When you hear the word hero, what do you think of? Most people’s idea of a hero is someone you hear about often; like a police officer or firefighter. However, what many don’t realize is that it is not the person’s occupation that leads them to be classified as a hero. It is simply the traits they possess. In modern society, a hero is defined by their courage, generosity, honor, or an outstanding achievement. Yet, in ancient Greek times these traits were different. A hero then was also defined by their courage and strength, but also if they had divine ancestry, meaning one of their parents was a god, and were favored by the gods, meaning they were helped and liked by the gods. Some examples of heroes from ancient Greek times are Hercules, Theseus, and Perseus. Theseus and Perseus would still be considered heroes now, however Hercules would not be. Theseus, first of all, was viewed as a hero in ancient Greek times because he had all the traits valued by the Greeks; courage, strength, divine ancestry, and the god’s trust. Theseus was courageous in many ways, but the main example is his volunteering to be sacrificed to the minotaur (Hamilton …show more content…
His generosity is shown in the gift he gives Polydectes for his wedding. Even though he was young and alone, Perseus could have chosen a simpler gift, yet he chose to bring Polydectes the head of Medusa (Hamilton 143). This is an example of generosity because be was ready to give a bigger present than is necessary, and this is the exact definition of generosity. He was also an honorable man. Perseus exhibits honor after he returns from killing the Gorgon Medusa. He was highly respected after he turned Polydectes to stone with Medusa’s head, and therefore freed the island from the their terrible ruler (Hamilton 148). So, because of these other qualities Perseus would be considered a hero
In conclusion, Odysseus deserves to be called a hero because he displays courage, employs cunning, and contains humility instead of hubris. Odysseus is not always fearless, but he has the courage to fight off his fear and do what he has to do. Also, Odysseus’s cunning is able to get him out of tough situations by having him think on the spot. Lastly, Odysseus realizes his faults, one of them being that he didn’t think the gods were higher than him and that they have more power than him. Altogether, Odysseus’s journey has changed his life for the better and he is recognized as a true hero.
Great Heroes are known to do magnificent actions helping and saving others. The greek mythology heroes are no different. Interestingly there are many heroes that seem completely different but prove to be very similar. Heracles and Jason tasked with different labors and regarded differently both prove similar by both being extravagant heros and are unquestionably brave.
Many think being a hero is having super powers, but on the contrary it's more than that. A hero is one who is distinguished for their courage and bravery, and looked upon for their great deeds. A hero like this is not just found in modern society today, but in mythology as well. In the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus earns the title of a true hero by conveying many qualities such as: determination, courage and leadership.
It is an universal acknowledge that Theseus is a Greek hero, mentioned in myths by people. Which he volunteered to be a tribute and sacrifice to the Minotaur, in order to kill the Minotaur . At the end he successfully slew it with Ariadne's help who fell in love with him and promised to marry him.
...teristics and literary devices. The general archetypical description of a hero follows an outline of a muscular figure and super abilities. Yet on the contrary, in myths, heroes may not possess any of those traits. Whether the so-called hero is learning their lesson, overcoming struggle or even descending into darkness, all heroes share some similar and almost identical characteristics. A vast majority of all mythological heroes share the same basic idea which, helps audiences identify whether or not the character is indeed a hero or not. From story to myth or fairytale to drama, the hero is one character who changes the plot entirely. Whether that hero may be saving a burning building, or discovering who they are themselves, our heroes all give us hopes and dreams that one day even our worth will be recognized by ourselves and others as our admirable hero’s are.
Theseus first displays his heroic nature when he was seven years old. Hercules came home and took of his lion’s skin. Convincing as it looks, Theseus friends ran away. “Theseus quickly grabbed an axe and fiercely attacked it” (244). Theseus was ready to risk his life at the age of seven. Theseus friends were terrified but Theseus showed them that he was fearless. Many thrive to obtain the characteristic of fearless and are willing to do anything to achieve the title. Perseus announces that he has no family wealth for the king but Perseus can offer his service. “I would even kill the terrible Gorgon Medusa”(200). Perseus behead the mortal Gorgon with one slice of his sharp sickle. Perseus risked his life just to prove his loyalty and courage. Theseus is a number of heroic things such as strong, selfless etc. Most importantly he is fearless and continuously is able to display it through his actions. Theseus courageously and fearlessly volunteered himself to kill the Minotaur just like how he killed Marathon. This shows that he’s not afraid to kill anyone. He was admired by many, including the Athenians due to his courage and honour. Theseus was known to defeat extremely difficult
All the heroes you can count, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Theseus, Hercules, Achilles, etc. all have heroic qualities that you love. Are you thinking of any fascinating Greek mythology heroes? Being a hero is someone that is being recognized and admired by a group of people. Superheroes each have their different missions and quests to complete that amazes the audience. Greek cultures include a variety of qualities of a hero that is the basic qualities of being an admirable hero. The Greek stories Theseus and Hercules reflect the most important qualities a Greek Hero should have. Through these two thrilling stories, the qualities of intelligence and courage stand out to be the most important Greek qualities.
Heroes have formed an important part of literature since the ancient and medieval times. They represent the dominant values and ideals in a culture that only a few human beings could live up to. While the cultures understood the value of abiding by their virtues and ideals, they were also inherently aware of the challenges and strength of character required to accomplish such a task. Heroes were regarded as the embodiment of this struggle and a true reflection of people who had given it all to achieve the unattainable. In ancient and medieval epics, heroes played the same role of representing the dominant values and beliefs of a culture. As this values and beliefs changed, the character of heroes in the story also changed to embrace the new perspective. Sometimes, the characters represented ideals shared by
Heroes reflect the greatest strengths of the human condition, as well as highlighting the flaws of human nature itself. It is no surprise then that throughout the Greek world are found depictions of heros on various pieces of pottery. These pieces better help to understand what the people of the ancient Greek world were like and which heroic values they felt were worthy of art. When analyzing the art and the stories of such heroes, common themes tend to emerge of what the ancient Greeks thought were heroic values. Values such as valor, strength, and pride are found in these heroes’ stories, however there tends to emerge a theme of devastation threading the stories of the heroes together. These intriguing tales of mythical heroes help to enlighten the mystique of the ancient Greeks.
Thanks to the advice of the Gray Women, he journeyed to the land of the nymphs of the North. He reached the gathering place of the Hyperboreans, where the citizens showed him hospitality and gave him food, along with three gifts that would help him on his journey. This included winged sandals, which he would use to fly to the island; a magic wallet that could expand to any size, for Medusa’s head to be carried in; and a cap of invisibility, she way he would hide from the Gorgons (203 Hamilton). Without these gifts, he surely would’ve died while on his quest. We as a modern day society admire when someone is able to ask for help when they need it instead of try to prove their independence. It shows a sense of maturity and strong communication skills. Another instance of Perseus being up for the challenge is when he saw Princess Andromeda, tied to a rock and about to be eaten by a sea serpent, and he saves her by chopping off the head of the serpent (206 Hamilton). This shows Perseus going the extra mile, even after killing Medusa, but completing another nearly impossible task straight after. He wasn’t afraid to do more than his duty called for. We of course respect this nowadays, feeling that we should do as much good as we can, not only what is expected of
Odysseus has all the qualities made to be a true hero. Not only did Odysseus fight on behalf of the Greeks in Troy (Trojan War), but everything he went through he learned a valuable lesson at the end; Odysseus endured so much during his journey going back to Ithaca but he never gave up on any of his principles. He also had good escape strategies, and he risked his life to save others. Imagine you being on the same journey Odysseus went through, do you honestly believe you would have survived? He made some minor mistakes along the way but nobody’s perfect. That’s why Odysseus is a hero because, he’s strong, and intelligent and was able to get out of sticky situations.
He kills the Minotaur, turns Athens into a democracy, and clears the land of monsters for travelers. Even if there were heroes more mighty and strong than Theseus, he is still a great hero because of his fairness and his fight for the ideal of justice. It’s important to remember Theseus because of how his early adventures benefited the city and region of Athens, helping in the consolidation of the Athenian power through shrewd political maneuvering. He also led the Athenian army on a number of victorious campaigns. He is also credited as the founder of democracy, transferring many of his powers as king over to an elected assembly. While Jason, Hercules, and Perseus are all Greek heroes, Theseus portrays the most admirable characteristics of a
“I do believe and hero is a person that can be knocked down. A failure isn’t a person who gets knocked down; a failure is a person who stays down, and to me, the great heroes take the beating, get knocked down and stand back up again. Perseus is defined as one of the great heroes in literature, so you gotta take that on board.” Said Sam Worthington talking about the hero Perseus. Perseus was the best greek hero. He slayed Medusa, he saved Andromeda from a sea monster, and his own grandfather put him and Danae, his mom, in a chest and threw him into the sea when he was a baby!
Perseus was a hero in greek mythology, known for killing Medusa, the monster that could turn men to stone just by looking at them. He did this because he was on a quest rescue his mother from being married to an evil ruler named Polydectes. Perseus made a promise to kill Medusa and return to the wedding with Medusa's head and turn Polydectes to stone. Perseus received gifts from the god Hermes and the goddess Athena to help him on his way, the gifts being an invisible cap and a never ending wallet from Hermes, and a invincible shield and an invincible sword from Athena. Perseus eventually finds Medusa's lair through the help of the three blind women who share an eye and a tooth between them selves. Perseus cautiously sneaks up on Medusa while she's sleeping, and Perseus sees her in the reflection of his shield, and takes a big, heavy swing and swiftly cuts off Medusa's head. Medusa's Gorgon sisters wake up and chase