Study Guide

The Judgment of Paris Choices

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In a story called "The Judgment of Paris" you can probably guess that some choices are going to be involved. First, Zeus chooses not to get involved with the whole affair, passing it on to Paris. Then the handsome shepherd-prince has a major choice to make when the three goddesses show up, get naked, and ask to decide who's the fairest of them all.

When the goddesses start breaking out the bribes, Paris's choice becomes even bigger. Instead of only deciding on the most beautiful goddess in front of him, he's also deciding on his entire future. Will he take Hera's offer and rule Asia and Europe? Will he take Athena's bribe and become an awesome warrior? Or will he go with Aphrodite's offer of Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world?

When Paris chooses Aphrodite, he's also choosing Helen as his prize. Later, Helen has a choice (according to some versions) of whether to accompany Paris to his homeland. Unfortunately for a whole lot of people, this choice ends up causing thousands of deaths and the destruction of the entire city of Troy. It could just be that this story is trying to show us how all choices have repercussions.

Questions About Choices

  1. Do you think Paris made the right or wrong decision? Explain your answer. 
  2. What would've happened if Paris made no choice at all?
  3. Whom do you think Zeus would have chosen if he hadn't passed the buck to Paris?
  4. Have you ever made a choice you regretted? What was it? Why did you regret it?
  5. What was the best choice you ever made? What was so great about it?

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