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Dahye Lee

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Transcript of Hercules

Brief summary of the story of Hercules

He is the son of Zeus and remembered for going through many challenges in his life in order to attain immortality.

Dahye, Dajeong
Rising Action
Falling Action
Rising Action
Hercules grows older and continues to receive the attention and affection from everyone.

Hera is still envious of him and eventually succeeds in getting her revenge. She drives Hercules mad and this causes a lot of trouble in his life.
Hercules is born and possesses great strength.
Hera is jealous of Zeus' affair and tries to kill Hercules by sending two serpents into his cradle.
However, Hercules is able to kill both the serpents with his bare hands.
Due to his temporary insanity, Hercules accidentally kills his wife and child. As a result, he is punished and forced to lose his chance of gaining immortality.

Out of desperation, he decides to ask the help of his cousin, Eurystheus.

Eurystheus, influenced by Hera, asks Hercules to perform ten labors before he is forgiven.
This is actually a trick because they both hope that Hercules will die a mortal death during one of these difficult and challenging labors.

Hercules sets on his journey to complete the labors and is faced with challenges along the way.

Falling Action
Despite the obstacles faced at each labor, Hercules is able to perform each labor, including additional two that were given to replace two labors, in which he had received help.
Hercules is able to attain his immortality and forgiveness after completing the twelve labors.

As a result of this, he is invited to the sky to live among the Mount Olympus gods.
Plot Summary of Hercules
Point of View
Third person point of view
The narrator is able to provide details of each characters as well as the challenges that Hercules faces.
Hera influences Eurystheus to send Hercules on the difficult labors

Through this labors, Hercules is able to develop his abilities further and eventually attain his immortality.

Indirectly, Hera has actually helped him.
Hercules symbolizes strong

The labors are symbols of tasks that are possible

Hercules chooses to wear the Nemean lion's pelt as his cloak.
The cloak is a symbol of his abilities and power as he received it after performing his first task.
What can you learn about the culture from the myth?
Based on the myth, I understand that strength and wisdom is something that is highly valued within the Greek culture. Additionally, I also learn that through the Gods are claimed to be higher beings compared to mortals (humans), they too experience that same emotions as we do. This can be seen when Hera tries to get revenge out of jealousy.
Setting of Hercules mythology
Characters in Hercules mythology
Theme of Hercules mythology


Atmosphere of Hercules Mythology
Hercules is a famous Greek legend who is remembered as one of the strongest members of Greek mythology.
Killing the Nemean Lion
Killing the Lernean Hydra
Getting the Golden Hind
Killing the Erymanthean Boar
Cleang the Augean Stables
Driving away the Stymphlaian Birds
Capturing the Cretan Bull
Capturing the four horses of Diomedes
Getting Hippolyte's Belt
Stealing the cattle of the three-headed, six legged monster Geryon
Getting the Apples of Hesperides
Travel to Hades to capture Cerberus, the three-headed dog

Twelve labors


Very strong

Son of Zeus and Alcmene

He killed his wife and son

He did 12 labours


Goddess of birth, women

She is known as zeus' wife

tried to kill Hercules
King of Tiryns

Hera was his best sponsor

instructed Hercules to do
12 labours

He was dead by Hercules
She was daughter of Creon
, king of Thebes

First wife of Hercules

She was dead by Hercules
Nephew of Hercules

Helped Hercules to
kill Hydra
Thank you
Shmoop Editorial Team. "Heracles (Hercules): The Twelve Labors Summary." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 24 Sept. 2014.

"Mythology Summary and Analysis." Mythology Study Guide : Summary and Analysis of Hercules; Atalanta. Gradesaver, n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2014.

Work Cited
Plot is the literary element that describes the structure of a story. It shows the order of events and actions within a story.

P.O.V. is the way a story is told (the voice of the narrator).

The use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning

A symbol is an object that represents something else, or something more important than the object itself.
Hercules vs Monsters (12 labors)
Hercules vs Hera
Hercules vs himself
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