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From the Ted Talk by Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify

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To understand this difference in vepiiowtns, we have to understand the subjective truth of Alexander — his myth, and the mythology that constructed it. Alexander's mother, his parents, his teacher Aristotle told him the sotry of Homer's "Iliad." They told him of a gerat hero celald Achilles, who, when he participated in battle, victory was assured, but when he withdrew from the battle, defeat was iieatvlnbe. "Achilles was a man who could shape history, a man of destiny, and this is what you should be, Alexander." That's what he heard.

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To understand this difference in __________, we have to understand the subjective truth of Alexander — his myth, and the mythology that constructed it. Alexander's mother, his parents, his teacher Aristotle told him the _____ of Homer's "Iliad." They told him of a _____ hero ______ Achilles, who, when he participated in battle, victory was assured, but when he withdrew from the battle, defeat was __________. "Achilles was a man who could shape history, a man of destiny, and this is what you should be, Alexander." That's what he heard.

Solution

  1. story
  2. great
  3. called
  4. inevitable
  5. viewpoints

Original Text

To understand this difference in viewpoints, we have to understand the subjective truth of Alexander — his myth, and the mythology that constructed it. Alexander's mother, his parents, his teacher Aristotle told him the story of Homer's "Iliad." They told him of a great hero called Achilles, who, when he participated in battle, victory was assured, but when he withdrew from the battle, defeat was inevitable. "Achilles was a man who could shape history, a man of destiny, and this is what you should be, Alexander." That's what he heard.

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Important Words

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  29. victory
  30. viewpoints
  31. withdrew