The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived before Achilles

by Padraic Colum

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1. Does the Greek story of creation in any way resemble the creation story in the biblical Genesis? How do you account for any similarities you find?

2. Why does King Pelias want Jason to seek the Golden Fleece? Does he make a direct request? What is particularly effective about Pelias's method of encouraging Jason?

3. Why is Jason's father opposed to the mission?

4. Why does the Argo stop at Lemnos? At the land of the Bebrycians?

5. What rules of heroic behavior does Jason break?

6. What finally happens to the Argo? Are you satisfied with the ship's fate?

7. Why is the Golden Fleece considered such a desirable possession?

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