Medusa Modern and Myth


Myth: Medusa in myth was a beautiful woman and a gorgan. Medusa fell in love with the god of the sea, Poseidon. When she married Poseidon, Athena cursed her with snakes for hair, green skin, and red eyes. She turned anyone she gazed upon into stone. She then turned to a life of isolation which lead to adventurers seeking her out


The poem titled Medusa by Louise Bogan is talking about Medusa and the narrators encounter with her. This poem has interesting word choice and arrangement. It makes it very figurative and descriptive and mysterious. The way Medusa is described makes her seem mysterious and intriguing. There are times in the poem where he/she seems to be describing everything around her as stone. "The water will always fall and, will not fall," This makes me think that it was a waterfall that was turned to stone. At the end of the poem, he/she talks like he/she was turned into stone
The tone of this poem is mysterious The poems word choice and placement gives its readers vague information and references so that the reader can solve the mystery on their own. The way the narrator describes his surroundings and describes medusa is very mysterious in itself. The fact that the poem is so vague and never really says what happens help support the tone.


An Allusion of Medusa is in Once Upon A Time, Season 3 Episode 10 The New Neverland, Prince Charming and Snow White go to kill Medusa while on their honeymoon. Medusa turns prince Charming into stone and Snow White, empowered by love, tricks Medusa into turning herself into stone and reverses her spell. It directly states Medusa and shows her character. Once Upon A Time uses Medusa to show that love always wins (A common theme in the show). And that love can survive anything.


While the myth of Medusa may not have a lesson or moral, not all Greek myths do, it has an intriguing story and is one of my favorite myths. She fell and love and was punished. The poem and allusion to Once Upon a Time help show that Medusa is a mysterious character from mythology and is very popular, no mater the time period. Both provide a better understanding of the character by showing two different sides of her.

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