King Acrisius goes to the oracle at Delphi and he find out that he will not have a son but his daughter will give birth to a son who takes his life. King Acrisius tried to make certain Danae never has children. One day Danae gave birth to the son of Zeus. Danae tried to hide Perseus from her father but he found out. King Acrisius put them in a chest and threw them out to sea.
Meeting with a Mentor
Polydectes, who ruled the island, fell in love with Danae and tried to force her to marry him. Perseus defended his mother so bravely that Polydectes decided he had to get rid of him. Pretending he was going to marry another princess, Polydectes, " Alas i am too poor to bring a gift for a ruler and his bride " . And Polydectes said "then i shall tell you of a gift you can win for me but i do not know if you are brave enought to get it " " tell me what it is, and i promise i shall get it for you, " said Perseus . " i do not lack for bravery
Crossing the Threshold
Perseus knew that this feat was impossible for one man alone. Medusa was one of the three gorgons - huge hideous winged creatures.
Tests, Allies, and Enemies
Fortunately for Perseus, a goddess and a god overheard that conversation, and not long afterward they appeared to him and offered him their help. First Athena flew down from Mount Olympus, holding her dazzling shied of brass. Athena gave it to him to use as a mirror. Hermes flew down and said i shall be your guide , he said " and also help you over come the terrible Medusa. Here is a sword that can never be broken, not even by the hard scales of Medusa's neck.
Perseus says " now i must be on my way to slay Medusa and bring back her head. "
Hermes said "Follow me, and we will begin the long journey. " Hermes guided Perseus to the gray land, where it was always gray twlight. At last they found the shriveled old Gray Women, who had swan like bodies and human heads, but only one eye among the three of them.