Perseus

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  • Perseus by Kat Sheldon
  • A long time ago there was a king named Acrisius. Apollo’s oracle foretold that his daughter’s son would murder him. To prevent this he locked his daughter, Danae, in a tower so she couldn’t have a child. Danae was in despair until one day a man, grasping a lightning bolt, came to her. He was a god. He spoke “I am a god and I desire for you to be my wife.” He turned her room into a field and she was finally happy.  
  • Acrisius saw the glow  from the window and sent guards to take down the walls. When the walls crumbled he saw his daughter cradling a small boy.  He locked them in a barrel and threw them into the sea.  They survived and arrived at Seriphos, an island where Polydectes was in power. Dictys, the king’s brother, brought the barrel in with a fishing net. He broke open the barrel revealing Perseus and Danae.
  • Polydectes learned about Danae he proposed, she shot him down. He tried to force her to, but Perseus stopped him. Because this, Polydectes sought to destroy him. He faked a marriage to a friend’s daughter. Everyone had to bring a gift, because Perseus had nothing and was unable to. Perseus told him he would bring him anything he wanted. Polydectes said he desired was Medusa’s head.
  • Perseus went to find Medusa's cave. In the woods he was met by Athena and Hermes who gave him a sickle , a shield, and Hermes' winged shoes. He then journeyed to the cave of Medusa and cut off her head. He then narrowly escaped her evil sister and flew to safety
  • Perseus then saved Andromeda, a woman chained to a rock being sacrificed to a sea monster by Poseidon, by turning the monster to stone. He then took her home and asked King Cepheus, her father, if he could marry her. Cepheus gave him his blessing and Perseus and Andromeda left for Seriphus.
  • Upon arrival at Seriphus, Perseus found out Polydectes had made Perseus’ mother his slave. Perseus flew into a rage and went to avenge his mother. Perseus broke into the palace. He shouted “Let all who are my friends shield their eyes!” He then took the head of Medusa and turned all who were exposed to stone. Perseus then ruled over Seriphus, and they lived happily ever after.
  • The End
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