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The Legend of Hercules and Antaeus in Fahrenheit 451
Transcript of The Legend of Hercules and Antaeus in Fahrenheit 451
The Legend of Hercules and Antaeus
Faber pg 83
What is an allusion?
A brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance.
Hercules went to the garden of Hesperides for golden apples. Antaeus, a Libyan giant who supposedly had invincible strength, challenged Hercules to a wrestling match. As the hero he was, Hercules accepted. Hercules threw Antaeus down repeatedly, but it did no good. If anything, it seemed to strengthen Antaeus.
By examining the quote, one can determine its new context. Faber referred to the legend of Antaeus and Hercules to represent how the people of their society are being held from reason and quality of information and it is killing them. The knowledge and reason gives them strength (earth). It gives them the strength they need to survive.
The awareness of this allusion adds depth to the small quote that was spoken. It gives more meaning to the message being conveyed. Any allusion, in general, gives depth and value to what the author is trying to point out.
Hercules eventually remembered that Gaia was Antaeus' mother, and also the earth. She was the source of his strength. Hercules developed a thought and tested his theory. He held Antaeus up, away from the ground until all his power drained away. Antaeus was dead. After killing Antaeus, Hercules went back to his original task of retrieving the golden apples for King Eurystheus.
“Do you know the legend of Hercules and Antaeus, the giant wrestler, whose strength was incredible so long as he stood firmly on the earth?”
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