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The myth of Perseus is thousands of years old. What do you think it taught its first audiences? In what ways is it still relevant today?

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67 Responses to ““Greek and Roman mythology is quite generally supposed to show us the way the human race thought and felt untold ages ago.” — Edith Hamilton, “Introduction to Classical Mythology””

  1. alex5a says:

    This myth is such an interesting tale, and I wish she wrote it with slightly more detail. I think it taught, not only to it’s first readers, but to us, that things happen for a reason. King Acrisius was told by the Oracle that his grandson would kill him, and immediately thought it would be in cold blood. To prevent this from happening, he tried to prevent his daughter, Danae, from having a child. Even though she was imprisoned, she had a child with Zeus. She was then vanquished with the child to the sea but came to an island, where they were taken in by a fisherman. All of these things led to Perseus finally going on his heroic adventure, and killing Medusa. After this, he returned home to Greece to see if his grandfather had gotten over trying to kill him and his mother. He found that his father was not in his home city. Perseus then heard about athletic games and decided to enter, and while competing in the disc-throwing competition, kills his grandfather. All of these things are extremely coincidental, and lead to what was supposed to happen in the first place. It taught people of that time that fate was decided for them, and could not be changed. But it is still relevant today, showing how all things, tragic or not, happen for a reason.

  2. skyem3 says:

    I really liked this myth and wish it was longer. It is like finishing a very good book. The hero started at his birth drifting out at sea when a fisherman took him in and brought him to the kingdom where he was treated very well and was given the assignment to kill the sea monsters, like Medusa. After he had cleverly killed Medusa by using reflection, he returned home when he killed his Grandfather. I think that this myth says that everything happens for a reason and you have to let fate work itself out. I think it means if you give time enough time then things will work out and that nothing is really a coincidence.

    ~Skye

    • mia :) says:

      I agree! In life, some people believe that is is all paved out for them the day they are born. They think that their destinies will change the course of their lives.

  3. rebeccag3 says:

    Personally, I love this myth. It taught quite an important lesson to its readers back then, which is still quite relevant today. This myth taught people that everything happens for a reason, whether you like it or not. It definitely highlights that things happen to everyone, good and bad, and you just can’t change them. This myth shows that you can’t be upset, you just have to accept what will happen, and not worry about it. King Acrisius wasn’t necessarily a bad person wholly, he did somewhat care for his daughter, so that really shows that bad things happen to everyone – you just can’t change it. The King was mostly good, yet the gods decided his fate, regardless of his opinion. I think this myth is just trying to say one really important thing – what’s meant to be is meant to be.

  4. edenn1 says:

    Perseus, in my opinion, is a very interesting, fun to read myth. I believe that the myth of Perseus is meant to teach us that if something bad happened to you then at the end something good will happen. In this story, Perseus is tricked, by the King, into going to get the head of Medusa, along the way two gods, Athena and Hermes come and aid him to success. At the end when Perseus shows up to the King’s banquet and shows them the head of Medusa, of course, the legend of Medusa says that if you look at her you will turn into stone, and that is exactly what happened to the king and all of his supporters. Today I think this tries to tell us that we should always embark on challenging things because there may be a chance of succeeding.

    • gayatrip says:

      I liked that part when he showed up at the banquet and turned everyone to stone.

    • theMapleYay says:

      I agree! If you think you can’t do something and then don’t do it because you think you’re going to fail, there is a 100% chance of you failing. If you at least try, you have a chance!

  5. emilyd3 says:

    The myth of Perseus, though old, was very interesting and fun to read. The myth tells about how a king, Acrisius, learns that the child of his daughter will kill him, and he, to avoid this fate, locks his daughter up to prevent her from having a child. His plan backfires, however, because his daughter, Danae, winds up having a child with Zeus. When the king learns of this, he immediately has a chest made, the two placed in the chest, and has it casted out to sea. This plan, however, backfires also, because the chest ends up washing onto the shore of an island where Danae and her son, Perseus, are discovered and taken in by a kind fisherman and his wife. Eventually, Perseus grows up and, challenged by the king of the island, sets out to kill Medusa and bring back her head. After he completes this, he returns to the island and turns the king and all his friends to stone using Medusa’s head. Then he returns to the land where Danae’s father lives, only to find him not there. Upon hearing about an athletic competition, Perseus enters and, while competing in the disc-throwing competition, accidentally kills his grandfather, which was what was supposed to happen. This myth taught the people that no matter what you do, fate will always find a way to work itself out. This theme is still relevant today because so many people live in fear of the Unknown and try to prevent many things from happening.

  6. jessicap5 says:

    The story of Perseus taught its first audience that prophecies will always come true, despite taking actions to prevent them, and that things will not always go as you expect them to. King Acrisius locked hus daughter in a castle to prevent her from having a son that would kill him, but in the end he was not successful. Even though Perseus did not intend to kill him, the prophecy came true. The story also teaches that with the help of the gods, anything is possible. Killing a gorgon was considered impossible, yet with the help of Hermes and Athena Perseus was able to bring Medusa’s head home with him. The story of Perseus is still relevant today because things are not always the way they seem and you can’t judge a book by its cover. (Just like in Great Expectations.)

  7. koalaman says:

    Wow, this was quite an exciting myth and it has taught me a lot! From what I gathered, throughout Perseus’s adventures he is often faced with similar and coincidental events and this is supposed to show the reader that everything happens for a reason. For example, when Perseus and his sister try to find Acrisius he ends up being run out of town and this happens because later on, the prophecy happens when Perseus joins a discus competition and hits his grandfather killing him instantly! Also, the theme is shown when Perseus is set out to sea because instead of dying he was brought to a fisherman who raised him as if he were a son. These odd coincidences are similar and relevant life today for practically everyone. No matter what happens you have to realize that no matter how major or minor something is to your life, it happens for a reason. Even if the event has a positive or negative effect on your life, it pays to just let your fate play itself out because life seems to always have a resolution to its problems.

  8. Owl Lover <3 says:

    This myth is a very interesting and important one. It’s is not very long, and I wish there were more details because it is truly an amazing myth. Anyway, it also teaches a very important lesson to the first readers, which is still applicable today. The lesson it is teaching is that whether you like it or not, everything happens for a specific reason. Back when the Greeks believed in oracles, this was extremely important to them. The Oracle told Acrisius that his grandson was going to kill him, which Acrisius automatically assumed was going to be on purpose. So, he has Danaë and Perseus banished, basically. Eventually, Perseus comes back, hears about athletic games, and goes for the discus throwing. He throws the discus, which veers off course and kills Acrisius. Everything fell exactly into place just like the Oracle said. This is still applicable today because, although we don’t believe in oracles, we have to realize that everything happens to us for a reason. We can’t always control what happens to us and we have to accept that. This shows the Greeks’ myths are going to be filled with good life lessons.

  9. alexisb1 says:

    I think that this is a fascinating myth. I think that it thought people of that time about fate. Acrisius was told he was going to be killed by his grandson and he immediately thought he was going to be murdered. Therefore, he locked up his poor daughter. Zeus came, and they had a child named Perseus. When he finds out, he sends them away. Perseus comes back for athletic games and he enters the disk throwing. He throws a disk and it automatically kills Acrisius. In a way, I think that this story has an element of karma that people today can relate to. Acrisius thought badly of his grandson even before he was born! He thought he was going to be murdered which he wasn’t, it was an accident. I think that this story was important when it was written but it continues to be important today.

  10. hyesooj says:

    I really enjoyed this myth! Perseus, I think, can be seen as a hero, or more specifically, a Greek hero. He has done a great job on establishing peace in different areas, eliminating the evil one at a time. Perhaps the first audiences saw that at last, all the evil is gone in the story except for the two other Gorgons. The cruel king Polydectes is turned into stone, Medusa and the sea serpent are gone, and Acrisius is killed by Perseus. Through this myth, the first audiences may have been taught not to do such evil, or else they might be in a similar situation like the antagonists of this myth. Their wrong doing may lead to a severe punishment even after so many years. Most importantly, they could have been inclined to do good deeds like Perseus so that their life may bloom like an ever-lasting flower. Surprisingly, this myth is thousands of years old! However, it still reflects on the world and people’s lives today. Nothing has really changed except for the existence of sea serpent and some others. People still have the same minds, thoughts, and intentions like the characters in the world of Perseus. Some people still have no affection toward his or her own child that the child is abandoned or intended to be killed. Yet, those who are like a modern Perseus usually live a happy life. In some cases, happiness gained through morality lasts for many years, as Hercules does as a descendent of Perseus. What the first audiences were taught may therefore be still relevant today.

    • hyesooj says:

      The first audiences must have known that they should not do such evil. Yet, some might be incapable of differentiating between the good and the evil. So, this myth seems to be awakening people’s mind again about the good and the evil.

  11. gavina says:

    I have always enjoyed this myth and find many things out about the Greeks from it. I really feel a strong morality vibe throughout the story. The story in my mind screams “BE GOOD!” It shows that being kind hearted and just in mindset, you will always prevail.

    • gavina says:

      addendum: It also shows themes of how good and evil differentiate and this was important especially in ancient times as it was mandate to behave or experience the wrath of the gods. It still holds some weight now, although mainly as a teaching tool of literature and less of a moral lesson.

      • gavina says:

        addendum^2: Audiences today may be more effected than I previously stated, the implications in Perseus are quite pronounced to a younger crowd. This crowd is more akin to tales of epic heroes from other literature but not on the same level as you or I for example.

  12. :):D<3snowboarder56 says:

    I really love this myth, Perseus and Danae. It has always stood out to me, because it is one of the few myths that actually ends well for the hero. I just kind of wish Hamilton had described more why Hermes and Athena helped Perseus; it is not a random act of kindness. But I am straying from the topic. I really think that this myth hasn’t had as much of a lasting impact as more agressive ones, like Heracles. But it has taught a lesson, in more of an underlying way. It has taught, for me, that pride can make mankind to do extravagant and dangerous things. The reason that Perseus leaves Danae is because of Perseus’s need to go and complete this nearly impossible task, that he surely would have died doing this without the gods’ help. This is the same lesson it taught to the early listeners, that Perseus would have died and the evil tyrant would have found and married Danae by force. Unless he has the aid of these divine beings. His pride got the best of him and could’ve killed him.

  13. jonathanj says:

    This myth is very interesting and it teaches us a very valuable lesson. Acrisius, the king, was told he was going to be killed by his grandson by the oracle, and he quickly assumed that he was going to be murdered. Therefore, he quickly decided that his daughter couldn’t have a baby and he couldn’t bring himself to kill her, so he decided to lock her up in a bronze and sunken “dungeon” for the rest of her life. However, Zeus visits the poor daughter and they have a child that is named Perseus. When the King learns about this, he sends the two away. Perseus becomes strong and returns back to his home for an athletic games. He throws a disk and it somehow automatically kills his grandfather. This event brings up a very important lesson. It shows that people should not always assume things, especially if they lead you to harm people. This myth is very interesting and I think that it may still affect people today. I believe that when people read this fascinating myth they think of karma and that fate will unravel by itself no matter what you try to do. After reading this myth, I am very excited to read many others.

  14. yanahh2 says:

    I think Perseus is one of the greatest myth. Acrisius finds out that he will be killed by his own grandson. For this reason, he prevents his daughter from having a child. His plan doesn’t work out. Zeus and the daughter have a child named Perseus. When Perseus later grows up, he kills Acrisius. I think this myth shows the readers an important lesson for the first audience and people from today. It is showing how fate can not be changed, not matter how hard you try to avoid it.

  15. jonathank6 says:

    I think this story is the first ever Olweus lesson. Don’t be a bully like King Acrisius! He was cruel to his daughter and grandson unjustly, and he paid the price by being forced out of his kingdom, and then later dying from an accidental discus mishap. So remember kids, don’t be a bully, and a random discus won’t instantaneously kill you.

  16. hannahb3 says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s reading of the myth about Perseus. It was very exciting and action packed, which is one of the things I like about mythology. I think it was supposed to teach first audiences thousands of years ago that life has it’s plan for you and will work itself out. You should always do the right thing because it will work its way back to you, kind of like karma. For example, when Acrisius cut his daughter off from the rest of world she ended up having a baby anyway, and with Zeus nonetheless. And when Perseus was sent to be gotten rid of, he ended up successfully killing Medusa and bringing back her head. These lessons are relevant today as well because life still has it’s plan for us and always will.

  17. gayatrip says:

    The ancient Greek myth Perseus, was very interesting. I felt that the myth was short, sweet and precise. I think it taught its first readers that you can’t change the future, no matter how much you don’t want it to happen. In the myth the King Acrisius finds out that his daughter’s son will be the one who kills him. So he shuts her out from the rest of the world, so that she would never have a son. However, she soon becomes pregnant with and gives birth to Zeus’s baby, Perseus. When he finds out he shuts her and Perseus in a chest and casts them out to sea. As much as the King tries to prevent his own death, in the end he is killed by his son. The ironic part was Perseus didn’t even mean to kill his grandfather, it was an accident, he just threw a disk in an athletic competition that hit his grandfather. It is still relevant today because the readers (now and back then) of this myth learn the same lesson as the king did (except the king learned his lesson the hard way). A person cannot change the future, no matter how much they want to, some things are just meant to be.

  18. giiaaannnaaaa says:

    I think that the myth of Perseus aims to teach audiences from any time period that people can act out of fear, and it will cause great consequences for them in the long run. When Acrisius, the kind, learns from the Oracle that Danaë, his daughter, will have a son that will later kills him, he orders for her to be locked away. However, his plan is defeated when Danaë has a son with Zeus. He is named Perseus. Once Acrisius learns about his grandson, he has them both sent away. As Perseus grows up, he soon fufills what the Oracle predicts; he turns his grandfather to stone with Medusa’s head. In conclusion, this myth truly shows that when your jealousy causes you to act out of fear, it will only come back to harm you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wait, what? I thought the oracle said that his grandson would only kill him. Perseus killed his grandfather in discus throwing in a great athletic contest by mistake.

    • Anonymous says:

      The oracle predicted that Acrisius would be killed by his grandson. Perseus, his grandson, killed his grandfather by mistake in a great athletic contest during the discus throwing.

  19. rebeccav2 says:

    I have always loved the myth of Perseus and Danae because it taught me an important lesson that some myths do not.The lesson that i think it taught was that you cant run away from fate. You maybe able to delay it but it will catch up with you sooner or later. King Acrisius wanted a son very badly even though he had a daughter with beauty unlike any other.He asked the Oracle if he would have one, but she/he told him that he would not and worse, his daughter’ son would kill him. Go figure! King Acrisuis quickly locked his daughter up in a sunken brass home in effort to make sure she could not have any children. However it turns out that Zeus and her had a baby which she hid from her father until one day he found out. In his rage he put the mother and child in a chest and threw them into the sea where he thought that they would certainly die. He didn’t succeed however because after many years passed Perseus came back to his homeland and accidently killed his grandfather during a sporting event. This shows that The king even though he wasn’t necessarily a terrible man had to face his fate even though he ran away from it for very long.

  20. theMapleYay says:

    I found the myth of Perseus to be very interesting. Perseus’s grandfather is told that his grandson will be the one who kills him. After this, he immediately locks up her daughter so that she can’t have kids. In the end, it Perseus does kill him, not in cold-blood, but by a bad throw of the discus. I think a theme that the myth was trying to convey is that you can’t avoid fate. Just as Professor Ian Malcolm said in Jurassic Park, “Life, uh, finds a way.” Today, I think you can use that theme as you can’t avoid the inevitable. Therefore, the best option would be to face your problems head on.

  21. th3Wiggl3r says:

    The message in Perseus is that with hard work and motivation, even the improbable can be accomplished. Perseus is an example of this because he is determined to obtain Medusa’s head to show that he is not just an ordinary person. he wants Medusa’s head because he wants to impress king Polydectes because he didn’t have a gift for him at his banquet. Perseus, with the help of Athena, Hermes, and the Sea Nymphs, he sets off on his quest. When he reaches Medusa’s lair, Perseus bravely approaches Medusa and chops her head off with one fell swoop. On his way home, Perseus finds a beautiful woman named Andromeda is being held bait to a sea monster. he kills the monster, and marries Andromeda. When he returns home to find out the Polydectes has caused Perseus’s mother to go into hiding with his father figure Dictys. He arrives at one of Polydectes’s banquets, and uses Medusa’s head to turn everyone into stone. He then crowns Dictys king and he and Andromeda live happily ever after. Perseus’s adventures show how he was determined and his hard work helped him overcome two very big obstacles. This is relevant now because it is still true that hard work and determination can lead to great accomplishments.

  22. alexanderl3 says:

    I thought the myth was really interesting, and would have been great if it was longer. I think that the myth taught us that you can’t change the future. The author tries to convey that things may happen through pure coincidence, like how Perseus just happened to murder his grandfather with a discus. It shows that the oracle is accurate, and you will just have to accept what is going to happen. Today, I think that it still plays an important role, saying that you just have to accept the events in your life, pick yourself up, and move on. There is no way to change your past, so look into what you can change.

  23. mia :) says:

    “We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not, or die of despair.” This quote, from the Golden Compass really explains the moral of this myth. You can observe that a modern book such as The Golden Compass, is based on life lessons taught by ancient myths. In this Greek myth, King Acrisius tries to prevent his fate from happening. After consulting the oracle, he finds out that his grandson was to kill him and that he could not prevent this. Perseus, his grandson, grows up to be a hero and later, only at the end of the myth, ends up killing his own grandfather. His death was meant to be, even if it seemed like a coincidence or accident. No matter how hard he tried, the former King could not prevent his own fate from taking over his life. This lesson is still relevant today because many people, presently, still believe in destiny and the facts that it cannot be changed.

  24. matthewj4 says:

    The myth Perseus has a couple of lessons that were taught to the audiences thousands of years ago. The first and most important lesson (in my opinion) is that everything happens for a reason and you shouldn’t worry too much about your inevitable future. In the myth, the Oracle of Delphi tells King Acrisius that his daughter, Danaë, will have a son that will some day kill him. King Acrisius gets worried and realizes that the only way to keep that from happening is to kill Danaë. He realizes that he could never kill his own daughter, and so he would have to lock her up and make sure no one else can get in. Despite Danaë being locked up, she still has a baby named Perseus, and he ends up killing his grandfather anyway. This is one example of someone who worries too much about his inevitable future. If you know the story of the Oracle, then you already know that the Oracle never makes a mistake in her prophecies. King Acrisius should have just accepted his future and realized that there was nothing he could do about it. The second thing that this myth may have taught to those audiences is that things will not always go as planned. After King Acrisius locks up Danaë, Zeus prevails to get through the prison and have Perseus with her. King Acrisius planned to have her locked up and never to have a child, but things didn’t go as planned in that situation. These two themes (especially the second) pertain to modern society also. In real life, people often expect things to go as planned and to go smoothly. Edith Hamilton is trying to explain to the reader that you should expect the worst and hope for the best. Perseus was a very interesting myth and it makes me want to read more!

  25. Fastball says:

    Perseus is one of my personal favorite myths. I do, however, think the story moved a little too fast, in this version, and that there wasn’t enough detail, for me personally. Anyway, in this myth, King Acrisius is told by the gods that his daughter will have a son who, in time, will kill the King. Acrisius immediately thinks this will be a cold-blooded kill, and seeks ways to prevent his daughter form having a son. He can’t kill her, for fear the gods and Fates will hunt him down and punish him severely, so he instead decides to shut her away in a bronze room underground. However, this is all to avail, as she ends up having a son with the king of the gods, Zeus. Acrisius cannot kill him either for the same reason he could not kill Dana, his daughter, before. He instead casts them out to sea to die. This leads to Perseus, Danae’s son, and Danae landing ashore and being taken in by a fisherman who’s brother happens to be king. This then leads to Perseus’s quest to kill Medusa. Once this is done, he returns home with his wife Andromeda and finds his mother and family gone. He is furious with the fisherman’s brother for getting mad at Danae for refusing to marry him and shows the head of Medusa to the king and his men, turning them to stone, showing that justice will be served to the unreasonable. Also, speaking of justice and karma, Perseus hears of an athletic competition being held and decides to participate. In the discus throwing, his discus hooks and kills his grandfather, Acrisius. This relates to today’s day and age by showing that, basically, what goes around comes around.

  26. aleyaha says:

    This is my first time reading this myth (In fact, I’ve only read a couple of myths in general, so mythology as a whole is a first for me). It was a lot shorter than I expected, which is a pity, because I really liked it. Acrisius learns that his daughter, Danae, will have a son that will kill him, so he locks up his daughter, but she ends up having a child with Zeus. Later on, Perseus, Danae and Zeus’s son, is sent on a suicide mission to bring back the head of Medusa, which with some help, he does accomplish. Perseus enters a disc throwing completion much later, and ends up killing his grandfather. This teaches its’ readers very valuable life lessons. It shows the ideas that everything will happen for a reason, one way or another, basically fate or destiny, and it shows karma, what goes around comes around.

  27. KC says:

    The myth of Perseus is a wonderful message being sent across for yound and old readers alike. It is as truly interesting myth to read as well. As for the lessons being taught, they haven’t changed for the first audience until even now. This myth specifically teaches us to take life as it comes and make the best out of it. King Acrisius did not do that at all. He asked Delphi if he was ever going to have a son. The priestess not only told him no, but he asl o told him that his daughter would bear a son who would kill him. Instead of thoughtfully absorning the news and living with it, he wanted to take drastic measures by putting them to death. Since he had a fear of the gods punishing him, he decided put Danae in a bronze house with no roof and sink the house underground. His plan failed and Danae was impregnated by Zeus; she bore a son named Perseus. Acrisius did all that he could to kill him even though Perseus had no intentions of killing his grandfather. After time and other adventures, Perseus enters a great Athletic contest and during the discus throwing his disc flew into the audience and immediately killing Ariscius being the one who got hit by accident. Another message being taught here is to be determined and optimistic. Perseus was determined to please Polydectes, even though he hated Perseus. To please him, Perseus decided to slay the head of the Gorgon, Medusa. Polydectes believes this is a sure fire plan to kill Perseus. He persevered, stayed optimistic, and with determination he was able to slay the head of the hated Gorgon, Medusa. These being only a couple of lessons in this myth, this is a very important myth which can be read by readers young and old and have a great message from the first readers to this very day.

  28. koaladetective says:

    Even though this story is very old, I still think it has some good morals to teach us. At the time, I think it was meant to be interpreted literally. People probably took from this the idea that if you’re good, the Gods will reward you, but if you’re bad, the Gods will spite you. Nowadays, I thing people are meant to interpret this as basic karma. If you do something bad, something bad will happen to you, but if you do something good, something good will happen to you. I agree with this philosophy. I think it goes along with several other literary works, such as in Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. Compeyson was a horrible liar, a swindler, and an all-around mean person. But in the end, he drowned. Joe, on the other hand, was always a kind, caring individual. He got what he deserved, also, in the form of a “son”, and second wife. This relates to the theme in this myth because the bad person did poorly in the end and the kind person did well in the end. All in all, I think this myth has many lessons to teach us, and here are more allusions to it than one would think.

  29. sophia says:

    This myth, Perseus, has taught countless generations some very important morals. In the ancient days of Greece and mythology, the story taught people that the Oracle is always right, since in the end Ascrisius’ grandson did end up killing him. It also taught that evil can be overcome by brains and wit, and doesn’t necessarily have to be met with strength, as shown by Perseus’ journey. This myth also showed the Greeks that their Gods have a sense of humor for creating these three Gray Women that all share one eye. Today, this story can teach us that not everything is as it seems and not to make assumptions about people or things we may think we know. This myth also shows us that if we persevere, soon enough we can accomplish any task.

  30. jennnaaa(: says:

    The myth about Perseus by Edith Hamilton is quite enthralling! Being told that his daughter (Danae) will give birth to a son who will kill him, Acrisius locks his daughter in a house built of bronze. Zeus, however, gives Danae a son, who she named Perseus. After some complications, Danae and Persus stay with a fisherman, Dictys, who is quite peaceful and kind, However, Dictys’s brother, Polydectes (king) is the opposite. Although he loves Danae, he despises Persues and wishes to get rid of him, by indirectly sending him to the Gorgons (Medusa, in specific). To sum this up, Perseus defeats Medusa with the help of his wise helper, Hermes. Perseus also kills Acrisius during an athletic competition (not purposely, though.) I think this myth shows us that fate is meant to be. Perseus didn’t mean to kill Acrisius, but in the end, Acrisicius was killed by Danae’s son. This also shows a bit of the power of teamwork. After all, Perseus would have never defeated Medusa ALONE! Like many other people in Mrs. Quinson’s 9H class, I agree that this shows the power of karma- what goes around comes around. Bad things happened to both Acrisius and Polydectes, who tried to harm Perseus. I really enjoyed reading this- Bullfinch was right! This IS like relaxation more than studying and doing work :)

  31. dianam2 says:

    Perseus is one of my favorite myths. A lesson that we can learn from this is that you cannot try to change your faith. Think about it. If an oracle tells you that you will die by the hand of your grandson, you cannot change that. The oracle is telling you your future and it takes into count what you do to prevent it. King Acrisius will obviously try to prevent being killed and the oracle knows what he will do. So Acrisius wouldn’t have changed his faith even if he spent his entire life trying. You cannot plan your whole life and expect it to go the way you planned. You will most likely hit a bump on the way. No one can change their faith but you can change the path to your future. People today are trying to get out of what ever situation they are in and trying to make their life better. You can change the way you reach your faith. For example, you can die regretting being too cautious and not living life to the fullest or you can live your live the way you want to. The lesson taught is still relevant in many ways today.

  32. jonathanr2 says:

    I found the myth “Perseus” to be very interesting and fun to read. It teaches many themes and life lessons that are not only applicable to the past, but also to today. The main lesson I think that the myth teaches is that there is little or no way to avoid the fate that has been planned out for you. For example, Acrisius was told that he would die by Perseus’s hand, and although the way it happens is not the way he suspected it to, it does end up happening. He tries every way to keep Danae and her son away from him, and yet he still ends up dead. Another way that this lesson is taught in the myth is when Acrisius tries to stop Danae from having a child. Although he tries everything he can to stop her, he cannot stop the will of the gods and does not change his fate. This is sometimes applicable today, it seems. When we went out for recess in elementary school, there were adults supervising us. They would always tell us, “Don’t run on the woodchips, or you will fall and get one in your eye.” I doubted this was true, and so did everyone else. As a result, we ignored them. But, sure enough, one or two of us ended up falling on the woodchips and getting a couple in our eyes. Another way this applies to the present seems to be when my mom tells me that something is dangerous. I once was riding my bike down a very steep hill, and she told me it was not safe to do (I had not even completely finished learning how to ride yet). I did it anyway, and sure enough, I slammed into the curb and fell. This is the lesson I saw in the myth, and how it applied to the past and still endures today.

  33. theresar3 says:

    Edith Hamilton did a great job telling the story of Perseus. I understand why this story has been around for thousands of years. There are so many lessons along the way. The audience learned a message of perseverance. Perseus never gave up he continued to fight and followed all the steps to eventually kill Medusa, his main goal. King Acrisius was afraid of being killed by his daughter Danae’s son. He locked her up to never escape because he did not have the heart to kill her first. Zeus still sent Danae a baby boy named Perseus. This event reminds of the Mary, the mother of God being sent a baby from God. This Myth of Perseus teaches people that they have a fate and a plan for their life made by the gods. Everything happens for a reason, but it could happen in different ways. Even King Acrisius gets killed at the end.

  34. danielp7 says:

    First of all I truly enjoyed this myth, Perseus, but some parts could have used much more details. When this story was first told thousands of years ago, the audience listening most likely believed the story and learned many lessons throughout the myth. Even today we can learn so many life lessons throughout the story. Since Perseus never gave up and went on with his goal it shows the audience a lesson of determination and to never give up. I believe that the story also teaches us that everything you deserve will eventually happen even if it takes years or decades. When the oracle told Perseus’ grandfather, King Acrisius, that he would be killed because of Perseus it took years for that to occur. Although, personally, the story lacked some detail in some important parts I still very much enjoyed and learned from it.

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