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Perseus Almost all heroes follow a formula This framework is subject to some degree of variation but it holds true to many of Hamiltons stories retold in Mythology The three stages of a hero the separation the initiation and the return are demonstrated in the story of Perseus The separation is the begging of the quest This starts with the heroes decision to depart from the known world or him being forced out of his usual realm In the case if Perseus he is forced out of a world he never knew When Danae gives birth to a son Perseus Acrisius Danaes father locks Danae and Perseus in a chest and casts it out into the sea Danae and Perseus wash up at the home of Dictys Note- Hamilton hints that The Fates or Zeus might have willed their safe journey Most heroes have powerful friends that help them Perseus is a model hero and demonstrates the separation Beyond the threshold the hero enters a new world The initiation is the period of nonentity The enemy or task is usually introduced here In Perseus case Polydectes wants to get rid of Perseus so he can marry Danae Polydectes convinces Perseus to try to kill Medusa an impossible feat for a mortal The gods favor Perseus however As in most heroes they usually have a magical helper He receives a shield from Athena a sword from Hermes and information about the location of the nymphs the only ones who know how to kill Medusa As Hamilton points out Perseuss story is almost a fairy tale Hermes and Athena tell Perseus almost precisely what to do Once Perseus locates the Nymphs he is given winged sandals that allow him to fly a wallet that will hold anything and a cap that makes its wearer invisible more magical aids His success will be due entirely to these Perseus now having almost as much power as
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