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DAMON & PYTHIAS

Nationality: Greek

Genre: myth

CHARACTERS

1)Pythias: noble, falsely arrested by King, accused of plotting agaist King, asked friend, Damon, to take his place momentarily, true friend

2)Damon: noble, loyal & trusting, true friend, risks life for Pythias

3) King Dionysius: tyrant, cruel, suspicious & paranoid, touched by Damon & Pythias's true friendship

LITERARY TERMS

Setting: Syracuse, Sicily

Themes: a)friendship is one of life's most precious gifts
b)true friends should be willing to make sacrifices

External Conflict: King & Pythias

Suspense: a)will Pythias return
b)will he return on time

Dynamic Character: the King changes from a cruel, friendless, tyrant to one who is touched by ture friendship & desires to experience friendship himself