The Greek Hero's Triumph Over Monsters

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Greece undoubtedly has one of the most interesting cultures in terms of its mythologies. Within Greek myths, the hero can be seen as representing good and can be either mortal or a demi-god. A mortal is an individual who is 100 percent human, and an example of a mortal hero within these myths Jason, of Jason and the Golden Fleece. A demi-god is defined as someone who is part human, but is also part god. In Greek myths, Hercules and Perseus are examples of demi-god heroes in their myths. Whether he be mortal or a demi-god, the hero may receive some help from a god in completing his task in some myths. However, it is still the hero, not the god that accomplishes the task and is recognized for it. Every Greek myth with a hero in it has a…show more content…
These myths are also representative of good defeating evil. Monsters that use indirect attacks involve less hand-to-hand confrontation and are more about what is trying to be done. Though the monsters attack differently, the hero still overcomes these indirect attacks from the monsters. For example, the Gorgons were, “three snake-haired women” one of which being, “… Medusa, whose look could turn people to stone…”(Willis 147). In one myth, Perseus, the hero of the story, goes to slay Medusa with the assistance of the gods Athena and Hermes. They flew to the Gorgon’s residing place and found the three asleep. Athena and Hermes were beside Perseus and told him which of the three monsters was Medusa because she was the only one that could be killed. Wearing his winged sandals, he hovered over them only looking into the reflection of his shield. Athena guided his hand an he cut off Medusa’s head, picked it up still not looking at it, and dropped it into his wallet that expanded to fit whatever was in it (Hamilton 151). Though he had the help of gods, Perseus is still the hero of this myth and overcame the monster Medusa. While journeying, another hero, Theseus, fought multiple monsters, one of which also attacked him indirectly. The monster Sinis attached people to bent over pine trees and let the trees go thus splitting the victim in two. He killed innocent people using this method. By doing so Sinis is another representation of evil in the Greek
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