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The Lotus Flower
Percy Visits the Underworld
In this part of the story, Percy has left with Annabeth and Grover to find the stolen lightning that Percy has been accused of stealing. When they enter a casino looking for the bolt, they are served appetizers that contain the lotus flower. This is a major temptation that Percy is able overcome by realizing that the casino was a trap and getting his friends out of there. He does complete this step in the Hero's Journey.
Percy and his friends meet Medusa and have to fight her in order to escape. Percy overcomes this physical challenge by using a reflection to see and fight Medusa without being turned to stone. Percy then cuts off Medusa's head and puts it in a bag.
Percy goes to the Underworld thinking Hades might have the lightning bolt. He brings three pearls that can take him, Annabeth, and Grover back home. After Percy finds out that his mother isalive and wiht Hades, he realizes that he only has three pearls. Percy has to leave his mother behind. This is an emotional struggle for Percy and his darkest hour. He has to leave his mother right after he finds out that she is alive.
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