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Poseidon: God of the sea,tamer of the oceans

It all started a long,long,long time ago when Uranus had children. One was Cronus. A prophecy told that one of Uranus's child would overpower him. That child was Cronus. Cronus was a Titan, a strong Titan. With that Cronus overpowered Uranus. Cronus took the throne. When Cronus had children the,same prophecy was told. To keep that from happening Cronus ate his child whenever a new one was born. Finally Rhea his wife told Cronus that was enough! But when Cronus didn't listen Rhea made a plan. When the sixth child was born Rhea gave Cronus a stone to eat instead of the child. The child Zeus was hidden in a cave close to the sea. One day Zeus burst through the doors where the gods sat on Mt.Olympus. He said "I've come to reclaim the throne!" Then all the sudden a huge war starts. How it starts is by Rhea giving Cronus a potion that "is supposed to make him even more powerful". But what Cronus doesn't know is that potion will make him throw up,and when he does he'll spit out all of his children. When he does,all of the gods and goddess lay there on the ground covered in thick,green,disgusting,throw up. Poseidon was one of the children. Poseidon Zeus and Hades including the other gods and goddess start a war with the Titans. Ghea told Zeus to free her children from Tartus the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires. Poseidon at the end of the war did a distraction while Hades took the Titan’s weapons while Zeus threw one of his lightning bolts at the Titans also while the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires threw bolders at the Titans. In the end the Olympons won the war. Once the war was over the three brothers Zeus,Hades,and Poseidon drew sticks to see who would rule what. Poseidon got the seas,Hades got the Underworld,and Zeus ruled Mt.Olympus .Mt.Olympus was not always so peaceful,Poseidon didn't always follow the orders of Zeus.Poseidon was much feared.(seen below) Sailors may not worship him now but they sometimes thank him for a good catch.

Poseidon is seen here causing a sailor to go in whirlpool.

Poseidon has many of many allusions in art,literature,and commercially. Here is a few.

Allusions Commercially :Poseidon Undersea Resorts offers 7,200 people each year a week at a relaxing underwater resort located next to an island for only $30,000 USA per couple. For larger parties you can reserve the whole island for a week for just $2,750,000 USA! Because of the growing popularity of this resort a second one is currently being constructed. This resort has submarines which they conveniently call trident submarines. The company's name alludes to the god Poseidon and the submarines are named after his weapon of choice, the trident.

Trident gum: The chewing gum trident was named "tri" for the three enzymes in it and "dent" as in dental health. Similarly trident can also be translated as "three toothed." It is unknown whether the creators of Trident were focusing on the mythological weapon of Poseidon when naming their product. Nonetheless, we can count on Trident for legendary whitening abilities just as Poseidon can count on his Trident to fight evil. Poseidon is the god of water and can create pools of water with his trident. This certainly compares to Trident, a refreshing gum that is bursting with flavor.

Literature: In Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" the Bard references Poseidon, Neptune. He says:

"Even till the eastern gate, all fiery-red,

Opening on Neptune with fair blessed beams,

Turns into yellow gold his salt green streams."

The character Oberon is describing the sunrise and alludes to Neptune, the Latin name for Poseidon. He vividly describes the colors of water whilst the sun rises. Water becomes gold and green, a mix of gold and blue, almost as if Poseidon came heralding in the new day with these novel colors.

Poseidon, Neptune, is mentioned in "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare. Macbeth is talking to himself after (SPOILER ALERT) he kills Duncan and says:

"How is’t with me, when every noise appalls me?

What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes.

Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood

Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather

The multitudinous seas incarnadine,

Making the green one red."

Macbeth is attempting to describe his gargantuan guilt. He first asks Poseidon, Neptune, to clean the blood from his hands as to wash away his guilt. He thinks for a moment and states that his blood would turn the ocean red and not be cleansed thereby showing the extreme weight of his guilt through an extreme metaphor

Art: It is New Year's Eve and the cruise ship "Poseidon" is filled with people celebrating until a giant wave comes out of the blue and capsizes the enormous

vessel. The protagonist Dylan Johns, a gambler, decides to try to escape on his own. Other people opt to join him and escaping becomes more and more complicated. The movie and the boat allude to Poseidon, the god of the sea and his power when angry.

Poseidon was know for causing havoc to make whirlpools close to ships.

Poseidon was known to be rather grumpy. Here are some of Poseidon's traits.

Got what he wanted,rather grumpy,unfaithful of his job,unwilling to listen,ego maniac,mean, and cunning for sinking ships.

Villains and non friendly's of Poseidon:Poseidon had many non friendly's. One was Aphrodite. Even though Aphrodite was a goddess they were not the friends.

Well that's all. Please visit the link below. https://sites.google.com/a/malvernprep.org/poseidon/allusions/in-literature

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