Myth in the Movies In the movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The main character Percy is a typical teenager with issues. He deals with Dyslexia which seems to get progressively worse, ADHD, living with his mother and emotionally abusive stepfather, and finally he feels abandoned by his birth father who he’s never met. Feeling as if he got the short end of the stick in life because of these issues, he considers himself to be a less than average kid. He soon finds out that he is in fact the son of Poseidon god of the sea.
This movie brings ancient Greek mythology into the modern world while still taying true to the original myth to a certain degree. In this movie Zeus, king of the gods believes that his Brother Poseidon’s son has stolen his lightning bolt. He tells Poseidon that if the bolt is not returned by the summer solstice, that he will wage war against him. Percy Jackson is on a quest to save his mother from Hades who holds her hostage pending the delivery of the bolt to him. He wants the bolt so that he may rule instead of Zeus. Percy’s quest is very similar to the quest of a mythological hero named Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae.
Just as in the Perseus myth, Percy gets help from others with Just a few ifferences. Instead of Hermes, it is Hermes’ son Luke who gives Percy a pair of sneakers with wings he had stolen from his father. In the actual myth they are sandals, not sneakers. Also, Athena, Zeus’ sister is the one who offers Perseus a shield and a sickle, as opposed to Percy receiving the shield from Luke and the sickle from his Latin teacher named Mr. Brunner. This teacher (who later turns out to be a centaur named Chiron), has Percy taken to a camp for demigods for protection after watching Percy being attacked by a creature called a fury.
Luke gives Percy a map to etrieve Persephone’s 3 pearls that she has hidden for the lovers who come and visit her. Without these pearls they would be unable to leave the underworld after saving Percy’s mother. Persephone is Hades’ wife and daughter of Zeus. In both the myth and movie, Persephone had been held captive by Hades as his wife. A satyr named Grover who is Percy’s protector and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, accompany Percy on his quest and help him greatly. In Mythology, Athena had no children; she’s a virgin warrior goddess. The satyr, on the other hand, is depicted Just as in the original story, constantly hounding after nymphs.
Together, they defeat a very modernly dressed Gorgon named Medusa with Percy finally beheading her. He used the back of his cell phone as a mirror to avoid looking in her eyes and being turned to stone, verses Perseus using his shield for the same purpose. They found the first pearl in Medusa’s bracelet. Next, they go to Tennessee looking for the second pearl in a replica of Parthenon and find it in the crown of a statue of Athena. There, Percy and his companions encounter a Hydra. After having cut off all its heads and watching two more grow in the place of each one, Percy kills the Hydra using Medusa’s severed head to turn it to tone.
Heracles was the original killer of the Hydra. According to http:// www. perseus. tufts. edu, “Each time Hercules bashed one of the hydra’s heads, Iolaus to grow back. Finally, they find the third pearl in the Lotus casino in Vegas, but not before being trapped there for five days. Lotus flowers are fed to guests of the casino in the attempt to drug them and make them want to stay. After realizing this, Percy snaps the others out of it and continues the quest. In myth, a tribe encountered by the Greek hero Odysseus offered his scouts lotus flowers to eat. According to http:// ww. britannica. om, “Those who did so were overcome by a blissful forgetfulness; they had to be dragged back to the ship and chained to the rowing-benches, or they would never have returned to their duties. ” Having all three pearls in their possession, they arrive to the underworld to finally rescue Percy’s mother. When they meet with Hades, Percy tells him he is not the lightning thief. He drops his shield and the lightning bolt drops out of its hiding place within it. Hades picks it up, returns Percy’s mother, but then goes back on his word and tries to feed them all to the souls. Persephone saves them and theyre able to escape.
In myth, Hades is not evil as portrayed in this movie. Heading to Mount Olympus to return the bolt, they encounter Hermes’ son Luke. Luke confesses that he was the lightning thief. His intention was to create a new age of gods by making the gods go to war and destroy each other. He takes the bolt from Percy and they engage in battle. Percy’s powers come out fully as he defeats Luke by crushing him with water and throwing him in the river with a water trident. Here we are able to see a huge resemblance to original myth where many children of the gods ould attempt to overthrow their parents and take their place.
The only difference is that they would usually succeed. Right in the nick of time, they reach Mount Olympus and return the master lightning bolt to Zeus. Percy then explains how Luke was the actual thief as well as his motive. He then finally has the opportunity to meet and talk to his father. Poseidon has a tender moment with his son and tells him he will always be there for him after explaining why he had to leave him and his mother. This was a law that Zeus put into place because Poseidon was spending so much time with his human over that he himself was starting to become human.
Annabeth also happily meets her mother Athena. I believe the producers of this movie made changes modernizing the story for entertainment purposes. It seems to be directed towards a younger audience who would find it very entertaining to see something as ancient as Greek mythology brought to life having mixed in the present era. An older audience who may be very familiar with Greek mythology may be a little frustrated with the changes, yet still entertained. Todays modern teenager would be able to relate to Percy and his common teenager issues.