Heracles: A Primary Example of Joseph’s Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

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Heracles favorite of the Greeks is a primary example of Joseph’s Campbell’s hero’s journey, proven by all the actions that Heracles has done during the span of his Life.

This paper is to show that Heracles is the prime example of a hero’s journey through his actions and the struggles that he faced during his life until he was about to die but instead of death, his father, Zeus, saved him and he conquered the mortal realm, to become a god.

INTRODUCTION The story of Heracles that comes to people’s mind is not what Heracles had to do during his life. Throughout the life of Heracles, he has shown that he deserved to be remembered as a great hero, through the opposition that he faced from the
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HERACLES CALL TO ADVENTURE The 12 labors that Heracles had to face were to purify him from killing his family even though his madness that caused him. The madness was caused by Hera because of her hatred for him. The person that assigned the way to purify him was the oracle at Delphi. “To find out how to cleanse himself of his sins, Heracles consulted the oracle at Delphi. The oracle answered, “You must go too your cousin Eurystheus, king of Mycenae, and do whatever he demands of you. Only in this way shall you be cleansed” (Low 94). This was the only way for Heracles to become cleansed and to atone or his sins. Before he set off to go to the city of Tiryns or Mycenae Heracles was visited by the gods. These gods had pity for Heracles and gave him weapons for the trials that his was about to face. The gifts he received were: A robe, a sword, golden breast-plate, a team of horse, and a shield (Dowrick 198). Heracles will not use this equipment in the trials except for the first one. These gifts show the read that Hercules had some Gods of his side. These gods will become helpful to Heracles during his trials because some of the gods, like Athena, will intervene in one of his labors and help him move along and keep going. Hercules faced these Labor with training, as a young boy. Heracles was trained by the famous hero mentor, Cheiron. Hercules went into these labors ready to face the world and to try
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