Comparison Percy Jackson to Original Myth

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In our modern world life passes around us, time flies and technology rules our time. We live in a society that is more involved in looking into the future than looking back to the past, not realizing that the past has an interesting concoction of tales and myths, that shaped the world to what it is today. That specific type of people is usually the young. Therefore, authors and filmmakers now days try to reach those generations through books and movies, which are either the representation of the myth itself or an adaptation of it in our time. For example, author Rick Riordan has created a series of books that follows the story of Percy Jackson, a demi god fathered by the god Poseidon, in our new modern age. Thus, throughout the series Percy meets the gods and mythical creatures. Furthermore, Riordan’s series became the best selling author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which lead to the making of the movie “Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief” which will be discussed and scrutinized in its relation to the truer mythological story throughout this paper. First thing noticeable when the movie starts is Percy’s affinity towards water and how he thinks it clears his mind, which makes sense since he is the son of Poseidon. Which notes the first difference between the movie and the myth, since in the real myth Perseus is the son of Zeus and Danae, and in the modern adaptation Perseus “Percy” Jackson is the son of Poseidon and a human, other resemblances between the original Perseus and Percy is that they both complete their quests either for the sake of or by the help of women. The movie also notes a great resemblance to the classical Greek mythology where gods go to earth, have fun with mortals, and as a result begets children, which might have some special abilities, which shows in Percy’s affinity towards water. Another contradiction in the movie
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