FC: PORTFOLIO | The Story of Perseus | By: Christian Gray and Cam Ewing
1: There once lived a king named Acrisius. He learned that one day his daughter would have a son that would grow up to kill him.
2: To prevent this from happening, King Acrisius locked up his daughter, Danae in a house made of bronze.
4: While Danae was locked in the house, Zeus felt very sorry for her. He decided to visit her and ended up blessing her with a child. The child's name was Perseus.
5: King Acrisius soon found out about the child and got very angry. He put Danae and Perseus in a chest and sent it out to sea. The chest was eventually found by a fisherman named Dictys after arriving at an island.
6: Dictys was a very kind man. He took Perseus and Danae to his home and cared for them as if they were his own. Eventually Dictys' brother, King Polydectes, wanted to marry Danae but didn't want her son. Perseus was now a full grown man.
8: King Polydectes announced that he was to be married and invited everyone to a celebration. Everyone was supposed to bring the King a wedding gift. Perseus, who was very poor, had no gift to give.
9: Perseus stood up and called to everyone that he would give the best gift of all. He claimed that he would give the King Medusa's head as his gift.
10: Medusa was a gorgon that lived on a far away island. All men feared her due to her ability to turn people to stone with one look. Nobody had ever voluntarily gone to her lair before.
12: Perseus set out on the journey right away. Because he was the son of Zeus, some gods decided to help him. They told him where to go and gave him a magic sword that couldn't be bent or broken.
13: Also he received a shield that could be used as a mirror. By looking at Medusa through the shield, he wouldn't be turned to stone.
14: When Perseus got to Medusa's lair, he had to be careful not to look around. Just one glance would end his life. But by using the shield he was able to see her coming and swing the sword with all his might. Medusa's head flew off and Perseus was able to take it with him.
15: Perseus returned to Dictys and decided he wanted to return to Argos. Upon returning to Argos, Perseus joined the local Olympics. In the discus throw, Perseus' disk curved way off into the crowd and hit a spectator.
16: The spectator turned out to be King Acrisius. The prophecy was true; he was killed by his daughters son. | With Acrisius dead, Perseus was free to live happily ever after. He married Andromeda and had a son, Electryon. He would always be remembered as the hero that killed Medusa.
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