The King Must Die Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the connection between Theseus and Poseidon.

Theseus is told from birth that he was begotten by the god Poseidon. When he turns eight he begins his service to Poseidon and spends three years in this service. While serving he hears the god sleeping in the ocean and can hear him sigh. Theseus asks Poseidon for a sign to show that he hears him. While being bullied, Theseus stomps his foot on the ground and an earthquake begins. His grandfather reassures him that his being able to sense the earthquake is a gift from Poseidon. Although Theseus and Poseidon never speak to each other their connection is evident from these examples.

2. Analyze the relationship between Theseus and his grandfather as Theseus grows from boy to man.

It is evident throughout the first chapters of the book the love and concern that Theseus and his grandfather have for each other. When Theseus is a young boy his grandfather dedicates him to the god Poseidon in a special ceremony. Theseus' grandfather gives him guidance and reassurance throughout his youth. When Theseus stomps his foot on the ground and an earthquake begins it's his grandfather who tells him the fact that Theseus could sense the earthquake was coming is a gift and can be used to save lives. When Theseus is older and goes to his grandfather to learn the story of his lineage he realizes how sick his grandfather is but he still obeys his command to sit on a footstool. This act of obedience shows Theseus' respect for his grandfather, but it seems that the position of the grandfather as the king keeps the relationship very formal.

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