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Greek Mythology in The Avengers
Transcript of Greek Mythology in The Avengers
Thor can be compared to Zeus in Greek Mythology. Although Thor is not the king of the Gods, he has a lot of influence over what The Avengers do on Earth. He is the only character that is a god (from Norse mythology). Because he is a god and has qualities greater than that of his peers, he has the capability to be the "king" of The Avengers, especially with the given situation in the movie. In addition, Thor also has control over the sky like Zeus.
Loki is similar to Poseidon. Poseidon was always looking for a way to gain more power, and Loki was looking for a way to be more powerful than his brother, Thor. Both Loki and Poseidon were also frequently angry. Finally, Poseidon used his trident the same way Loki uses his staff. Both instruments are great sources of power for them.
The Hulk is similar to Hades. When Hades would get angry, he would flare up into a horrifying beast like the Hulk. Hades lives in his own world, and the Hulk tries to live in solitude so that he doesn't harm people. At times, Hades was said to be terrible, but not evil. The same can be said for the Hulk. He does not have evil intentions, but can be overbearing at times.
Black Widow is very similar to Athena. Athena is the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy. Black Widow has both these things. In the beginning of the movie, she is shown using her strategy to catch criminals and convince the Hulk to join The Avengers. She always thinks before she acts and takes time to figure out the best way to handle any given situation.
Captain America is a lot like Prometheus. Prometheus was willing to give humans anything they needed to survive on Earth and to protect them against the Gods, such as fire. In a similar way, Captain America, or Steve Rogers, is always there to serve the people. He puts others before himself, like Prometheus gave himself for the betterment of mankind. Both are strong and courageous fighters not afraid of the consequences of their heroic actions.
Iron Man is like Hephaestus. Hephaestus is the blacksmith of the gods. He can make anything the gods need. Iron Man is capable of creating nearly everything. His alter ego, Tony Stark, is a wealthy businessman that has made money off his inventions. The symbol for Hephaestus is his hammer, which can also be said for Iron Man because of his "handy-man" and engineering skills.
Greek Mythology in The Avengers
Hawkeye is like Artemis because both are easily angered when threatened. However, they are also always conscious of the consequences of their actions. They also use their abilities to help the common good. Artemis and Hawkeye are wise and good at thinking through strategy. They also both use a bow and arrow as their weapon of choice.
By Meghan Kelly