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Mythological Allusions

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Transcript of Mythological Allusions

Mythological Allusions in Modern Media
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Phoebe Matel Hour 3
On Stranger Tides
"Atlas holding up Our world"
Argus Security Systems
Minerva Oil Company
Pirates of the Caribbean
"Ulysses" Franz Ferdinand
"Venus" Bananarama
The mythological creature Argus had a hundred eyes. One day Zeus, who was married to Hera, was with Io. Hera went to check up on Zeus. In order to cover up his affair with Io, he turned her into a cow and told Hera that he simply found it. When Hera became suspicious she asked to have the cow as a gift. Zeus let her have the calf knowing it was the only way to keep their love a secret. Hera was still doubting and ordered Argus to keep watch of the the cow (Io).
Juno (Hera) was the goddess of marriage and family. She is also a goddess of childbirth. Juno was married to Jupiter (Zeus) and had four kids. They were Hebe, Hephaestas, Ares, and Eileithyia who is also a goddess of childbirth.
In myths, Calypso is a goddess nymph that lived on the island Ogygia. She is believed to have spent 9 years with Odysseus before he returned home after the Trojan War. Calypso loved Odysseus, but he missed his wife and son back home.
Sirens often reoccur in many mythological stories. They are described as beautiful women with bottom halves of fish. They were known to lure men to their death by singing.
Ulysses (Odysseus) is known for the story of his challenging voyage home after the Trojan War. He and his crew had to face many life threatening situations and fierce creatures like Scylla, Charybdis, and Cyclopes. In the end he was the only one to survive and eventually make it home.
Atlas was punished by Zeus to bear the world on his shoulders for eternity. This is because he did not support the Olympians as they went to war with the Titans, and this is why we see him holding the world on his back.
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Minerva (Athena) was the goddess of war and wisdom. She was the one who gave humans the gift of the olive tree in order to become the patron goddess of Athens. The city was named after her. The olive tree provided them with wood, food, and oil.
Venus (Aphrodite) was the goddess love and beauty. Every man that looked into her eyes fell in love with her.
Lamia is another character from mythology that had an affair with Zeus. Once again this upset Hera to the point where she cursed Lamia, so all her children would die. Without her kids, Lamia turned into a creature that was half serpent, and driven by maddness, she went on to kill other people's children by drinking their blood.
In the movie, Calypso is said to be a goddess bound in her human form. This is similar to the myth because she is also known as a goddess. Calypso fell in love in each story as well. In Pirates of the Caribbean, she fell in love with Davy Jones rather than Odysseus.
This book inspired the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. In the book, these beautiful woman with the tails of fish are called mermaids. Just like the myth, they use their song to hypnotize sailors and drag them to the water where they are then eaten.
Argus Security Systems is a company that specializes in manufacturing and installing intruder alarm systems as well as fire detectors. What could be more effective than a security system based off a watchman with hundreds of eyes that could easily detect someone breaking into your home or warn you of any other signs of danger?
Minerva Oil Company sells olive oils, kernel oils, seed oils, and a special mix called Minervini made of butter, milk, olive oil, and corn oil. Minerva Oil has to be the best because the olive tree that the oil is produced from was introduced by Minerva herself.
The movie is based on a girl named Juno who is pregnant at a young age. The name Juno suits this character because she is about to have a baby, and Juno was a goddess of childbirth. It is also ironic that Juno is her name because she is not married, but Juno was the goddess of marriage.
"Then suddenly you know You're not goin' home You're not Ulysses, Baby"
When Ferdinand wrote you are not going home because you are not Ulysses, he is referring to the fact that Odysseus was the only one to live and return home. Odysseus was lucky and practically did the impossible, so it is unlikely you would make it back from a trip like his.
The vampires in Twilight resemble Lamia. Like her, they suck blood from humans. In the movie the Cullens consume animal blood, but that is by choice. They will always lust for human blood. The Volturi in the book governs all vampires and kills young immortal children, just as Lamia murdered small kids.
"I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire"
The line that says "at your desire" is referencing to the desire that men had for Venus once they looked into her eyes. This song is used in commercials for Venus shaving products. Aphrodite was the goddess of beauty, and the Venus products are meant to enhance the user's beauty.
by Tim Powers
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Daedalus was a well known inventor in mythology. After he and his son got stranded on an island, Daedalus created two pairs of wings so they could both fly away from the island. He warned his son, Icarus, not to fly too close to the sun or water. He explained that the sun would melt the wax holding the wings together. Icarus insisted he didn't have to be told, but while they were flying home, Icarus flew higher and higher until he was too close to the sun. He fell to his death.
In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Flint Lockwood is an inventor like Daedalus. His father, Tim, warns Flint that it might not be the best idea to create a food generator. He invents one anyway even after his father advised him not to like Icarus, and it causes a disastrous amount of food to storm down on their small island.
In mythology, Medusa is known as an ugly gorgon with a nest of snakes for hair. She could turn people to stone with just one look; however, she was not always this way. After breaking her vows of celibacy with Poseidon, Athena cursed her to be a monster.
This piece depicts our world as a massive ball of garbage that almost seems too heavy for Atlas to handle. It was created to raise awareness for global warming and promote keeping the planet green.
by Samantha Gravatte
This picture shows Medusa fading from her beauty into her appearance after the curse from Athena. At the top her hair is free and flowing. It eventually begins to tangle and intertwine to create braids that slowly turn into snakes. This could represent the phases of her life. She was a free priestess, got into a mess of trouble with Poseidon, and finally was turned into a killing monster.
by Stephanie Meyer
Twilight Saga
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