In Greek mythology, the children of the gods are heroes known for their dedication and their accomplishments. Hercules and Jason are two very well known heroes in Greek mythology. There are many similarities between them because they both show great strength and courage; however, they are different by their accomplishments and life ending.
Although Jason and Hercules were both raised in secret, unknown places, they faced different life challenges. Jason was the son of King Phrixus of Lolcus, but his wicked uncle Pelias overthrew the throne when Jason was young. Pelias became the new King of Lolcus and lived in fear of losing what he stole. As Jason became a grown man from an unknown place, he set out like a hero to claim his throne back from Pelias. In Edith Hamilton’s book, she explained Jason’s living conditions as “ a place of safety” (Hamilton 161) After he sets off back to his hometown, Jason encounters an old woman who is actually the goddess Hera. She requests help to get across a deep river and after Jason helps her, she dedicates to aid Jason through his long and treacherous journey in finding the Golden Fleece. As for Hercules’ early beginnings, a mortal queen named Alcemene not knowingly slept with Zeus who was disguised as King Amphitryon. Alcmene gave birth to two children: Iphicles and Hercules. Hera, the goddess who helped Jason on his quest was also the stepmother of Hercules. She hated Hercules and forced Alcmene to abandon the baby. After Hercules was left abandoned, Hera released two snakes to try to kill him. Surprisingly, Hercules had superhuman strength and killed both snakes. After this event happened, he lived with farmers. His challenge was to fit into his environment. When Hercules grew ...
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... Phineus, Jason returned with the glory of the Golden Fleece. He returned to his home to become the rightful king of Lolcus. Similarly, Hercules was also a special hero. He was a demigod who had superhuman strength. After murdering his family, Hercules was sentenced to twelve very dangerous labors. After Hercules died, he was considered as one of the greatest heroes in Greek Mythology.
Both great Greek heroes are similar in many ways but also very different in early life and accomplishments. Although Jason and Hercules were brave and achieved many dangerous tasks, their tasks were different in that Jason had to retrieve the Golden Fleece from the King of Colchis while Hercules had to complete several different labors to rid his sins from the murder of his family. Hercules and Jason are magnificent heroes in Greek mythology and they will be forever remembered.
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