EXERCISE Myth-take Challenge #42

Discussion in 'REFINING WRITING' started by Lstorm, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Myths and legends could be said to be the prototypes of modern novels. They are stories in their own right, tales that were passed on for generations. Even today, some elements from the old myths remain in our stories and occasionally, they serve as inspiration.

    This week’s mythical element is: Cassandra
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    In Greek Mythology, Cassandra is a seer whom has been blessed with the ability to predict the future, but she was also cursed so that people would never believe her predictions. There are two versions of how this came to be: The first one states that Apollo, the deity of prophecy, plague and music attempted to seduce her by giving her the power, but upon learning that he failed, he spit in her mouth, thus cursing her. The other version is that snakes licked Cassandra's ears, thus granting her the power to see the future. Cassandra is especially important to the Trojan myth cycle as she is the only person who believes that the Greek troops are tricking them, but she is not believed because of her curse. She is also said to be the second most beautiful woman in the world, right after Helen of Troy.
    Your challenge is to write a story that incorporates your own take on this mythical element. The genre and setting of the story does not matter as long as the element remains recognisable.