The Golden Fleece Social Sensitivity

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To the Greeks, a hero was a warrior, and the ideal state of heroism was a state of war. Wars were fought not to restore peace but to win glory. If a warrior desired glory and no war were at hand, he would often instigate some sort of skirmish—a situation that recalls Jason's decision to sail to Colchis and retrieve the Golden Fleece. The dire results of Jason's selfishness and fickleness stand without comment; clearly, the call to glory that distracts many a hero from fulfilling social obligations often brings forth disastrous consequences. The Golden Fleece may stimulate student discussion about the changing criteria for the "hero" in ancient and modern civilizations.

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Golden Fleece from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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