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Transcript of Perseus

Character Archetype
Symbolic Archetype
Perseus had a lot of unfortunate events happen in his life, and his biggest one, the hunt for Medusa, was also his greatest adventure. Although, he did not go through that adventure all by himself. He had some special help from all sorts of supernatural creatures, from beautiful goddesses to old mystical creatures. The Symbolic Archetype that Perseus helped create was the
Supernatural Intervention
. Here is how he helped create this archetype.

1. Gods intervened in his situation.

2. The gods favored the hero, (though, in other cases, they usually do not).

3. The Gods guided the hero to justice.
Situational Archetype
Modern Version
Clash of the Titans: 2010
Perseus' story was filled with archetypal literature like characters, situations and symbols. This story had many archetypal characters, such as
The Hero, The Monster
The Villain
. The situational archetypes were also very common, like
The Quest, The Task, and The Journey.
For the symbolical archetypes, there were some common ones also like
Light vs. Darkness
Supernatural Intervention
. All these archetypes are common amongst greek mythology tales, and each story helped shape and enhance these archetypes more and more. This is how the story of Perseus contributed in developing these archetypes.
Works Cited
One of the character archetypes that Perseus helped develop is the
Monster Archetype
. In this story, Medusa is classified as that archetype. Medusa is a very well known character in Greek Mythology and she is the perfect image of a monster because of the following reasons.

1. Medusa is not human, and is greatly feared.

2. She stands in the way of Perseus's progress in doing justice.

3. She illustrates death and evil.
Quote #1
"The Gorgons were three monster-sisters whose heads were entwined with writhing, venomous snakes instead of hair, and whose faces were so incredibly ugly that whoever so much as glanced at them would be turned to stone."

This shows that she truly inbodies evil and death and is inhuman.
Quote #2
"By playing on the young man's embarrassment, the king won from him a promise to bring as a wedding offering the head of Medusa, the Gorgon."

"Furious at the deadly mission on which the king had knowingly sent ..."

These quotes imply that Medusa is surely feared by everyone, and no one would stand a chance in killing her. This also shows that this was a way to kill Perseus and stand in his way of his progress.
The Nymphs
Hermes, Messenger of Gods
Athene, Goddess of Wisdom
Quote #1
"Just when he was at his most disconsolate, when his quest seemed absolutely futile, a radiant being suddenly appeared before him....Perseus know that he was face to face with Hermes... The goddess Athene, too, had befriended Perseus."

This quote shows that the Gods came to Perseus in his time of need.
The movie:
Clash of the Titans
The Situational Archetype that Perseus goes through is in almost every Greek Mythology story, and that archetype is The Quest (or the Hero's Journey Quest). Perseus was involved with this archetype for obvious reasons, Polydectes sent him on a quest for Medusa's head. Perseus helped develop this quest because of many reasons that also contribute to the archetype.

1. The birth and past of the hero is described.

2. He was called to adventure (by Polydectes).

3. He went into this task knowing little about the monster, except that she was deadly.
Quote #1
"Danae did bear a child, for one day, Zeus himself came to her... she kept the child, a boy whom she named Perseus."

This quote supports the statement that the birth of the hero was described.
Quote #2
"Hermes could give him a sword, which the scales of Medusa could not blunt or break. Athene could give the polished sheild she wore on her own breast, and by looking into its mirror-bright surface, Perseus could avoid looking directly at the Gorgons and so save him from being turned to stone"

This quote shows that the Gods favored Perseus and helped him kill Medusa by giving him these gifts.
Quote #2
"Perseus was overwhelmed by the immensity of the task... for no one was able to tell him exactly where Medusa and the Gorgons could be found."

This quote shows that Perseus was sent on a quest knowing close to nothing.
In the movie, Clash of the Titans, the humans anger the Gods by defying them. Hades, the God of the Underworld, releases the most dangerous creature he has ever created in order to frighten them and get them to worship the Gods again. Perseus sides with the humans and joins an army in order to defeat the Kraken, and many more monsters along the way, and succeeds.
Character Archetype
For this archetype, there was no big change to the original one. Although they made a small tweak; instead of having one major monster, they made smaller, slightly less dangerous creatures on the side, like the Kraken (which in this retelling was the major monster), Medusa, deadly scorpions, and more.
Symbolic Archetype
For the Supernatural Intervention archetype, there was a big change, we had an evil S
upernatural Intervention
. In this movie, Hades threatened to destroy the whole city of Argos. This version of the story updated this archetype by switching the Gods; instead of having the Goddess of Wisdom come to Perseus in a time of need, they had Hades, the God of the Underworld, seeking to kill him and his father, Zeus. In the end, Perseus battled Hades and came out victorious, saving the lives of those in Argos.
Situational Archetype
For the Journey/Quest archetype, there was absolutely no change. All the factors that occurred in the original Perseus story (regarding this archetype) also happened in this movie. Perseus' birth was shown almost exactly as it had been in the original story. He was called upon a quest by his own anger towards Hades (who killed his whole family) as well as an army of Greek soldiers who were rebelling against the Gods. Lastly, he dived into this journey knowing only the name of this creature and that it was created by Hades.
Comparison Chart
Danae, daughter of Acrisius, gave birth to Perseus.
Perseus had help from the gods Athene and Hermes.
Perseus was raised by his step-dad and his mother on an island.
Perseus went on this dangerous quest because he wanted to make his mother happy.
Acrisius's wife gave birth to Perseus after Zeus got her pregnant.
Perseus was cursed by the god Hades.
Perseus was raised with his step-dad, mom, and younger step-sister on a boat out on the sea.
Perseus went on this quest because he wanted to take revenge on Hades for killing his family.
Perseus was thrown into the ocean in a locked chest with his mother beside him.
Perseus and his mother were found by a poor fisherman.
Perseus went on a quest to defeat a great monster.
Perseus saved the day by using Medusa's head to turn his enemy to stone.
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