Essay by audia628University, Bachelor's March 2006

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Heracles is one of the most popular Greek heroes. In classic mythology, Hercules was depicted unbelievably strong and courageous. His deeds were so mighty that when he died, he was brought to Mount Olympus to live with gods. As the son of Zeus and a mortal woman, Alcmene, Hercules was destined to be a hero. Hercules remains the Greek hero as an extraordinary man who often combines his courage and strength as a hero (Harris pg 277). His heroism and adventures were depicted by Disney in many movies. Hercules is perhaps the most well known Greek hero, not only in ancient times, but also in modern culture. Perhaps this is because of his many adventures and many trials he suffered before finally obtaining immortality. Although Hercules was the son of the most significant figures in Greek mythology, the story of his life can be interpreted as the story of every-man who struggled, endured all the hardship prepared for him, made mistakes, overcame difficulties, and tried to fulfill the purpose of his life.

Unlike an ordinary human being Hercules was given unnatural strength when he was a child. Nevertheless, he still needed to be trained more physically and emotionally in order to become a skillful worrier, hero, and just simply go on in his life. For, example, one night after Alcmene put her children to bed, Hercules' twin brother, Iphicles, was awoken by two huge serpents that were sent by Hera to kill the son of Zeus. According to Harris, when Hercules awoke he grasped the two snakes in order to play with them, but squeezed the life out of them. When Alcmene awoke to see what all the commotion was about, she was amazed at the sight of her infant son holding two snakes that he had killed...