content with that. I could be “buds” with everyone else. I still had a smile on my face with my life still going. Now that I’m in highschool, it’s just a diverse school and there’s many people I’ve become friends with. I enjoy life a lot more with a smile on my face everyday. I think fitting in is important because you can network and actually meet cool people. I’ve come a conclusion that life is about finding those people who accept you for you, and that’s what I’m doing.
Journal Prompt #4: How was winter break?
Sleep. That’s mostly what I did. Other than getting my wisdom teeth out. And, yes, it hurt a lot. Shill hurts as I write. But I’m all well and good. Oh, I also saw a movie with the family. It was called True Grit. I didn’t know what it was about initially, but it’s a western! The film was about a young girl wanted to avenge her father’s killer. As she foreshadowed in the beginning of the movie that she would kill her father’s killer, she does kill Tom Cheney. I highly recommend it. Also, I slept through New Years. And that’s how my winter break went.
Journal Prompt #5: How does your environment shape the person you become?
I think that…it shape someone how they talk, react to situations in life, and the base of their personality. Like, for example, private school kids, based on experience and generalization, they are mostly likely to get into drugs and alcohol because they are, for the most part, restricted from in highschool. The worst rebels come of strict homes or authority figures. From my experience, drugs, mainly talking about weed, or alcohol aren’t a big thing. It’s kind of a usual. When a person finds out people smoke weed, one isn’t really surprised. Or alcohol for insistence. I could basically use the phrase, “Ain’t no thang but a chicken wang,” because it’s that trivial. And for the most part, if one has been exposed early, can probably control themselves in college.
Journal Prompt #5: What were you feeling when you read the word "nigger" last night? What are your thoughts about using the word in general?
The use of the word doesn’t really affect me. And using it in that terms makes sense. Since the book (Kindred) is based in 1815, and the words was used frequently, it just makes sense. No one can get around the fact that the word was said heavily during that time and therefore it seemed right. It’s not like we can ignore human history and what was said. It’s just good no to forget so it doesn’t start again and we know how to avoid it.
A Greek mythical god or goddess had to research. This included a myth about the certain god or goddess and a written response. This goddess portrayed is Artemis.
Artemis, sister of Apollo and the daughter of Leto and Zeus, was the goddess of the hunt, wild animals, the wilderness, and fertility. She was born on the island of Ortygia along with her twin brother, Apollo. Her symbols were the silver bow and arrow and a silver chariot. Artemis was a fierce goddess that would punish any who disobeyed her commands. Though she was an intense goddess, she valued her purity and wished to her father that she had eternal virginity. The wilderness goddess was granted six wishes from her father on her third birthday. Not only having eternal purity, but a bow and arrow just as her brothers, freedom from dressing as a lady, the job of bringing light to the world, sixty young nymphs as her companions, and for the mountains on earth to thrive and live.
Upon being one of Zeus’ children, Hera loathed Artemis. She resented that her husband paid so much attention to the young, pure goddess’ beauty and not her own. Plus, Artemis hated love, which resulted in her not liking Aphrodite. So, Hera, Aphrodite, men who loved her and men who tried to rape any of her prized nymphs, and anyone who tired to harm her mother were her enemies. Though she hated men who love her, she did have a lover of her own that she accidentally killed. Her brother being envious of the attention she gave to her love, Orion, caused this. In the result of his death she shot him up in the sky and he became a constellation Also, her Roman name is Diana.
An example of an enemy of Artemis would be Niobe. She was the queen of Thebes, the wife of Amphion, and had seven handsome sons and seven beautiful daughters. Therefore, having fourteen children she boasted to Leto that she was superior because of her prosperity in childbirth. Apollo finding this out called to his twin sister. In a matter of minutes the boasting queens family was destroyed. Apollo slaughtered her sons with seven of his golden arrows and Artemis murdered her seven daughters with seven of her prized silver arrows. Amphion, at the grief of his sons, committed suicide, and Niobe’s sorrow caused her to turn into stone.
Since there is no record of any myth pertaining to this plot, the moral must be to not boast about the great things one has because it can easily be taken away in second and can result in self deterioration. This is showed by Niobe weeping for the deaths of her beloved children. She wept so much she turned into stone, which was placed in her native land. Another person affected by her decision to brag was her husband. Who took his own life.
Niobe, a mortal, felt as though she could take pride in having more children than Leto, a goddess. First, where she went wrong was going against a god, second, none of here children were gods, just humans, and Leto’s children were Artemis and Apollo. These twins had unlimited amounts of power to do just about anything. Many Grecians probably liked this story to show that everything isn’t supposed to be bragged about, cherished.
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