Ancient greek heroes

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The Irony of Being A Hero Heroes played many roles in Greek mythology, where several people were tried and admired in a variety of ways. The Greeks consider heroes as people who go on an extraordinary journey, completing an impossible task, and being courageous. According to the Webster's Dictionary, the definition of a hero is a man who is admired for his achievements and qualities, but the definition varies in the perspective of different individuals. A hero to one person may be a villain to another. The motifs of heroic myths in Greek Mythology contain heroes that can be viewed as heroes or villains. The mythological hero, Hercules has many human flaws that places doubt in one's mind as to consider him a hero or villain. Hercules is talented and is given supernatural strength, which he does not how to control. One day Hercules becomes filled with rage and he assassinated his wife and children.

A person may use this act against Hercules and portray him as a villain. In order to expiate himself, he goes to an oracle, which eventually sends him out to fulfill the "12 Labors". This act is another justification for the belief of Hercules being a villain; he did the "12 Labors" for a pardon of his act not really a trial to prove his "heroic qualities". Hercules is usually considered a hero since he does complete the "12 Labors" that included some impossible tasks, like destroying the Hydra. People may have also considered Hercules as heroic because of his supernatural strength. He also may have been a role model to young lads in the Greek times. Jason is also a hero that may also be portrayed as a villain. Jason is a hero because he captures the...