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Some Were Born Great . . .

"Walcott reminds us by this parallel of the potential for greatness that resides in all of us, no matter how humble our worldly circumstances."
~page 69 of Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor

It is it interesting how so many different effects can be created simply by alluding to something outside of the immediate work of fiction--in this case an allusion to the Greek gods. This reminded me of the quote "Some were born great. Some achieve greatness. Some have greatness thrust upon them." Just like it is for people in the real world, fictional characters cannot all come from noble backgrounds, but they can still achieve great things, whether by choice or force. I guess that's what all of this really comes down to. If an author references the Greek gods when dealing with his/her characters, as Walcott did, it may be a sign to us readers that the character(s) are on the path or will go on the path towards greatness.

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