What human qualities do the gods in "Phaethon" display?
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The tragic tale about Phaethon and his father perfectly explicates the dynamic between elders and youth. Apollo wants to do right by his son, but in meeting his son’s heart’s desire, he becomes the agent of his son’s tragic death. He becomes helpless in the face of his son's brazen confidence. The myth teaches sons to be humble and reminds fathers that when they send their sons out into the world, it is normal to fear great dangers that their sons must face on their own. The instability caused by the deal between father and son ultimately requires the intervention of Zeus. Does this sound like a soap opera? The Gods, though omnipotent, still have many of the same emotional characteristics as mortals. This, of course, has consequences for the mortal and God world.