Jason's Hero's Journey
Updated: 8/24/2018
Jason's Hero's Journey
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Jason and Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts: Quest for the Golden Fleece

Lesson Plans by Anna Warfield

King Pelias sends Jason away on what he believes is an impossible task, hoping that his quest will kill him. The voyage of the Argo is truly a unique journey. Rarely does such a number of great heroes show up at the same time! The ship itself is capable of prophecy due to the timber from one of Zeus' sacred trees, and offers advice to the Argonauts in their time of need. The Argo travels all over the known world, and even encounters some of the same dangers that Odysseus must face in the next generation of heroes. Just as with Odysseus' journey home from Troy, Jason and his crew get blown off course and take the long way home. The really long way.




Greek Mythology: Jason and the Argonauts

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Jason and the Argonauts Hero's Journey

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  • ORDINARY WORLD
  • CALL TO ADVENTURE
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  • REFUSAL
  • MENTOR / HELPER
  • Jason journeys to Iolkos. He loses a sandal when helping an old woman cross the river.
  • CROSSING THE THRESHOLD
  • Because of an oracle's prophesy to beware a stranger with one sandal, Pelias sends Jason on a perilous quest to fetch the Golden Fleece from Colchis, at the edge of the world.
  • TESTS / ALLIES / ENEMIES
  • The journey would be long and arduous. Luckily, Jason was supported by the gods. He had the Argo built, which included a prophetic timber from Zeus' sacred tree.
  • APPROACH
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  • In addition to Athena and Hera, Jason is supported by Chiron before his journey, and accompanied by many famous heroes during his quest, including Hercules and the Boread twins, Calais and Zetes.
  • ORDEAL
  • The Argo sets sail for Colchis.
  • The Argo makes several stops, during which Hercules stays behind to find the missing Hylas. On one stop, the Boreads drive off the harpies that are plaguing the blind seer Phineus. Phineus helps the Argonauts make it past the deadly clashing rocks.
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  • The Argo arrives in Colchis and Jason must perform great tasks in order to win the Golden Fleece. At the prodding of Athena and Hera, Aphrodite sends Eros to shoot Medea. She falls in love with Jason.
  • Medea provides Jason with the means to yoke the bulls and the secret to fighting the dragon tooth warriors. She also gives him a way to get the guardian serpent of the tree to fall asleep.
  • REWARD
  • ROAD BACK
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  • ATONEMENT
  • RETURN
  • Jason claims the Golden Fleece! He also claims Medea as his bride.
  • Aietes, mad that he lost both the Golden Fleece and his daughter, gives chase. To avoid pursuit, Medea chops her brother into pieces and drops them into the sea. Aietes stops the chase to gather his son's remains. Zeus sends storms to blow them off course.
  • The Argo travels far, including being carried through the desert! The Argo itself suggests they travel to seek purification from Circe. Once there, Circe cleanses them of the murder of Medea's brother. The Argo is able to return safely to Iolkos.
  • Through the wiles of Medea, Pelias is killed by his own daughters. Jason and Medea leave to start their life in Corinth.
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