By: James Lawson, Joey Murphy, Kyle Heinsohn, Marcus Brion, Phoebe Benson The 1997 Disney classic

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By: James Lawson, Joey Murphy, Kyle Heinsohn, Marcus Brion, Phoebe Benson
The 1997 Disney classic Hercules takes place in Greece. It is an animated, American spin on the Greek mythological story. Hercules, who is the son of Zeus, becomes mortal and must grow up on earth. In the original story, Hercules accidentally kills his wife and ends up committing suicide before being saved by Zeus and brought to Mt. Olympus. The family-friendly Disney version has Hercules falling in love and saving the day. Our group watched the movie, attempting to analyze it from a sociological point of view; these are our thoughts on Hercules.
During most of the movie the writers for Disney were ethnocentric towards the Greek culture by overusing the columns,
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In this film, one of the norms was that if anyone was in trouble, Hercules was going to be there in a matter of seconds to save them.

While Hercules was still a God on Mt. Olympus, he had a glowing tan just like Zeus. When he was poisoned by Pain and Panic and became only half-God, he became lighter skinned and lost his tan. This shows that as in society, view people who are tan as more powerful and strong. Hercules shows how only fame and being a hero will make the people of Greece accept him for who he is, and that until he uses his God-like abilities to other’s benefits, nobody will accept him. As Hercules later became famous, people began to idolize him. The movie shows Hercules merchandise such as Air-Herc shoes, a sports cup with his face on it, and dolls that look like him. This shows that because he became a hero, culture accepted him. Later in the movie when Meg dies and goes to the underworld, she was able to be saved when Hercules dove in and got her. This brings the belief that there could be life after death.
The movie Hercules portrays both male and females stereotypes and roles. For males in this movie they fall into three categories, the big and strong heros such as Zeus and Hercules, the normal males of Greece, and then there are the outcasts, males with homosexual tendencies displayed by Hermes, or perverted tendencies like Philoctetes. For females, Disney has always put the characters into one of three types of

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