FC: Perseus By: Naya Ankersen Regan Fine
1: Perseus The story of Perseus and Medusa by: Naya Ankersen Regan Fine
2: Once upon a time there lived a King who had a daughter named Danae. Although he was blessed to have her, he had always dreamed of having a son. He traveled to Delphi asking several Gods if there was any chance of him getting a boy. The Gods told him no, but in fact his daughter would have a son that would kill him instead.
3: The King couldn't have this happen so the only thing he could think of to stop this was to build a house underground where he would put her to live. He made the house of bronze and built it so part of the roof was open to the sunlight. Months went by and the princess grew tired until one day a shower of gold came in through the roof and filled the house. She knew it was Zeus coming to give her a child. Danae was able to hide her son for a little while but was eventually discovered by the king. The sons name was Perseus.
4: Although the King was furious, he didn't have the heart to kill the son. Instead he had a chest made for two and threw his daughter and grandson in and set them off to sea. They eventually landed on an island and were discovered by a fisherman. He and his wife took in Danae and Perseus and cared for them like their own.
5: Danae was seen by the ruler of the island, Polydectes, who was the brother of the fisherman. He fell in love with Danae, but didn't want the son so he made a plan to get rid of him. One day he announced he was to get married and held a celebration at his home. Everyone was to bring gifts but Perseus was the only one that showed up with nothing. He had heard that Polydectes talking about the gorgons that lived on the island and how much he wanted the head of one. At the celebration Perseus announced he would go get one for Polydectes. Perseus fell into the rulers trap.
6: Everyone knew not to go near the gorgons because they turned men to stone by making eye contact with one of them. Finding the gorgons was a death trap. Perseus however believed he could do it so he set off to do just that. Luckily for him he had two Gods, Athena and Hermes, watching over him to keep him safe.
7: As he walked around, he ran into a strange and beautiful person that held a wand of gold with wings at one end, and a winged hat and winged shoes. He then knew it had to be Hermes. He told Perseus that he needed to be ready to attack Medusa with certain items and need the Nymphs’ hat of the North. He was told to take the one eye of the Grey Woman, until all three of them told him wanted he needed to know.
8: He went to the country of Hyperboreans, and the Nymph’s showed him great kindness and gave him what he need. He received winged sandals, a magic wallet, and an invisible cape. He was ready to go defeat Medusa with the help of these items and Athena’s sword and shield.
9: When Perseus reached the Gorgons, they were asleep. He hovered above them in his winged sandals while only looking in his shield. Athena showed him which one was Medusa and she helped him cut off her head with the sword. He then put Medusa’s head in his wallet and headed back home.
10: When he got home, he fell in love with the princess Andromeda who was soon to be sacrificed. He saved her and asked for her hand in marriage. After this Perseus went to kill the king who wanted to marry his mom. He held up Medusa’s head in front of the king and his friends and turned them all to stone.
11: Perseus, his new wife, and his mother decided to go back to Greece to see Acrisius. They soon found out that he had been driven away. Perseus decided to join in an event in the games. He did discus and when he threw the disk, it went all the way to the king and killed him.
12: They all were free of worry and loved their new lives of living life freely.