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George Brown College
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Leah Barett

Assignment 2: mythology and life as we know it JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS Jason and the Argonauts portrayed a dominator model of ruling and society. In my research of this topic, I read both original myth and watched the 1963 movie version of the story. In this myth, Jason, an exiled king, is forced to undergo many trials to take his rightful place, usually with the help of this contingent of men, named the Argonauts after their ship, the Argo, as well as the Gods themselves. His actions during his journey, as well as the purpose of the journey itself, are very clearly the acts of a people accustomed to winning glory and power through might and violence. The modern adaptation deviates from the original story in several glaring ways. The story structure is muddled, many things do not take place chronologically, and still events are changed for dramatic effect, such as the scene of the clashing cliffs. Instead of sending a simple dove through the rocks, Jason is saved by the Gods. The motivations of characters are driven more by action then discussion. By this I mean that in mythological version, almost all 'power shift' decisions are agreements between two respectful parties. Such as when Jason agrees to obtain the golden fleece in exchange for the throne. This is an upfront and honest exchange, whereas in the movie, Jason does not make an actual agreement with the king. Most of these exchanges are changed in the movie. In addition, the revenge arcs are cut out completely. The most glaring and angering change from original to movie versions is the difference of character between Medea, Jasons love interest. In the original myth, Medea was a powerful magic user, who is in many ways entirely responsible for Jason’s success in his mission. In his trials in Colchis, Medea charms him and weapons with invincibility, gives him magic items, and casts spells of sleep on the deadly hydra. Even on the trek home, she ensures the bands survival at the isle of Talos. In the 1963 film, she is basically useless. She in no way aids in Jason’s quest, nor does she show any actual magical ability, she is in fact a liability. Basically every problem faced in both these medias are conquered by violent means, every mythical monster is a savage beast, and the men power hungry. Jason, seemingly compelled into regaining his throne to stop the evils of Pelias, proved himself a dominator, for after gaining his Throne rightfully, he turned on Pelias for revenge, using his love interests magics to trick Pelias's own daughters to kill him. Not only that, but after she had stayed with him, and bore 2 children by him, left her for a princess of Corith, only causing more death and revenge. There is very little in this story that can be classified as Pa
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