From small beginnings come great things

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Criterion Question 1: In what ways might a flood be seen as something that not only destroys but creates. Is the same true of other natural disasters? Take a position and use AWE (author’s words exactly) to back up your argument. (Extension: Research modern natural disasters to include as examples for support. Use APA format to cite sources.)

Deucalion, a Greek myth, retold by J. F. Bierlein, page 64-65

At a very early point in history, perhaps even before the end of the Golden age, humankind grew very wicked and arrogant. They grew more tiresome by the day until Zeus finally decided to destroy them all. Prometheus, Titan creator of mankind, was warned of this coming flood and he in turn warned his human son, Deucalion, and his Deucalion’s wife Pyrrha. Prometheus placed the two of them in a large wooden chest. And it rained for 9 days and 9 nights until the entire world was flooded except for two mountain peaks in Greece, Mt Parnassus and Mt. Olympus, the latter being the home of the Gods.

Finally the wooden chest landed on Mount Parnassus, and Deucalion and Pyrrha got out of it only to see that the entire world around them had been destroyed. From the trunk, they took out enough provision to feed themselves until the waters subsided. Then when they came down from the mountain, they were horrified. Everywhere around them were dead bodies of humans and animals; everything was covered silt, slime, and algae. The couple was grateful to be saved and they gave thanks to the Gods for their deliverance.

Zeus spoke to them out of the sky, saying, “Veil your heads and cast behind you the bones of your mother.” Pyrrha responded, “We have no mother with us, only my husband and I were in the chest.” But Deucalion knew what Zeus meant and threw some rocks behind him. For rocks are the bones of Mother Earth, the mother of all. These rocks were transformed into people who repopulated the earth.

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