Mythology Essay - Jennifer Thai Per 03-AP Literature...

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Jennifer Thai 08/25/08 Per. 03-AP Literature Perseus Perseus, the son of Zeus and Danae, was destined to be the murderer of his grandfather, Acrisius, but proved to be a hero as well in many ways. He rid the Earth of a deadly Gorgon, saved the beautiful Andromeda from a fearsome sea serpent, and freed the inhabitants of an island from the tyrannical rule of Polydectes. With the help from the gods Hermes and Athena, Perseus was able to retrieve the head of Medusa for Polydectes, which eventually led to Polydectes’ demise. Before Perseus was born, his grandfather, Acrisius, was warned by the priestess from Delphi that his daughter’s son would kill him. Although enclosed in an underground house, Danae soon conceived a child, whose father was Zeus. After finding out this information, Acrisius cast his daughter and grandson out to sea, in a large chest (Hamilton 147). Fortunately, for Perseus and his mother, they made it safely to an island, whose leader, Polydectes, attempted to make Danae his wife. In the effort to get rid of
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