Greek Mythology Essay

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Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and the movie Clash of the Titans (1981): Two perspectives on the Tale of Peruses. Greek Mythology is well known throughout the course of history as a fantasy portrayed by many poets. As many of them have different opinions on the way the myths are told, directors and movie writers have a personal twist on the stories they film. The stories do not always match up in the Story of Peruses from the Clash of the Titans in 1981, and Mythology by Edith Hamilton have slight differences. Some of the differences between the book and the movie are Aknisius deaths, the way Medusa is portrayed, and the different appearances of the Kraken. In the quest to save his spouse, peruses sets out to go to the oracle. Acrisius is not mentioned as he gets his future told by the oracle as revealed by Zeus crushes his clay figure in the movie and in the myth Peruses accidently kills him with a discus. “Peruses and Danae return to Argos with Andromeda, but King Acrisius has gone to Larissa. When Peruses arrives in Larissa, he participates in some funeral games and accidentally strikes Acrisius on the head with a discus, killing him and fulfilling the prophecy.”(In the book pg154). King Acrisius of Argos imprisons his daughter Danae, Jealous of her beauty. When the god Zeus impregnates her, Acrisius sends his daughter and his newborn grandson Peruses to sea in a wooden coffin. In retribution, Zeus kills Acrisius and orders Poseidon to release the last of the Titans, a gigantic sea monster called the Kraken, (clash of the titans 1981). After Peruses sets out to get medusa as a prize no other human being has in the original myth, and to kill the Kraken in the movie. The only way to defeat the Kraken is by using the head of Medusa the Gorgon, who lives on an island at the edge of the Underworld. On the Gorgon's island, Perseus kills Medusa's canine guardian
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