Joy Lapp, PHD
November 22, 2005
The comparison of the late Howard Hughes to the mythological god Poseidon can be quiet direct. Believers in each of the characters relied on them for many different reasons. Both were providers of substance essential to a follower's livelihood. Both had tempers that were unpredictable and feared. And in the end, both influenced life far beyond the height of their popularity in their own time. Attitudes and action references of each continue to this day.
Both had powerful fathers. Poseidon's father was Cronus, who took over the throne of the Greek Gods. Poseidon ruled over the sea and sailors would rely on him for safe travel. He would create lands and calm the oceans when he was in a good mood. When he was in a bad mood, his striking of the ground with is trident would cause shipwrecks, earthquakes, and drowning. Poseidon objectified masculinity, and used that power over women as well. Involvement with numerous was habitual for him. He was married, but it is not clearly stated if he was involved with others at the same time. It is said he was married to Amphitriteand involved with Medusa. It was recorded that he also raped Caeneus and Amymone. His children from all of this were many. Much like Poseidon, Hughs used his power to influcne many, from government and business men, to women he wanted. He was married to Ella Rice and Jean Peters. His affairs involved numerous famous and powerful women. Some of whom he brought to notority. The list of his women are like Poseidon's, there are many. Jane Russell, Katharine Hepburn, and Ava Gardner are just a few of the many affairs he had. Unlike Poseidon, it was never stated the he raped anyone. But similar to the Greek God, he did get into his share of trouble. Problems with the government involved things such as missing deadlines for projects and insider trading information. Other problems were rumors of political...