Essay On Hercules Myth

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Hercules Myth verses Movie
Hercules character of Greek Mythology was portrayed differently in the Disney Movie especially through the animation, the music and the voices. Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek divine hero Heracles, son of Zeus and a mortal mother Alcmene, who in classical mythology was famous for his strength and many adventures. He was the last mortal son of Zeus and is the only man born of mortal woman to become a god upon his death. Some of Hercules strengths grew over time in the Disney movie, where as in the myth it was pounded into him at an early age. He is best known as the strongest of all mortals.
Hercules in mythology often lost control of his temper which caused him to accidently kill innocent people. One
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It was better for the movie that would be seen by a modern audience to portray Hercules as someone who was good, than a character who was a hero with anger management problems. His character in the movie was more endearing as someone who has good intentions and could be a positive role model.
The Ancient Greeks prized both great feats and honorable spirits in their hero’s. The message conveyed in the Hercules myth is that the ancient Greeks defined a hero as someone who has godlike qualities and steadfast mortality. Hercules chosen weapon was a massive club and his customary garment was a lion skin with the head still attached. Terrible things happened to him because of hatred, a hatred he was not responsible for. That he perseveres through it all is a great moral victory beyond simple strength.
In the movie Hercules, he is told by his birth father, Zeus, that if he wants to become a true hero, he will become a god again. Hercules devotes himself to hero training and once finished he takes on every monster and natural disaster Hades can throw his way. Hercules takes it all on just to prove his strength, bravery, gain fame and wealth and become a true hero…only to be told that being famous is not the same as being a true hero. Hercules many heroic deeds, tremendous wealth and prestige are essentially useless to his goal of becoming a true

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