Classical Mythology Of The Greek And Roman Societal Views

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Heroes are a common theme in both modern and ancient works, and are often referenced as people who have influenced society in some way. Disney’s Hercules incorporates Classical Mythology within a number of scenes and includes a variety of typical mythological themes, yet fails to accurately characterize Hercules and reproduce his role in the Greek and Roman societal views, while neglecting major aspects surrounding his existence in the mythological world. The modern work does make use of Classical Mythology throughout the film. Many Greek characters are shown or referenced at different points in the movie, such as the beginning and end, where the stage is Mount Olympus. For example, the celebration of Hercules’ birth, the first major event, characters such as Zeus, Hera, Hermes, Ares, Orpheus, Narcissus, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Poseidon, Dionysus, and Demeter. Some of these characters are presumably shown, namely Apollo as he swoops around Mount Olympus in his sun chariot, Artemis with her magical deer, Athena with her armor and owl, Hephaestus with his lame and hunched stature, Aphrodite with her clingy clothing, Poseidon with his trident and sea-like image, Dionysus in his large and jolly appearance, and Demeter with her green, agricultural-themed outfit. Others are heard when Hermes flies into Mount Olympus, such as Orpheus, who apparently made an arrangement of flowers for Hera. These characters are also portrayed as prisoners at the most

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