The conflict in the myth is Hercules trying to redeem himself. After Hera tricks Hercules into killing his wife and children, he desperately wants to avenge them. So, he is sent on a quest by his cousin to complete twelve tasks. Completing these nearly impossible tasks would redeem him and allow him to live in peace. This is what motivates Hercules to become a hero.
As a gift of gratitude, he has the hand of Princess Megara. He was totally devoted to her in both the movie and myth. Not all is well in Hercules and Megara’s life, because Hera still wants to absolutely ruin Hercules’ life. After they have three sons, Hera makes Hercules go mad. In his madness, he kills Megara and his three sons.
A few months ago Proserpina the daughter of Ceres, goddess of grain, was kidnapped by Pluto, god of the underworld. Ceres is too sad to even grow plants on earth. People wonder if Zeus will step in and stop this. The Greeks say that Proserpina wanted to go to the underworld. The Romans say that Proserpina was kidnapped by Pluto and that Pluto is forcing Proserpina to be his wife.
With the realization of his demise, Oedipus tries to protect himself from punishment and shame by gouging out his own eyes and exiling himself out to die in the place destiny prevented him from dying originally. After many years of luxurious living, Oedipus’s predestined fate tears his life apart and returns him to the place he should have died as an infant, the mountain. Through the use of, departure, initiation, and return, Sophocles displays the journey of Oedipus. Not only is Oedipus the King evidence of the use of the hero’s journey throughout many famous plays, movies, and books across all cultures and time periods, but it also seen as a perfect tragedy, in which the audience experiences both pity and fear for the main
An example of this is in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey” where Odysseus tries to persuade his crew to bypass Thrinacia, the island of the sun god Helios, but they were too stubborn and insisted on landing. Due to their ignorance, and refusal to listen to Odysseus they accidentally angered the god Helios and to appease Helios Zeus sent down a thunderbolt on their ship killing all of Odysseus’s crew except himself. This is proof of how this was not entirely his fault, and how his name and reputation of being a hero shouldn’t be
An example of this is when he goes into exile after killing Megara and his children. Hercules’ dragons are the the twelve tasks he has to overcome throughout the story. Hercules’ ultimate task is to redeem his soul in the eyes of Zeus. This is shown when Zeus himself, commands Hercules to serve Eurystheus. Hercules’s virtue is his morality.
Moreover, Hercules finally arrives in Mount Olympus, he plans on staying there until he sees Meg’s mood change as she begins to retreat back to earth. However, Hercules realizes that if he stays on Mount Olympus with the gos and his parents, he can not be with his one true love, Meg. Due to that, he makes the bold decision of returning to his ordinary world with her on his magical
Hercules is a Beowulf-style hero because he has qualities of an epic hero, and is treasured by a group of people. An epic hero is one of great strengths and supernatural abilities. Beowulf is unable to be harmed by certain weapons, and Hercules has great strength. They also both go on a quest. Beowulf seeks to kill the evil Grendel, Hercules set out on a quest to complete the 12 labors.
Also, in the Original version of the story, Hercules was challenged with 12 tasks, known as the “Challenges of Hercules”. Hercules was sent to complete these tasks by the antagonist, Hera, or the Girl of Zeus, Hercules’ father. Hera was angry with Zeus for cheating on her, so she sent Hercules, his son, to go through challenges which she thought would most certainly kill him. In the Disney version, Hercules was met with the main antagonist, Hades, or the guardian of the underworld, who is suggested to be evil, almost taking the role of the Devil. He wanted to kill Hercules so he could get revenge on Zeus, for sending him into the underworld.
Being that Oedipus is the cause of this plaque he goes through a great deal to find out the reason why, not knowing that his search would reveal a much more devastating truth for him. Oedipus is fated from childhood by the gods to one day kill his father and marry his mother. His parents attempt to protect Oedipus from this fate by taking and leaving him on mount Cithaeron
At this moment, the story’s aetiological function uncovers. Prometheus is outraged by Zeus’ decision to withhold fire and decides to steal it back for humanity. This is the myth’s explanation as to why humans have the ability to handle heat and fire. “The brave son of Iapetos deceived him, and he stole the ray, far-seeing, of unwearied fire, hid in the hollow fennel stalk” (Devinney/Thury 486). Thus granting man with fire, Prometheus becomes a culture hero for mankind.