Which men go armed to seek and sever.
It is most deadly when most dead,
And dead will stare and sting forever.
― Archibald MacLeish, Beauty
The end of Medusa's life is what makes her a symbol of unconquerable feminine power, freedom, magic, transformation, and protection. It was when Perseus beheads her in her sleep, that the course of history and her legacy transpires. It is said that when Perseus decapitated Medusa, Pegasus (a winged horse) and Chrysaor―a golden sword-wielding giant―came out of her body, making her a symbol of powerful transformation and reincarnation.