The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived before Achilles

by Padraic Colum

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1. Rewrite a scene from Jason's story, leaving out all references to the supernatural. What characters are most dependent on the gods? What characters are most independent?

2. Jason breaks many of the rules of the heroic code yet eventually becomes one of the greatest kings in Greece. Does this fate match modern standards of justice? What would you consider a more fitting fate for Jason?

3. What are Medea's motives for helping Jason gain the Golden Fleece? For helping him regain his kingdom? Write a character analysis of Medea, pointing out her greatest strengths and flaws.

4. Using The Golden Fleece as one of your sources, research and report on the status of women in ancient Greece.

5. At times the Argo seems almost human. Is the ship as important as the human characters in the story? Why or why not?

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