Zoe – An Elegy for Medusa
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College Student (The World)
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Jacksonville State University
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Jacksonville, AL, USA
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Instagram: zo.chuang, twitter: ivyleaguegf
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An Elegy for Medusa
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This was initially written for a poetry assignment in my creative writing class, and I ended up writing a collection of elegies for tragic women in Greek mythology. A big part of dismantling the patriarchy is learning to subverse the narrative that we have all been told. I grew up believing that Medusa was the villain, but as I grew older, I realized she was just trying to protect herself from the systems and structures that harmed her, and she was just trying to find a way to survive. Thus, this poem was born. It explores the subversion of the tragic woman trope, and explores the ways in which women learn to defend themselves. Many women in Greek mythology are used as points to further a man's journey, and so I really wanted to explore who Medusa was, and the ways in which she fought to survive.
What is something you learned about patriarchy and what is something you would like to change about what you learned?
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