Study Guide

The Judgment of Paris Golden Apple

Golden Apple

Oh, that troublesome golden apple. When Eris writes "to the fairest" on it and throws the gleaming fruit into the middle of the wedding it causes all kinds of trouble. How could something irresistibly beautiful that's intended for someone irresistibly beautiful cause so much trouble? Hmm, we wonder if just maybe that's one of points of this whole story. Could it be that this story is meant to warn people against the possible dangers of beauty? If Paris had gotten this message before he ran away with the gorgeous Helen, a whole lot of terrible things could've been avoided. To find out about other troublesome golden apples, check out "Parallel Myths in Other Cultures."

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