The Thropian: An Original Myth Essay

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This story took place in 1300 BC, and it was a happy time, with no word of war or hardship. The place is Thrace, in a small village on the shore of the beautiful Aegean Sea, which served as both pleasure and business for the people. It had sandy beaches for recreation, and grassy hillsides for children to play on. Also on the coast there were fishermen's docks, and small harbors for their boats.The sea was also home to the monster Thropnon. He was a sort of giant lizard, who was for the most part friendly. The fishermen saw him often, and were not afraid. The thing Thropnon loved most was to swim wildly about at the bottom of the sea, and for great distances. Sometimes there were weeks at a time when the monster was not seen, for he had gone on another one of his journeys, to no place particular. He simply loved the freedom the ocean gave him. Thropnon's only flaw was his obsession with practical jokes. He loved to bother the fishermen, but he meant no harm. He would do things like make waves with his giant tail to rock the boats, or more often, splash water at the men. Sometimes though, he would go a bit too far with the practical jokes. Thropnon was not a very smart monster. Once he tipped a man's boat, causing him to lose all fishing equipment aboard.Most men did not mind Thropnon, and simply laughed at his jokes. But one man, who lived quite close to the shore, hated the beast. And many say that is why Thropnon chose him to be the victim of most of his practical jokes. The man was Linates. Linates lived with his wife, Relin, and their son, Whillon, who was only a few years old. Quite often, as Linates was about to go off fishing in his boat, he would get to the shore only to find it out in the middle of the harbor. And he knew it was the work of Thropnon. Other times Thropnon would make waves that would wreck Whillon's newly made sand castle on the water's edge. But the young boy would just laugh and splash water at the great beast. Linates was a loving father and husband, but a very serious man. He always swore Thropnon would pay for his deeds. And soon he did.One day, Linates' family was having a picnic on the beach. It was a beautiful day, but little Whillon was sick. Thropnon saw that the boy was not himself, and tried to get him to come and play."But I am sick, Thropnon, I don't feel up to playing today," said Whillon."Leave my boy alone, he is not well." Linates tried to get the beast to leave. But this just got Thropnon going more. He snatched up Whillon, and started to toss him in the air.Relin screamed, "Thropnon, please let him down! He is not well, he doesn't have the energy today."But the beast did not listen, wanting only to get an even bigger reaction. Then, in front of both parents, Thropnon tossed the boy high into the air, opened his huge mouth, and swallowed the boy whole. Relin, not wanting to believe what she had just witnessed, walked nearer to the water."Beast, do say that was an illusion. Do say that you have not just...

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