Both passage one and two share a multitude of themes throughout each story. Each story showcases different lessons to be learned, but are both a story of the sky needing to be held up, but either character not wanting that burdensome task. Both stories showcase the themes of selfishness and untrustworthiness. One of the first themes exhibited in both passages is that being selfish and taking the easy way out can make it harder for other people. The first passage shows this theme when the giant is making Hercules hold up the sky when Hercules had a mission of bringing the three golden apples to the king. Paragraph 8 of passage 1 says “for he had no unkind feelings for Hercules, and was merely acting with a too selfish consideration of his own …show more content…
In passage 1, Hercules is holding the sky up for the giant, Atlas, while Atlas is getting golden apples for Hercules. After he gets the apples, he insists on taking them to the king for Hercules because Atlas wants to be free longer and not have to worry about holding up the sky. Hercules shows that he’s upset about it,and it shows when he says in paragraph 7, “Pish! A fig for its talk!’ cried Hercules with another hitch of his shoulders. “Just take the sky upon your head one instant, will you?” Hercules and Atlas were both untrustworthy in the situation as they both didn’t want to hold up the sky and were both willing to trick each other to not have to bear the burden. In passage 2, Heracles is holding up the sky and Atlas asks if he needs anything. Heracles responds “Since you asked, I’d like a pad for my head-take the weight off,”(Paragraph 22.) Heracles was the untrustworthy one in the situation and Atlas shouldn’t have trusted him. After Atlas helps Heracles, Atlas gets tricked and stuck holding the sky up. Ultimately, both passages show the theme of untrustworthiness, by either one character or two in both
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Also there is a Disney film Hercules which tells the story of Hercules. The movie shows all his achievements and how he came to be. Chapter 9: It’s More Than Just Rain or
Hercules is in the way of the great evil plan Hades has made. This fits in with the Christian belief of the ruler of the underworld being evil. The western world paint Hades as the ultimate evil of the movie, and they do not question this. The makers of the movie felt like we needed a villain, and they chose Hades. He fit in the box they put all the villains in, so they chose
Heracles felt his skin burning with jealousy”. This proves that neither Atlas nor Hercules liked carrying the sky in either passage. Because of this, both characters have tension about taking back the world, which causes Atlas to keep the weight on Hercules’ back. This develops the theme of treating others how people should treat you from the nerves both characters have. In conclusion, the idea of treating others how people should treat you is developed with the
In the movie Hercules tries to do good deeds to be a god like his family and to be with them on Mount Olympus and in the myth Hercules tries to do 10 tasks to appease Hera, so she can leave him alone. Even though both the movie and the myth is about Hercules; he is a different type of hero archetype for different scenarios. For the movie and the myth I am going to write about what kind of hero archetype Hercules is for each of them. For the myth Hercules Archetype is a Seeker.
On the other hand, in passage two the end goes as, "He did it with such grace and ease, with such gentleness, love almost, that Heracles was ashamed for a moment. " This shows that Hercules was planning on leaving Atlas after trapping him as well, even despite his
The Greek pantheon decided to help him because they remembered Odysseus’ sacrifices, Athena told Zeus, “ Did not Odysseus offer you delightful sacrifices?”(1.62-63) Zeus responds by agreeing to rescue Odysseus. This situation shows how the Greeks believed that sacrificing and being respectful of the gods could help get a person out of a tight spot. The Greeks also believed that their misfortunes were caused by the gods
In the departure phase of a hero’s journey, as outlined by Joseph Campbell, a hero will question the world he or she lives in because he or she is different. Almost in most journeys of a hero there will be some sort of a call of adventure, or a reason from leaving, which a hero will sometimes deny, and sometimes accept. In Hercules case he is different from the ordinary world. Hercules is extraordinary strong. He gets called a freak and doesn’t
He was too strong for anyone to force a punishment on him. That he willing did severe penance shows a fundamental sense of justice. During his punishments he showed patience, fortitude and endurance that were as heroic as his strength. Hercules was strong, courageous and brave. His strength is unmatched by anything.
When Hercules matured and settled down with a family, Hera cursed him to go insane and in his insanity he murdered his beloved wife and children. Although he wasn't responsible for his actions, he wanted to seek forgiveness for them. So he ventured to a shrine and prayed to the all powerful god of medicine, Apollo. Apollo is very important in his archetypal role of the mentor because he provides guidance for Hercules and leads him further into the development of the story and allows him to find his call to action, the first stage of the hero’s journey. When he asked for help from Apollo, he was offered to work for Eurystheus, king of Mycenae, and repent his wrongdoings.
He is welcomed with open arms by his father and mother to stay and be with the Gods but denies to stay on Earth with Meg, the woman he loves. Hercules is a true hero and now must return home back to the ordinary world of Thebes, a changed man. The journey he faced not only changed him but gained him so much knowledge, faced Hades terrible dangers and even death on more than one occasion. Hercules looks forward to living his new life with Meg as a mortal man. He has a new hope and understanding of who he is as a person.
In the text it states, “It was our luck to come here, here we stand beholden for your help, or any gifts you give-as custom is to honor strangers. We would entreat you, great Sir, have a care for the gods’ courtesy; Zeus will avenge the offending guest.” In this statement it tells how if the Cyclops didn’t greet and assist Odysseus that the Gods would harm them. This can be seen as a malicious threat and it clearly offended the Cyclops because he later attacked. So now this “legendary hero” had clearly mistreated innocent Cyclops and become unfaithful to his wife that he loved.
The first thing a hero needs to go through in his journey is the departure phase. Hercules is in a ordinary world as he knew but he always knew that there was something different about him, and that he didn’t belong here. Hercules was very strong. Stronger than anyone in his village.
In this analysis my main focus would be: why Hercules was famous in Greek Myth? , how did he impact the world and its society? and what lessons can be learnt from him? Hercules, the son of Zeus, was very famous in Greek mythology because he slayed the unbeatable nine headed hydra and the famous Nemean lion. When he was a kid he strangled and killed two venomous snakes with his bare hands and also he was the only warrior in Greek myth who was half god and half human.
Hercules and Theseus, two great heroes from mythology, seem to be similar in many ways. Both extremely brave and noble; with a love of danger and adventure mixed with compassion, creates the perfect heroes. Their stories intertwine with one another’s when Hercules has to save Theseus from the chair of forgetfulness in Hades. Theseus saved Hercules when he was distraught with intent to kill himself. In a similar way, they both stood by their friends no matter the cost.
Hercules knew he wasn’t a regular child. Hercules then had one quest which was to be back on Mt.Olympus with his real family. Hercules has a fear for his true love with Meg to not be true. Meg was working for Hades and ended falling in love with Hercules. Hades wanted Meg to destroy Hercules even though she had true feelings for him.