Plot Summary: Athena and Arachne
Arachne was a gifted weaver. Her tapestries were admired by people all over the world. She would weave day and night. She boasted about being a better weaver than even the goddess Athena herself, who was the goddess of skill. After hearing Arachne's statement, Athena confronted her and a contest was planned to see who was the better weaver. The loser of the contest could never weave on their loom again. After both of them were finished with their tapestries, it was time to choose a winner. Athena's tapestry was beautiful; it showed her winning a competition between herself and Poseidon. Arachne's tapestry was breathtaking, it was so beautiful that it seemed like the images on the fabric were alive. Even Athena herself stood in awe after seeing it. Unfortunately, the work of Arachne was one that showed the Gods' past embarrassments. Athena and the viewers did not take the offense lightly. They rejected her work and made her the loser. Arachne was heartbroken at the fact that she would never be able to weave again. When she felt her guiltiness, Arachne committed suicide by hanging herself, for the guilt and regret was too much to bear for her. Athena, however, did not expect the death of Arachne. Thus, Athena pitied Arachne and transformed her into a spider, so that she could weave forever.