The Minotaur vs. Lord of the Flies

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The story of Theseus and the Minotaur is one of the most fascinating in Greek mythology. It is a story where man and beast break borders and create the unknown. The story begins when Poseidon, a mighty Greek god, gives a beautiful bull to the king of Crete. Expecting the bull to be sacrificed in the name of Poseidon, the king was infatuated by the beauty of the bull and kept it for himself. Enraged, Poseidon punishes the king by making the king’s wife fall madly in love with the bull. In result, the Minotaur was created: A half man, half bull cannibal. Mortified and disgusted, instead of killing this creature, the king created a labyrinth and locked up the Minotaur. Every nine years, to feed the Minotaur, the king would order Athens to choose seven boys and seven girls to be sent to the labyrinth. Because of the complicated architecture of the labyrinth, the youths would be helplessly lost until the Minotaur would find them and devour them. Why did Athens agree to do this? Why is the Minotaur so intimidating? Athens and the King of Crete could have treated the Minotaur as an individual, but instead they were captivated by fear. Although the Minotaur has many human features, we categorize him as a beast because we fear him: his abnormality, inscrutability and forbidden nature.

The Minotaur, aside from being too big and a carnivore, was thrown into a never-ending maze mainly because of shame and chagrin. The Minotaur was never seen; only the king, the queen as well as the cycles of fourteen youths who never lived to tell the tale, have laid eyes on this monster. If this is the case, then why do the people of Athens believe that the Minotaur exists? The Minotaur scandal propagated and evidently, it’s alluring—yet alien—story caught many of the people’s attention. Not only were the people of Athens attracted to mystery, they were affected by it as well because…...

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