Medusa Perseus The Hero

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Medusa is a popular villain recognized in Greek mythology, she is known mostly for her serpent-hair and powerful gaze that would turn men to stone. It was said that Medusa was one of the most powerful mythological characters in history, although we know she is not based upon anybody real we have reason to believe she would have lived during the years 1400 B.C. The most known story about Medusa is the tale Perseus the Hero, this tale does not focus mainly on Medusa but Perseus the young hero who defeated her. In all myths Medusa takes part in she is depicted as a villainous monster, which no man could defeat. Although Medusa’s life was cut short her power remained undefeated and unbeaten, even after death she continued to rip away our moral…show more content…
Perseus was born son of Poseidon and Acrisius, the king of Argos. When Perseus grew up to be a strong man, he found himself in the way of kind Polydectes, who wanted Danae Perseus’s mother as his wife. Polydectes knew that as long as Perseus was around Danae would never have to marry him, knowing that he made a plan. He sent Perseus far away on a dangerous mission, to bring him back the head of Gorgon Medusa (“The myth of Perseus and Medusa”). Knowing he had a hard task in front of him, Perseus asked for help from Athena and Hermes the giant. They provided him with winged sandals to fly him to the end of the world where the Gorgons lived, a cap that made him invisible, a sword and a mirrored shield. The latter was the most important tool, because it allowed Perseus to see Medusa’s face without being turned to stone. After receiving these tools, Perseus eventually reached the lair of Gorgon Medusa and her sisters; he wore the cap of darkness and managed to decapitate Medusa using the sickle. After his victory he then used his shield to carry her head into the magic bag, for even though she was dead her head still had the capability to turn someone to stone. Stheno and Euryale woke up from their sleep but it was too late, Perseus had already flown away with his winged sandals. When Perseus cut Medusa’s head off, her drops of blood created two offspring children, named Pegasus and Chrysaor. Pegasus was a winged horse, and Chrysaor a giant. It was believed that those two were Medusa’s children with Poseidon. Perseus use Medusa’s head as a weapon for different occasions until he eventually gave the head to Athena, whom placed it on her shield. (“The myth of Perseus and

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