Contrast and Comparison. Mythology. Begin with TOADS.
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Contrast and Comparison
In Hamilton’s Mythology Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and one of the three maiden goddesses of Olympus, is ascribed as the Lady of Wild Things and huntsman for the gods. (Hamilton, 31). Though I am no match for a goddess, as a high school teacher of English, I do on occasion emulate her as the master of “Wild Things.” Even though she is venerated and mighty, her association with deeds of darkness and split personality makes me thankful that I am who I am and not Artemis.
Body: three paragraphs: for each paragraph choose one of the contrasts and comparisons that you made in your diagram and elaborate upon it.
I can relate to the eminentgoddess’s love for the great outdoors. On a beautiful El Paso day, without a stack of “Wild Things’” papers to grade, you would most likely find me hiking and consorting with my dewy youths in the Franklin Mountains. Just as Artemis is usually surrounded by her hounds, mine are always found at my side. Unfortunately, I lack her skill and agility and often find myself tripping over the beasts. (32).
I, like Artemis, find myself eager to defend dewy youth. Whether it is my students or my own children, I desire to protect, educate, and assist my youth in daily battles – English assignments. (31) Unlike Artemis, I do not protect them so that they can one day be dinner on the table of the hunter.
Artemis’ split personality and ability to be “Selene in the sky, Artemis on earth, Hecate in the lower world and in the world above when it is wrapped in darkness” and her dabbling in sorcery is where my life most differs from hers.(32). I am a Christian believing in a strong connection to one God and witchcraft of any kind does not fit into my belief system. She is known for being fierce and vengeful, though I may on occasion be austere, especially when the “Wild Things” are capriciously creating havoc; I am not vengeful but quite pliant and more often desire to exonerate my charges.
As ludicrous as this comparison has been, I do feel it somewhat plausible to see similarities in my life and that of Artemis. However; I am exultant in my pedestrian lifestyle, and would rather be I than she. Her vindictive nature, split forms, and hunting occupation make her more desolate than sumptuous in my mind. For now I will continue to teach “Wild Things” instead of hunt them. Hopefully equipping them to defend with the pen which is far better than an arrow.