Jason and the Golden Fleece. Essay on Greece Mythology

In the plays, “Jason and the Golden Fleece Part I,” “Jason and the Golden Fleece Part II,” and “The Tale of Perseus,” the authors describe the hero’s journeys to retrieve items, and to win back something or someone. In “Jason and The Golden Fleece part one Jason goes to get his kingdom back from his cousin, his cousin told him that the only way that the could get the kingdom is by going on a quest to get the fleece. In “Jason and The Golden Fleece part 2,” Jason gets a crew and sets out to get the Golden Fleece he faces many challenges he has to complete along the way. In “The Tale of Perseus,” Perseus was not suppose to be born, but was anyway, his mother is getting married to an evil king. The only way that Jason can stop the marriage is by going on a quest to get Medusa’s head. In the different Greek myths read in class, the thoughts, words, and actions of the Gods impact the plot. 

In the play “Jason and the Golden Fleece part I,” the thoughts of the goddess Hera impacts the plot of the story. Hera sees Jason in trouble so she decides to help him. In the play, she says, “But his heart-his heart is good. His destiny is to become a hero. He will need much help to fulfill his task.” This shows how Hera decided to make Jason a legendary hero and wanting to help her. She knows that Jason can’t do it alone and thinks that she should help him. Hera gets him a crew and a boat to sail to Colchis. Without her, Jason couldn’t have gotten the fleece and his kingdom back. She was the one who decided he needed help and made sure that he got the fleece, impacting the plot as a result.

In the play, “Jason and the Golden Fleece part II,” Aphrodite’s words impacts the plot. There are many ways that Aphrodities words influence the plot of the play. In the text she says “Ah, but these services do not come lightly. If you require my help, you must give me something in return.” In the play the god Hera is helping Jason through his quest, to get the golden fleece. Jason is given an impossible task and he would not be able to complete it without the help of Medea. Aphrodite says that he will help Jason if Hera does something in return, so Hera agrees. Aphrodite has her son Eros make Medea fall in love with Jason. This impacts the plot because Medea helps Jason complete the impossible task, and then Jason gets the fleece. He makes it back to the island alive and with the fleece, and without the help of Aphrodite he would not of been able to complete the task. 

The actions of Zeus impact the plot in the play, “The Tale of Perseus.” Zeus impacts the plot by getting Danae pregnant. The text says, “Many months later, she found herself with a child.” This means that when Zeus got her pregnant, the prophecy would come true and their child, Perseus, would indeed set Danae free. Acrisius, Danae’s father, is scared that he will get killed by his grandson so he locks her up. But Zeus gets her pregnant and promises her that she will be freed. Without Zeus, Perseus would have never been born and Danae would still be locked up. His actions impacted the plot and made the prophecy come true. 

The plot of many of the Greek myths read in class is impacted by the actions, thoughts and words of the Gods. In the play “Jason and the Golden Fleece part I,” Hera does many things that lead to the success of Jason completing his quest, and without Hera Jason would not of been able to get the Golden Fleece. In “Jason and the Golden Fleece part 2” Aphrodite impacts how Jason completed his task, without her he may of not been able to complete the task. If he did it alone it would of have been much harder to do it. In the play “The Tale of Perseus” when Zeus comes down to see Danae and then he cause her to get pregnant. If Zeus was never there Perseus would of never been born, and the plot would be completely different. In the plays, “Jason and The Golden Fleece part I,” “Jason and the Golden Fleece part II,” and “The Tale of Perseus,” the authors describe the two hero’s tales, Jason and Perseus, and their adventures.



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