How Hercules' Life Illustrates Both Noble and Vulgar Aspects of Humanity
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Topic: How does Hercules' life illustrate both the noble and vulgar aspects of humanity.Â How does Hercules' life illustrate both the noble and vulgar aspects of humanity.Â
Looking at ways in which the life of the well known mythological figure of Hercules (Heracles, in Greek) illustrates both the noble and the vulgar sides of humanity, this essay will begin by providing the dictionary definitions of the two notions. The term noble" has several meanings which can apply to the current purpose. "Noble" can denote the hereditary rank or social class, but can also refer to a high moral character, such as courage, dignity, and honor. Furthermore, the term can describe someone "grand and stately in appearance". On the other hand, "vulgar" refers to a common person, just as the usual, average, without outstanding features, someone with lack of refinement. Just as almost all Mythological characters, Hercules is a combination of humane and supernatural, therefore being a perfect illustration of the two concepts that make the purpose of this essay.
Hercules' particular descent is the very first aspect that makes him noble and human at the same time. Son of the most symbolic figure in Mythology (Zeus) and a mortal woman (Alcmene), he became immortal after having been fed with Hera's milk as a newborn. Hera also turned into Hercules' greatest enemy as he grew older: hating him for being the proof of Zeus' affairs and involvement with a mortal, she tried everything she could to