During our time in Greece, we heard lots of stories about the Greek gods and monsters, stories of heroism and daring exploits. We thought it would be fun while we were close by in Dubrovnik, to learn more about how to write a Greek myth and write our own. This Greek myth tells about the daring adventures of Cora written by Siena.
In most of the Greek legends and stories, there is a hero, a monster, and a god but this story is different.
As the story goes…
There was once was a girl named Cora, who lived in a town unknown as the ruins of the town have been lost to the depths of history. There was a monster heading to the town seeking vengeance because the chief had killed its family for the fur to make his clothes! The villagers feared the beast, which looked like a tiger, had the strength of a lion and the speed of a cheetah.
Now the chief, he was awful, unpleasant, and dreadfully incompetent. He took all the crops and treated his people like dirt to make himself rich off the backs of his villagers. The chief, who had heard about the monster coming, tried to convince the villagers that they had to leave the village.
“We all have to leave. I can not rebuild the village by myself.”
The villagers, who were tired of the chief stealing their crops, shouted, “No! You treat us like dirt and we are not leaving our home, you coward”.
Now, Cora, she was as smart and strong as she was beautiful. She could wield a sword and she was determined to kill the beast to protect her village. At midnight, she snuck out because she knew that her parents would not agree with her plan.
After a few hours of hiking in the rocky mountains that surrounded her village, a mighty storm started. She had to take refuge. Luckily there was a cave nearby and she took refuge inside the smelly cave. She did not realize that there were animal bones on the ground! This was no ordinary cave…this was a bear cave! When she woke up, she found herself in the middle of a sleeping family of bears. For the first time, Cora felt like she was in real danger but she moved past that feeling. Using her smarts to make a plan, Cora moved the bear that blocked the entrance to the cave and tiptoed out. Cora was very happy, joyful, and grateful that she had made it out alive!
Cora eventually found her way out of the mountains and into the lush forest where she saw an apple grove with some magnificent apples. Cora remembered that she had not eaten for almost a day. Cora sat down and started to eat the apple. The last thing she remembered was the bitter taste of the apple!
When she woke up, Cora found she was in a pot. There were three wicked witches getting a knife ready. One witch had blue skin, one had purple skin and the last ugly witch had red skin.
The witches wailed, “We are the land sirens!”
“What are you going to do to me?” whispered Cora.
The land sirens wailed, “We are going to take you and eat you alive to gain your power and challenge the mighty Zeus for the throne of the gods!”
Before they could eat her, Cora discovered that the water had softened the ropes holding her enough that she could break them. Jumping out of the pot, she drew her sword. In one fatal blow, she cut their heads off.
Cora ran out of the land siren’s hut. When she got out of the apple grove (taking one apple just in case. An apple that puts you to sleep might be helpful, she thought to herself), she continued on her way.
One day later, she was there! She heard a mighty roar and there it was. The monster, which was standing on the edge of the forest behind an oak, was moving loudly hunting for its next meal! Cora quickly ducked into the forest behind an old willow tree out of the sight of the monster! She went behind the monster to its blind spot, took out the apple and jumped on to the monster’s back. Quickly, she put the apple into its mouth while he was roaring in pain. The monster fell to the ground. Before Cora could end the monster’s life she had a second thought. Was the monster so bad? The chief was very bad and the monster was doing the right thing. The chief did not have a soul or a heart for his people. All he wanted was power. When the monster woke up she earned his trust by saying, “I want to help you but let’s not kill the chief instead we will drive him out of my village.” The beast saw that Cora was tired so he let her ride on his back to her village.
When she got home, she spoke to the villagers about her plan to kick the chief out of town with the help of the monster and the poor people who had been suffering.
Cora said, ”Our chief has been taking all of the crops that you worked so hard to make. The chief has been having lavish banquets while you starve with almost nothing.”
The villagers had not thought about it like that before. With all of the anger of the villagers and the monster, they all stormed into the palace. When they finally found the chief, they threw him out and told him, “If you ever come back, we will not be this kind!”
With that, the chief left the village thinking of all the things he had done!
After that, the people said, “We need a new chief.”
They all shouted, “Cora should be our chief.” Cora became the new chief and her village thrived in her rule because she was fair and kind.