Edith Hamilton’s Mythology And The Movie Clash Of The Titans (1981)

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The legend of Perseus is told in many different ways, in two particular ways they are similar but yet quite different. The movie Clash of the Titans is primarily a story of Perseus and his dangerous journey to save the princess Andromeda, while the Edith Hamilton’s Mythology is a story of Perseus, his relationship with his mother and journeys to her.
In the 1981 clash of the Titans movie the King Acrisius of Argo imprisons his daughter Danei *Danaë because he is jealous of her beauty. The god Zeus visits her and makes her pregnant. King Acrisius in a fit of rage puts Danae and the baby, Perseus, to sea in a wood coffin. Angry, Zeus kills Acrisius and orders the god Poseidon to release the giant sea monster the Kraken to destroy Argos. Perseus survives, but his mother doesn’t, his journey by floating to the island of Seriphos where he grows up.
In Edith Hamilton’ book King Acrisius is desperate for a son. He goes to Delphi to ask if he will someday have a son but the priestess tells him no and also tell him that this daughter will have a son who will some day kill him. He did not want to kill his daughter because he loved her but also because he feared the anger of the gods. So he built an underground bronze house and imprisoned her there. It was there that Zeus visited her and made her pregnant. When the King found out about this he had his daughter placed in a chest and put out to sea. They were discovered by a fisherman who took care of the them as though they were members of his family.
Meanwhile, in the movie version of the story, in the city of Joppa, Calibos the son of the sea goddess Thetis is supposed to marry the Princess Andromeda. But Calibos makes Zeus angry by killing all his flying horses except for one called Pegasus. In revenge Zeus turns Calibos into a horrible looking monster. Thetis, angry at what Zeus did to her son send Perseus to an amphitheater in Joppa. There Perseus meets a poet named Ammon who becomes his friend.
Perseus hears about a curse placed upon the Princess Andromeda and about suitors having to solve a riddle in order to marry her. But if the suitors failed to guess the riddle they would be killed. With the help of Zeus Perseus is able to solve the riddle and becomes engaged to the Princess. Angry Calibos demands that his mother take revenge on the city of Joppa. The Queen, Cassiopeia, disrespects the goddess of Thetis, by saying her daughter was more...

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