Helen and Menelaus

Name- Helen of Troy: Tenderness was her earthly father; Daughter of Zeus and Lead Attribute or defining characteristic- Helen is best known for being the most beautiful woman. She was considered “the face that launched the thousand ships’ and was also married to the King of Sparta and they conceived five kids. Function/Significance in literature/culture- An allusion to Helen would signify her beauty. Her seizure was one of the causes to the Trojan War. Summary of Myth/

Legend,’Tate- When Helen reached puberty, she was kidnapped by the King Of Athens, Theses. Castor and Pollex, Helene brothers rescued her and returned her to her home in Sparta. Suitors from across the world represented the finest heirs to wealth and property came to Sparta to the chance to gain Helene hand in marriage. Helen chose Menelaus to be her husband and they had 5 children together. One day, the goddess Aphrodite promised Paris, prince of Troy, the most gorgeous woman in the world.

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Paris went to Sparta and kidnapped Helen hen Menelaus was away at Crete, Menelaus then sent his Greek men to look for her. They left for Troy and this caused the start of the Trojan War. Paris is killed during the War and the Greeks succeed in winning so Helen returns back with Menelaus. Function/Significance in literature/culture- An allusion to Helen would signify her Legend/Tate- When Helen reached puberty, she Vass kidnapped by the King of when Menelaus was away at Crete.

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