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Hercules Allusions

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Anna Huff

on 25 September 2014

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Transcript of Hercules Allusions

Faber is referring to the Greek Myth of how Antaeus was defeated by being held away from the ground.
Faber believes this represents how the people are held away from the ground of reason and quality of information, rich, like the soil.
"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?" Faber pg 83.
Fahrenheit 451
Hercules by Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles told VH1 that the song is about feeling broken and needing to ask for help. "I was trying to think about an image that conjures up a strong individual," she said. "This Herculean entity that is fearless and courageous."

'Cause I have sent for a warrior

From on my knees, make me a Hercules
I was meant to be a warrior please
Make me a Hercules
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt depicted as the infant Hercules grappling with the Standard Oil Company.
Puck magazine cartoon, "The Infant Hercules and the Standard Oil serpents", May 23, 1906 issue; depicting U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt grabbing the head of Nelson W. Aldrich and the snake-like body of John D. Rockefeller.
Hamlet
Hamlet compares himself to Hercules when he is talking to his Uncle Claudius.
"My uncle, my father's brother, but no more like my father than I to Hercules.
There are similarities between between Hamlet and Hercules.
By: Anna Huff and Briggs Smith
Hercules Allusions
Hercules Movies
The Nutty Professor
Percy Jackson & The Olympians
Hercules is portrayed negatively in The Titan's Curse, receiving help in getting the Golden Apples but giving no credit to his helpmate, Zoe Nightshade. He appears again in the third of the books in the series The Heroes of Olympus, The Mark of Athena.
Hercules Transport Plane
The C-130 Hercules transport plane used by the United States Air Force to carry large volumes of war material and food.
Sayings
When people face clearing up a really big mess (especially trying to repair the damage done by a corrupt politician) you will occasionally here a reference to 'cleaning the Augean stables'. (King Augeus had an impossibly messy herd of cows, one of Hercules' twelve labors was to clean their stables).
Dante's Inferno
In Dante's Inferno there is an allusion to Hercules. Theseus and Hercules, two classical heroes each with a divine parent, previously entered the underworld and returned alive. Hercules, in fact, descended into Hades to rescue Theseus, who was imprisoned following his unsuccessful attempt to abduct Persephone, Queen of Hades. While the Furies express regret at not having killed Theseus when they had the chance, the heavenly messenger recalls that Cerbus bore the brunt of Hercules' fury as he was dragged by his chain along the hard floor of the underworld.
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