KIng Acrisius of Argos was not satisfied with his daughter named Danaë. He visited an oracle that told him to never let her have a son because he would kill the king. The king then locked his daughter away in an underground house so she wouldn't have a son.
After weeks and weeks of being by herself, Zeus came down to the house and declared his love for Danaë. After a year, Danaë has Zeus's child which she named Perseus. She tried her best to hide Perseus from her father.
Soon, Danaë's father finds out about Perseus and claims that the son will kill him one day so he must throw them in the sea. Even after Danaë begged her father to spare them, he still ordered carpenters to make a wooden chest and after it was finished, he put Danaë and Perseus in it and threw them in the sea.
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After a day and a night, the chest landed on an island. Perseus, being a baby, started crying out of hunger. A nearby fisherman heard the cries and broke open the chest. The fisherman's name was Dictys and him and his wife brought them to their home where they cared for them.
Perseus grew up on the island and him and his mother were happy until Dictys's brother, Polydectes, the ruler of the island, wanted to marry Danaë. Polydectes pretended to marry another princess so he asked Perseus for a wedding gift. Polydectes wanted to get rid of Perseus so he asked for Medusa's head.
Perseus was trapped in his promise but he knew it was impossible to go alone. Thankfully, a goddess and god overheard him and offered to help. First Athena flew down and gave him a shield to slay Medusa and a mirror so he won't have to see her.