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Compare and contrast the theme of "fathers and sons" as depicted in the Bible, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid.

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Classics in World Lit.

Lesson #1

1/ Compare and contrast the theme of "fathers and sons" as depicted in the Bible, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid.

The theme of "fathers and sons" is depicted in similar forms between these three readings. In all of these works we see that there is a great love, loyalty and admiration between all of our fathers and their sons. In The Book of Joseph from the Bible we see that Jacob, Joseph's father has come to favor him and his younger brother Benjamin more so than the other eleven children. This favoritism causes great jealousy and animosity amongst the other brothers and they plot to get rid of Joseph, which they do by selling him to the Ishmaelites. The brothers return home with a bloodied coat of Josephs, leading their father Jacob to believe that his son has died a horrible death. This tragedy causes great grief for Jacob who becomes even more overprotective of his son Benjamin. What I find hard to understand is why Joseph never had the urge to escape his captors or even in all of his travels prophesizing he was never compelled to return

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