Throughout history, there have always been stories. From the myths of ancient civilizations long since past to today’s epic blockbuster movies, civilizations have used stories not only as entertainment, but as a way to convey ideas, or to pass down oral history through the generations. However, over time, as we look through these myths, books, movies, and other mediums, we find a common similarity in many of them. We find repeated patterns of situations, characters, and other parts. The patterns have been classified as “archetypes.” For instance, one of the archetypes we often see in myths, books, and movies is the “outcast.” The outcast is one who has been exiled from his home to wander the world without rest. In Greek mythology, one of the well-known outcasts is Perseus, the son of Zeus and the daughter of the king Argos however, a god once prophesied to Argos that the son of his daughter would kill him, so he sent the child in a box across the sea to wander the world forever.
Over this time, Perseus completed many fantastical quests, such as slaying the infamous Medusa. However, when he returned to his home and participated in a fighting competition, he was pitted against Argos, and accidentally hit him, thus fulfilling the prophecy. In the Greek play of Philoctetes, Philoctetes is an outcast who has been left behind by his fellow soldiers after being bitten by a snake. His wound had become so foul smelling and his cries were so irritating, that the soldiers abandoned him on an island in the Aegean Sea.
Overall, I found the movie very informational and taught me a lot without being a tedious lesson. Historically speaking, I think Argo was very accurate. About ninety eight percent of the information was on point. They recreated the events to make everything as closely as possible to the real events. All the little details from the way that they climbed over the fence to get into the embassy, to ...
Greek heroes Odysseus and Neoptolemus arrive at the island in search of Philoctetes’s bow and arrow, which a seer prophesied would end the Trojan War. The two, knowing Philoctetes would attack any of the Greeks that abandoned him, decide to pose Neoptolemus as a mistreated soldier in order to get him close to Philoctetes. But, Neoptolemus is moved by the outcast’s misery and confesses the plot and begs him to join. Philoctetes agrees to join them, but only because Heracles declares a mandate that his wound shall heal when he arrives at Troy. In the Holy Bible of Christianity, in Genesis, Adam and Eve are forever banished from the Garden of Eden, when they eat the forbidden fruit of God.
This makes humanity itself an outcast. Also, the first children of Adam and Even, Cain and Abel, bring about another tale of an outcast. When God favored Abel’s sacrifices of sheep over Cain’s offerings of his crops, Cain murders his brother in jealousy. And for his act, Cain becomes an outcast and leaves the presence of God to live in the land of Nod, a place east of Eden, where he built the city of Enoch.
Also, in William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies, Simon is seen as a social outcast. He is the youngest member of Jack’s choir, and is often excluded from certain tasks because of his age, size, and whiny disposition. Simon tries his best to help when he is needed, but often ventures out into the forest to wander in his tranquil place. There is even a point where Simon goes somewhat mad and believes he is talking to a pig’s head which he has named the lord of the flies. However, Simon is soon confused with the Beast and killed by the others.