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Katie Beth Hill

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Transcript of Perseus

Background The Return Allusion 1 Allusion 2 Sources: The Quest Danae was a very beautiful woman who was admired by many people. Danae caught the eye of King Polydectes and he wanted her to be his wife. Polydectes knew that Perseus would stand in the way of him marring Danae. Perseus was fooled that the king was going to marry some other lady and he wanted to get him the best wedding gift. Taking into consideration his favorite story, Medusa, he promised to bring the king her head. Knowing that this was an almost impossible task, Polydectes agreed. Soon the god Hermes came and gave Perseus a pair of winged shoes and told him where and how to get weapons to kill Medusa. Perseus successfully killed Medusa. Before Perseus: On the way back to the village Perseus saw a lady who looked like she needed help. When he got closer he learned that the lady had insulted Poseidon's daughters saying that her daughter was more beautiful. In return Poseidon sent a sea monster to eat the girl. Perseus saved the woman's daughter but in return took her to be his bride. When Perseus returned to the King's palace there was a ceremony going on, with his mother as his bride. Furious that he was tricked Perseus screamed for his mother to shut her eyes, turned his head, and pulled out the head of Medusa. Perseus was very happy at what he had done but his mother was not as thrilled. Perseus One allusion to the myth of Perseus is in the book Perseid by John Barth. This is an allusion to the myth of Perseus because it retells the story of Perseus, yet it just modernizes it. Another allusion to the myth of Perseus is in Rick Riordans fantasy series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This is an allusion because the protagonist Percy Jackson who is the son of Poseidon, is named after, and has similar characteristics and traits as Perseus. http://artaumonde.blogspot.com/2010/09/john-william-waterhouse-1849-1917.html
Allusion 4 Another allusion to the myth of Perseus is in the movie "The Clash of the Titans". In this film Perseus was loosely adapted. This meaning the plot line was very loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. Avenger Still Before Perseus: King Acrisius of Argos had a daughter named Danae who was ready for marriage. Acrisius was unsure if he was ready for this so he sent a messenger to the oracle at Delphi. In return he got news that his daughter will have a child that will someday kill Acrisius. So, the king locked his daughter in a tower so no one would marry her. One night he saw the tower light up very brightly from the inside and he took some of his guards over to the tower with him to check on his daughter. Perseus Arrives: When King Acricius arrived at the tower he heard the sound of a baby crying inside. Since the tower had been built with no doors or windows, the only way to get in was to beat down the side until it breached and the soldiers and king could get in. Perseus is Introduced: When the soldiers and the king got to Danae she was nursing her son Avenger (translated in Greek is Perseus). The king first thought about murdering the child and the mother but then he had another thought. He thought that surly the gods were looking over the baby and it's mother so he sent them on a boat and if they landed on dry land then they were most likely being watched over by the gods. The Journey Across the Ocean: Land Ho! Danae and Perseus landed on an island and were greeted by friendly people. Perseus grew to be a strong fearless lad who loved to swim, hunt, and fight. The Truth: Perseus loved to hear stories that his mother told him. Soon he learned his background. While his mother was locked away in the tower a god appeared to her who was pure as light. The man came back every night and that man was Perseus' father. Allusion 3 Also, some comics alluded to Perseus. Some of these would include: Clash of the Titans, and Wrath of the Titans. These allude to Perseus because the plot lines are loosely the same. His mother grabbed Perseus and walked him over to one of the stoned people. Perseus was looking into the face of a terrified man that was turned to stone while his mother explained that he was looking in the face of the man who locked her up in the tower for so many years because one day his daughter's son would kill him. Later that day Perseus returned all of the items he borrowed, one of them being a shiny shield which he used so he didn't look in the face of Medusa, which permanently had the horrific face of Medusa in it. Later that night it was not Perseus' mother's wedding but his own which he enjoyed. My Allusion: My allusion is a modern day cartoon to the story of Perseus. This is an allusion because the plot line of the cartoon is mainly the same as the plot line of the myth.
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