Hercules Influence On Moral Lessons

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Greek mythology is one of the most popular forms of mythology. It has a great impact on the lessons and the morals of society that people are familiar with today. Despite their powers and abilities, the Greek gods and goddesses are much like normal everyday people. The connection between real people and these deities, makes the lessons these myths have to offer more believable. Hercules is one deity in particular that is quite similar in many ways to any mere mortal. Although Hercules is known for being the greatest hero of Greece, he is also known for his acts of destruction and his influence of a moral lesson on today's society.

Hercules' great adventures stem from his tremendous background. It all started with his parents. Hercules' mother
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It is agreeable that he isn't the best role model of all time, but his mistakes can give people a good idea of what not to do in life. Despite his flaws, Hercules also had very admirable characteristics that have had influences on moral lessons. One of these characteristics includes that he knows when he makes mistakes. After committing such terrible crimes Hercules would feel terrible and accept any punishment they gave him gracefully (Cole). This can be seen as being influential on today's society because from a young age, people are taught to pay for making mistakes. Another example that shows how Hercules influenced morals of today's society was the time he accepted being a slave. It was after he killed his family that he was sentenced to twelve years of being the slave of king Equrystheus (TwelveLaboursofHercules,SonofJupiterandAlcmena). The king made him accomplish impossible tasks, but somehow Hercules managed to complete every single one of them. The first one was to kill the Nemean Lion,a ferocious beast. Then, after he skinned the lion and made a coat of it, he was ordered to kill Hydra, a swamp snake with nine heads. The third task was to capture a golden-horned deer. The next task was to seize the Erymanthian Boar. His fifth labor was To clean the Augean Stables, and he accomplished this by diverting a river through the stables. His sixth task was to drive away the Stymphalian Birds. Next Hercules had to Capture a bull and take it back to his master alive. Then Hercules was ordered to capture man-eating horses and take them back to Eurystheus (Wickersham). The ninth labor was to steal Hippolyte's belt. The tenth task was to steal giant red cattle from the monster Geryon. His next mission was to take golden apples from his enemy, Hera. His final labor was to steal a dog named Cerberus, who belonged to the god of the underworld, Pluto, also known as Hades