Medusa: The Face of Ambiguity and Resilience

dc.contributor.advisorRoss, Rebekah
dc.contributor.authorMartinez, Natalie
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-23T14:51:15Z
dc.date.available2018-05-23T14:51:15Z
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this research is to rescue Medusa from the misconstrued image she was wrongfully given and understand how her story of having been raped was unable to surface within a misogynistic society. The goal is to show that the eyes that turned men into stone were not looking to abduct gazers, but seeking for the eyes that held understanding and compassion. Researchers have demonstrated how the lustful gaze of men demoralized the body of Medusa and scrutinized the meaning of a woman’s existence by relegating her body to visual objectivity and possession. Her image was created through the lustful eyes of men that created the view of women in a patriarchal society and therefore subjected her to a life of turmoil and punishment. By further evaluating the ideological functions of Medusa, comparing her to other monstrous female figures who were worshipped, and how she is portrayed in media and art, we will uncover who the gorgon was and how her identity has been masked by the scales of serpents.
dc.description.departmentPhilosophy
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent30 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationMartinez, N. (2018). Medusa: The face of ambiguity and resilience (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/7253
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectMedusa
dc.subjectfeminist icon
dc.subjectGreek mythology
dc.subjectmisogyny
dc.subjectserpents
dc.subjectAthena
dc.subjectPoseidon
dc.subjectPersues
dc.subjectVersace
dc.subjectHonors College
dc.titleMedusa: The Face of Ambiguity and Resilience
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University

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