The Concepts Of The Myth Of Perseus

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The myth of Perseus is about a young man trying to free his mother from a king. This king sends him to bring back the head of Medusa, a terrifying gorgon who has killed many men. He is successful in his journey and is able to free his mother, while gaining other treasures along the way. Many of the things that happen in the story align with the concepts of Karl Marx. In fact Perseus is taking a journey to regain an upper class status that he lost while a child. We can see the hints of this plot through the symbolization of challenges, weaponry, and humans seen throughout the story.
One of the first and more important things that causes Perseus to go on his journey are the humans that he has been around, be it briefly or for a long time. They
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After being handed the sandals Perseus is told that they “will guide you on the road, for they are divine and cannot stray” (9). These sandals are golden and have living wing attached to them. The fact alone that they are gold just screams wealth and social power. All of the gifts he receives also have one major thing in common. They all represent specific human traits. The sword represents decisiveness, the shield defensiveness, and the sandals determination. All good qualities for running a business, a way to escape the world of poverty. Much like Karl Marx said, “Nothing can have value without being an object of …show more content…
These challenges have parallels to the challenges of poverty. Let’s start with the challenge of the Gray Sisters. On his journey, the Gray Sisters prevent Perseus from heading towards Medusa. He has to force them to reveal the location of Medusa by taking their eye. This draws parallels much to something Marx said: “revolutions are the locomotives of history.” In order for the poor to rise in social class they need to have money and power. The knowledge of how to gain that money and power are protected by the rich. Perseus takes that knowledge from the Gray Sisters and uses it in order to climb back to the social status that he once belonged to. Another challenge that Perseus has to face is the wind blowing him back. He is trying to head back home after slaying Medusa but is unable to due to this mysterious wind. Before he tries heading in a different direction he says, “Then the road in which I have tried to go must be a wrong road” (15). Perseus realizes that he is not ready for ascending into the upper class. If he did he would be surely annihilated by those already in it. Those with power and wealth like to be able to hold on to their power. At this point he is not tough enough to handle the gauntlet that he would have to go through in his ascension to the upper class. The gods themselves have to prevent him from this blunder otherwise he would be unable to fulfill his

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