Is Medusa a victim or villain?

Medusa is a famous figure in Greek mythology, often portrayed as a villain in most media. Her story, however, is much more complex than many are led to believe. Is Medusa really a villain, or is she a victim of her circumstances?

Medusa is a villain

Medusa is a villain because she did something wrong, and was punished as a result.

Medusa broke her vow to Athena and was punished for it

Medusa was not raped by Poseidon and willingly broke her vow to the goddess Athena. For these offenses against her patron goddess, Athena punished Medusa and turned her into a monster.

Medusa was punished for her vanity

Medusa was boastful of her beauty, so much so that she had an abundance of pride. Her vanity would go a step too far when she would knowingly have an affair with Poseidon in Athena's temple, angering the goddess.

Medusa is a victim

Medusa is a victim because she did nothing wrong, she was punished for the sake of being punished.

Medusa was taken advantage of by Poseidon

Medusa was raped by Poseidon, but instead of being defended by her patron goddess, Athena, she was punished for being raped. This makes Medusa a victim.

Athena couldn't punish Poseidon, so she punished Medusa

Medusa was punished by Athena because she couldn’t punish Poseidon, who was a deity that outranked her.

Medusa is not a victim or a villain

Medusa is neither a victim nor a villain. Her transformation is not a curse, but instead a blessing from her patron goddess.

Athena helped Medusa by transforming her into a "monster"

Medusa was not cursed, she was actually helped by Athena. Her patron goddess gifted her with an ability that would never let Medusa feel powerless again.
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