Who is Really the Villain of the Story?

Hey, sweets!

Long time, no write. After my first post, I’ve been brainstorming what I wanted to write about next. So, here we go:

I love mythology. I love Norse and Greek mythology specifically.

I love gods and monsters. I’m not big on the Olympians, but I love Hades. Some of the heroes, to me, are kind of overrated. Like, Odysseus. Odysseus cheated on his wife with multiple women, while his wife sat at home pining after him. Although he was super smart and a great warrior, he was still horrible. It just not realistic to me, but I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my fav heroes (I’ll save that for another post 😉 ). But the bad guys, like monsters and gods with dark powers in ancient mythology, are more complex. I have a certain understanding of who they are and why they do what they do. Most of the time, they had some really bad things done to them by the seeming ‘good people. To be honest, when I read their backstories, I don’t really blame them for doing what they did. Would I do the same? I don’t know.

Take, for instance, Medusa. (I love the Gorgons.)

Whichever history of Medusa you look at, her life was horrible either way. I get asked all the time, “Why do you like Medusa? She is literally a monster that turns people to stone.” Because I understand her that’s why. It’s one of the perks of being a student who is majoring in psychology!

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In both myths of Medusa, Medusa was a beautiful woman. In one myth by Ovid, she was devoted to Athena and sworn to a life of celibacy. Poseidon took a liking to her and raped her in Athena’s temple. Medusa prayed for mercy and in return, Athena who was disgusted by the act, cursed Medusa and turned her into a monster whose gaze would turn someone to stone. I don’t know about you, but WTF? Why are the women punished? Shouldn’t Athena be kicking her uncle’s ass for violating one of her followers in her temple? Nope.

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Medusa lives her life as a monster until Perseus attacked her and cuts off her head. Again, WTF? Really. He then uses her head to turn his enemies into stone. After his journey is done, he gives her head to… wait for it… Athena! Who uses her head when she goes to battle. In ancient and modern culture, Medusa’s head is used to ward off evil and evil doing.

Too bad her head didn’t work out for her when it was still attached.

I don’t know about you, but I believe that Athena was the real villain of this story, after Poseidon of course. A**holes….

– love MysticFairy ❤

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2 thoughts on “Who is Really the Villain of the Story?”

  1. Great post! I definitely agree with you, Medusa got a bad rap for something that was in no way her fault and history doesn’t even take the time to correct the misrepresentation most of the time.

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  2. Really i don’t know this medusa’s story..but there are lot of stories like this. Of course, l love villains. They are honest. I recommend you some mythical stories from india…like MAHABHARAT..RAMAYANA..you will love the villains of those mythical stories

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