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There are many contradicting stories about the birth of Medusa. Some say that she was the only mortal of the three gorgon sisters that were born to Echidne. In Greek mythology terrible female monsters were referred to as Gorgon. She was at time referred to as the “Serpent Goddess” (Martha Leonard, 2008). Another of the stories refer Medusa to have been born to humans Phorcys and Ceto. But all the stories agree to a fact that Medusa was a gorgon-a female monster. Medusa was not always ugly she was so once so beautiful that even gods got attracted towards her. The stories reveal that Medusa was one of the prettiest girl and was later made ugly and her hairs were turned into snakes. There are different stories depicting how she was made and her hairs turning into serpents. One of the stories goes like this, Medusa was considered the most beautiful girl in the whole of Athens and this fact made Medusa proud. She became proud of her beauty and spoke less just because of her pride and arrogance. Whenever she used to talk to someone it was just about her beauty. She talked about her beauty compared to the natural beauties around the earth and considered them even superior to these natural beauties. Another habit she acquired because of her pride in her sheer beauty was of seeing and admiring her own beauty in the walls, darkened window and in the mirror. Her praises of her own beauty went on and on. One day she the largest to the Goddess Athena there, everyone visiting the temple praised Goddess Athena for inspiring them but Medusa was in some else world. When she saw the sculptures of Goddess Athena she commented that the sculptures would have been much better if they were hers and when she reached altar she commented that the temple is so beautiful and it is a shame it was wasted on Athena. The temple would have much more beautiful and will built a temple more…...

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