Day 5

Mythology Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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...

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