Essay on Hermes: the Trickster
Hermes was a devious character since the day of his birth when he stole the cattle of Apollo. When confronted by Apollo, Hermes told him: "I cannot give news of them, nor win the reward for news. Am I like a …show more content…
Zeus was probably the greatest believer in Hermes' deceiving techniques, that can be seen by the sending of Hermes to try to convince Prometheus to tell Zeus the name of the woman that would bare Zeus' successor. Prometheus was quite the trickster himself, and Zeus probably sent Hermes to talk to Prometheus not just because Hermes was Zeus' trusted messenger, but I think because Zeus was hoping that Hermes might be able to "out-trick" Prometheus.
Although some of the stories about Hermes' slickness wouldn't be appreciated by today's standards of story complexity, he's quite deceptive compared to other Olympians and stories from that era. The tales about Hermes show how crafty and tricky he was. I also think that he had long-term thinking when he deceived someone. This can be seen from how he befriended Apollo and how he became Zeus' right hand. I also think that he probably had the easiest life out of all the Olympians since he never tackled