Hercules: A Greek Hero

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He killed a lion with his bare hands, brought a boar alive back to King Eurystheus, and brought justice to a cruel barbaric king who fed human beings to his horses. These are just three of the amazing feats that this Greek hero accomplished. He was born of Zeus and a mortal woman. Hera tried to kill him twice, but it didn’t work out, even though he was driven insane and killed his wife and children. He worked for King Eurystheus for twelve years and was a great warrior. He married another woman and killed a centaur who wanted her. Then the centaur had his revenge, which brought about his death. Hercules conforms as a Greek Hero because he had a noble birth and childhood, had a plethora of astonishing feats, and had a somewhat usual death. …show more content…
Hercules did cut corners during his feats and even swore revenge on King Augeias when he refused to pay him. However, most of Hercules’ feats showed great courage and strength. To begin with, Hercules was sent to kill the Nemean lion, a deadly lion with impenetrable hide, as his first labor. He wrestled it to death with his bare hands and skinned the hide of the lion with its own claws to use as armor (Theoi.com). Secondly, Hercules was sent to capture a boar as his fourth labor. After chasing the boar through deep snow, he netted it and brought it back alive to King Eurystheus, who was horrified at the sight (Theoi.com). Lastly, King Eurystheus commanded Hercules to fetch the horses of King Diomedes, who fed the mares a diet of human flesh. Hercules captured the horses and went to deal with Diomedes. He fed the cruel, barbaric king to his own horses, which he obviously deserved for murdering many humans (Theoi.com). All three of these feats showed exceptional skill, courage, and strength. To summarize, even though Hercules cut a few corners and was sometimes malicious toward others, most of his feats were stupendous, which characterized him as a hero in Greek …show more content…
First, he was poisoned and burnt by a centaur who gave his blood to Hercules’ second wife, Deianeira. The centaur deceived her and in a way, ended up murdering Hercules, who, after being affected by the poison, wanted to die and even built a pyre to die on. Secondly, Hercules had many amazing feats, including wrestling a lion to the death, catching a boar and carrying it alive back to King Eurystheus, and killing a cruel king who fed humans to his horses. Lastly, he was a hero from the very beginning of his life, being the son of Zeus and being raised by a king and queen. He killed a lion with his bare hands, brought a boar alive back to King Eurystheus, and brought justice to a cruel barbaric king who fed human beings to his horses. These accomplishments and much more undeniably made Hercules and exceptional Greek

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