Perseus and Andromeda
Theme of Women and Femininity in Perseus and Andromeda
Sadly for modern readers, women don't come off so great in the story of Perseus and Andromeda. The whole sea monster disaster starts because of Cassiopeia's vanity, which is a bummer. And Andromeda is mostly just a beautiful, passive damsel-in-distress character. When Perseus saves her from the sea monster, she becomes his wife and his reward for bravely fighting the creature.
Questions About Women and Femininity
- Why do you think we don't see any strong female characters in this story? How might this story reflect the role of women in ancient Greek society?
- Write another version of the story from Andromeda's perspective. How does she feel about her rescuer? How does she feel about becoming a monster meal?
- In the 2010 movie The Clash of the Titans, a loose adaptation of Perseus' story, Perseus and Andromeda don't get married. In fact, Andromeda proposes to Perseus, but he turns her down. Why do you think the filmmakers chose to have the story end this way? Which ending do you prefer? Why?