Allusion #1 Mythology and Legend Achilles’ Heel Background



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Allusion #1

Mythology and Legend
Achilles’ Heel

Background: This term is from Greek Mythology. According to myth, when Achilles was a baby, his mother dipped him in the river Styx because the waters from this river gave immortality to humans. His mother held him by his heel, so that was the only place on his body not touched by water. From then on, Achilles’ heel was his one area of vulnerability. Eventually, Achilles was killed during the Trojan War when a poisoned arrow struck his heel.

Today’s Definition: A reference to a person’s area of particular vulnerability.

Sentence: For many teenagers, the heart can become their Achilles’ heel as it is easily broken and with difficulty mended.

Grammatical Concept: Use, label, and underline a prepositional phrase in your original sentence.

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