Presentation By Rob Ballard, Lilliana Higgins, Angelina Bodner, Heath Peterson.
Hero in his Ordinary World
The Call to Adventure
Refusing the Call to Adventure
Perseus grew up on a small island with his mother, Danae, Dictys and Dictys's wife. Dictys and his wife took Danae and Perseus in to their house as they had no children of their own. Perseus's life on the island was fine until Polydectes fell in love with Danae.
Meeting the Mentor
Polydectes then held a fake wedding to trick Perseus. Perseus didn't have much to give Polydectes for a wedding gift, and so asked Polydectes what he would like for a gift. Polydectes told Perseus to go on the perilous journey to bring him back the head of Medusa, the gorgon, not expecting for Perseus to ever return alive.
Test, Allies, and Enemies
Perseus was extremely reluctant to take on this task as he did not think he could do it. No one has encountered the gorgons and lived to tell the tale. Not to mention that there were three gorgons and only one was mortal, Medusa.
Crossing the Threshold
Both Hermes and Athena assisted Perseus and encouraged him to go on the journey. Hermes gave Perseus a sword that would be sharp enough to pierce Medusa's scales on her neck. Meanwhile, Athena gave Perseus a mirror-like shield to use to see the gorgons without looking directly at the gorgons.
On the way to the island, Perseus must venture to find the nymphs of the North and the three old shriveled ladies. The old ladies gave Perseus directions to the nymphs of the North after Perseus stole their shared eye to get them to talk to him. The nymphs of the North were very gracious and gave Perseus the winged sandals, the magic wallet, and the cap of invisibility.
Perseus landed on the island of the gorgons using the winged sandals and the invisibility cap. While Hermes took Perseus this far, this is where Hermes had to leave Perseus to complete the task on his own. By this point, Perseus focus was not on the possibility of failure, but on completing the seemingly impossible task assigned to him.