Medusa Symbolism Essay

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Take a look around you, what do you see? A flag, a bull, maybe a dove, or even a dreamcatcher? Everything, that surround your everyday life, whether it be words,sounds, gestures, ideas or visual images they are used to convey other ideas and beliefs. Although most symbols have possibly a thousand meanings; from Christianity, to medieval times, from before christ, to now the modern times. One of many symbols, which has various different meanings, It is shown over and over again as a dynamic deity. The serpent or snake is highly thought of worldwide. Usually representing evil, in some cultures the serpent was worshipped as a representation of rebirth.
In the religion of christianity, the snake is associated with both negative and positive, or
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Was she a victim or a villain? Was she always ugly or once Beautiful? She was known as the “serpent Goddess” . All stories agree that Medusa was a terrible monster, she had the face of an ugly woman, with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Some stories say she was born that way, the only mortal of three gorgon sisters born to Echidna half-woman, half-snake and Typhon, the worst creature in the world. Another story states she was a beautiful woman born to two earth people named Phorcys and Ceto.There are lessons to be learned from Medusa 's stories. One is that beauty can either be a gift or a curse, depending on how a beautiful woman behaves. Her beauty certainly got Medusa into trouble. The second lesson is that Medusa had more power as a gorgon than she did as a woman. This is how she became known as a guardian or protectress, especially for virgins. The curse of being able to turn men into stone, proved to be a warning to all men who would force their unwanted attention on women. Finally, she continued to have power even after her death. Her head continued to kill and her blood spawned her children as well as snakes and coral. That power has continued even to modern times. Several books on women 's rights and liberation have used Medusa 's story along with her head as a symbol of rage. Perhaps every woman has a little of Medusa in her both as beauty and …show more content…
You said I could trust you!”. Kaa is a mischievous, tempting yet fascinating character, speaking with a soft, often entrancing tone to either seduce his victims into a weary, dreamlike state, or manipulate them into bestowing their trust, thus allowing him to ingest them unexpectedly.He furthers this by the use of his iconic ability to captivate his prey with his eyes, rendering them enchanted and under his command.His unique ability to mesmerize anyone through eye contact and make others follow his commands. This ability also works when someone sees his reflection in the water. Though despite this, it is implied that certain individuals of high intelligence can resist his

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