English 9 Notes 9/20/12
1. Arete – Striving for excellence
2. Hubris – Excessive pride
3. Ate – Exceeding bounds meant for you by the universe
4. Nemesis – Price you pay for going too far
Thesis/theme: Pride comes before the fall. Daedalus falls because he has too much pride- create examples of the theme from the story, use quotes.
Daedalus had too much pride (hubris) when he envied his nephew and wanted to be better than him.
He strove to be best. He was most honored because he achieved excellence.
However, Daedalus’s arête leads him to have too much pride (hubris), for he is jealous of his nephew Talos inventing the saw before him. This (use noun here explain what your talking about. For example, use the word Jealousy) is why he tries to kill Talos by pushing him off Athene’s Temple, which is Daeduls’s act of ate—he tries to take the place of The Fates in deciding when a man dies.
Daeduls’s nemesis is when Athena with drawls her favor from him. The act of ate is why Daedalus suffers nemesis (punishment). Athene “withdrew her favor […] (1). That was not the only punishment Daeduls suffered from. He must leave Athens. However, he pays a far higher price and suffers an even deeper fall when his son falls to his death.
2nd body paragraph- need topic sentence/ transition, refer to last paragraph for transition. Not only does Daeduls suffer nemesis for hubris, so does Queen Pasiphea, thereby helping to establish the theme of pride going before the fall. Queen Pasiphea exhibits both her arête and hubris when she says. “’[…] am I not more beautiful than Aphrodite?’”(2). Queen Pashipea is showing that she is striving for beauty and she’s also going too far by saying that she is more beautiful than the goddess of love, Aphrodite.