Hera Character Analysis
Zeus is also responsible for upholding laws and justice, and for making sure mortal rulers are just. His symbols include lightning and eagles.
When an author alludes to Zeus or Jupiter, he is emphasizing that character is a strong ruler, powerful, and kingly. He may also be referencing to a character who is unfaithful (Zeus’s many affairs), or an usurper (Zeus overthrowing his father, Kronos, …show more content…
Her symbols are the peacock, a symbol of pride, and the cow, a symbol of maternity.
When an author alludes to Hera or Juno, he is emphasizing that character is proud and vengeful, but caring as long as she is not wronged. Hera loves her family, but directs her anger at Zeus’s illegitimate bastards (such as Hercules). A Hera character can be dangerous against those she disapproves of (such as Hera’s act of throwing Hephaestus from Mount Olympus for being deformed). He may also be referencing a character that easily becomes jealous, rude, and angry. Similar to Zeus, a Hera character may also be regal, stately, and queenly.
Athena is the goddess of wisdom, war, and crafts. Minerva, her Roman form, is less warlike (This role was given to the Roman goddess Bellona.) She is the patron goddess of Athens and the rival of Poseidon. She is the daughter of Zeus, and burst from his head fully formed after Zeus swallowed her mother, Metis, after learning of a prophecy that foretold the son of Metis would overthrow his …show more content…
Hermes, or Mercury, is the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia, god of thieves, trade, and the messenger of the gods. He is a bit of a jack of all trades, and the assistant of the gods. He invented the lyre from a tortoise shell and gave it to Apollo. Hermes is helpful to man and often helps travelers. A symbol of Hermes is his caduceus, a staff with two snakes wrapped around it.
When an author alludes to Hermes or Mercury, he is emphasizing that character is cunning and shrewd. They are skilled with their hands and may also be a swift athlete, which would be a reference to Hermes’s job as a swift messenger for the gods. The character may also be a smooth talker, with a good understanding of social relations.
Hestia, or Vesta, is the goddess of the hearth, the home, and domestic life. She is the oldest sister of Zeus, and the eldest daughter of Rhea and Kronos. She is a maiden and has no children, and is the gentlest of the Olympians. Her job on Mount Olympus is to tend the sacred hearth. The flames she tends represent life and