Perseus's Hero's Journey

Perseus's Hero's Journey

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  • Hero in his Ordinary World
  • The Call to Adventure
  • Refusing the Call to Adventure
  • Perseus was born on Argos, by his mother Danae and his father Zeus. Although Perseus was born in Argos, King Acrisius threw Danae and Perseus in the sea because of an oracle that stated that Danae's son would kill Acrisius. After Danae and Perseus floated in the sea for a while, they washed up on the shore of a small island which is where Perseus grew up.
  • Meeting with a Mentor
  • Because Perseus did not have enough money to get a gift for Polydectes, Polydectes tells Perseus what mission Perseus has to complete. Polydectes tells Perseus what Perseus has to do, which is to kill Medusa, a gorgon who is powerful and turns people in to stone. Perseus had to bring back the head of Medusa which is almost unattainable.
  • Crossing the Threshold
  • After Polydectes told Perseus what mission Perseus has to complete, Perseus starts having doubts about fighting the powerful Medusa. Perseus told himself that it was nearly impossible to kill the gorgon who was capable of turning people to stone. Perseus became frightened by the thought of battling Medusa, and he feared his death.
  • Test, Allies, and Enemies
  • Perseus is greeted by the messenger of the gods, Hermes, who is Perseus's mentor who guides Perseus through his journey. The mentor tells Perseus how to defeat Medusa and what Perseus will need to complete his task. Hermes gives a sword, advice, winged sandals, a magic wallet, and an invisible cap to Perseus.
  • Perseus enters the special world when he follows Hermes by flying to an island. There, on the island, Perseus and Hermes find three Gray Women passing around one eye. Those three Gray Women hold the information that Perseus and Hermes need to find Medusa.
  • Perseus's first test is when he has to get directions from the Gray Women by stealing their eye in the cavernous walls of the Gray Women's island. Perseus's allies were Athena, Hermes, the Gray Women, and Andromeda. Perseus's foes were King Acrisius, Medusa, and Polydectes.
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