Before her curse she was supposedly beautiful – though that’s not agreed upon. But let me ask you this – Would Poseidon have wooed and bedded her if she hadn’t been all that before the curse? I don’t think so. He could have anyone, anytime. She must have been unimaginable beautiful to have caught Poseidon’s eye. (I smile as I think of my version ) OR Poseidon had some unusual preferences when it came to picking a mate. I suppose there’s always that possibility… Hmmmm…. Moving on.
Her sisters, the dreaded Gorgons who’ve always been horrendously ugly and evil, remain at her side. Some say it was to protect their sister – she was the only mortal of the three. Some suggest they’d always been jealous of their sisters beauty (before she was cursed) and came to gloat. Others don’t mention them at all once Perseus comes into play.
I like to think they came to look after her, but I’m a hopeless romantic. We’ve established that a long time ago!
One last blip about Medusa. Some say she was transformed into a monster. “Spiny wings, forked tongue, bronze claws, and green, wrinkled skin covered the body.” While others say she remained a beautiful maid whose “glorious locks had been replaced by a mass of tangled, writhing serpents.” I suppose the second is more tragic. If you choose to see her as the victim, this description fits perfectly. If, however, you think of Medusa as the monster – the first is the obvious description.
Any thoughts? How do you see Medusa and why?