Role of the Greek Gods in Film

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Role of the Greek Gods in Film By Skyler Knopp Throughout the flourishing years of Hollywood’s motion picture industry, the Greek culture and gods have been referenced and depicted to varying degrees of success. Whether playing a prominent role, such as in the 1981 classic, “Clash of the Titans” or little more than an artistic reference in the 2004 blockbuster “Troy”, the gods portrayal in films concentrated around ancient Greek culture is significant. In ancient times, the gods played extremely prominent roles in the stories of Homer and other famous texts. Directly influencing the fates of the mortals and having fears, desires, and emotions themselves, it is fair to say that the gods play an equal part opposite the humans. This is similar to the way the gods are portrayed in the 1981 film “Clash of the Titans.” The pride and revenge of Zeus and Thetis provide the causes of the inciting incidents in the story. While Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus, is certainly the star of the film, his heroic actions are only required due to the squabbling of the gods in Olympus carrying repercussions for the mortals of earth. And while the writers and directors took relatively large liberties with the script, going so far as to give a fairly large role to the mechanical owl Bubo, the spirit of the film retains the
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