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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 with his bare hands pg 278 In this episode of the story Hercules shows his bravery and strength that distinguishes him from an ordinary man Aware now
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