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Lesson: 120

Assignment: Write a one to two page paper describing your favorite character in one of the previous reading assignments from this class.




The Pygmies is the name of a chapter in the book Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorn.  The story is about a group of very small people only a few inches tall, living in a plain next to a Giant named Antæus. It is found on pages 29-43 in the book Tanglewood Tales.

My favorite character was Antæus. He is described as having one giant eye the size of a cart-wheel. He was so tall that he used a huge tree as a walking stick. He had a large beard and was taller than the clouds. 

The reason I liked Antæus so much is because he was very kind and good-natured. He would help keep the Pygmies safe and do all sorts of nice things for them. He would use his shadow to keep them cool in the summer and he sometimes lie down and let the little children climb all over him. He did not try to rule them even though he was so big he could have made them serve him. He let them make their own decisions and choices. When they had battles with birds-of-prey he would come and help them shoo the cranes away. They were very annoying little people at times and I loved that Antæus did not get mad at them and kept his self-control. They sometimes would take credit for his deeds but he would still love them all the same. I really liked his compassion.

He was killed by Heracles when he was in the process of doing his 12 famous labors. The Pygmies are really to blame. They told him that Heracles was coming to challenge him and kept persisting so much that finally he had a fight with Heracles.

Now, there is something that I did not tell you about Antæus. Every time he touched the ground (because he was the son of mother earth) he grew stronger and stronger. Heracles was having a hard time fighting him until he discovered that trait. All Heracles had to do was pick him up off the ground and then Antæus became so weak that Heracles was able to kill him.

That was a sad part of the story. I really liked him and then suddenly he was gone. The Pygmies made Heracles apologized though so that made me feel a little better.

Disclaimer: This story is a re-told Greek Myth. So none of it is true. I would recommend that you read Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorn. 


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