Study Guide

Jason and the Golden Fleece

  • Introduction

    There's absolutely no denying it. We. Love. Heroes. Superheroes, super sleuths, crime fighters, young Jedi, determined hobbits, boy wizards—we seriously can't get enough. We totally devour stories about extraordinary people going to extraordinary lengths to do extraordinary things. Whether it's movies, TV shows, novels, or comic books, stories about heroes are big business these days.

    Of course, this obsession with heroes is far from a modern thing. Human beings have been hero-crazy for as long we can remember. Just take a look at the tale of Jason, and you'll see the proof that hero-worship is basically programmed into our DNA. This story is thousands of years old, and yet it's got all the same thrills, chills, and double-dog-daring that gets audiences and readers so pumped today.

    In this chapter, we hear the tale of Jason's most famous journey. It really doesn't get any better than the quest for the Golden Fleece. This is Epic Quest 101, folks. The story is chock full of horrible monsters, impossible odds, and even a bit of doomed romance. This quest is extra awesome because it's not just one hero dukeing it out with the bad guys—you get a whole team of superheroes. Jason's buddies, known as the Argonauts, are almost as good as the ancient Greek version of the Avengers—if not better. So, full Shmoop ahead—prepare yourself for a distinctly non-boring voyage.