Is it justified for descendants of Tantalus to have bad luck in penance for his misdeeds?
Answers may vary. Students may feel that Tantalus's actions are revolting and horrific enough to merit punishment that goes beyond just him, being "so punished... that no man to come, hearing what this man had suffered, would ever insult" the gods again. Other students may feel that subsequent generations of a person's family should not have to pay for that person's misdeeds.
Is there any reason for the descendants of Cadmus to suffer misfortunes?
From the text, it may seem to students that the reason is simply that the gods whimsically withdrew their favor after...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 893 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 7023 literature essays, 1933 sample college application essays, 289 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.