Hercules : The Sea Cultural Hero Of Hercules

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“Both brutish and resourceful, blessed and cursed by the gods, noble and insanely violent” was the Mediterranean cultural hero of Hercules (Lopez-Ruiz 257). As a character and hero, Hercules was a contradiction. Throughout the hero’s life, he constantly juxtaposed himself through his conflicting qualities and narrative. Neither moral nor immoral was the prodigious Hercules. The story of this champion’s life was full of enigmas; Hercules was not a god however not quite a mortal either. This constant combat of one or the other not only made Hercules, the famous Greco-Roman hero but also caused him suffering and joy. Despite his status as a demigod, neither human nor god saw him as a unified figure of neither divine nor earthly but a intricate unification of them both. His supposed existence is the personification of the human condition of paradox in regards to emotions, physicality, sexuality, and morality.

For all of Hercules’ heroic battles that protect the world, he committed various acts of immoral wrongs. This heroic man was both noble, yet amoral. He “was praised and admired...but his violence and the transgressive nature of his heroism were also an issue” that regularly caused pain for those around him (Papadopoulou 258). Occasionally through the fault of his own, however, repeatedly through the unwelcome influence of his hated enemy, Hera, Hercules committed crimes that killed people dear to him and dear to others. As a child, while being taught in the musical arts,

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