No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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Have you ever thought about some of the so called criminals in the world? And how some of them were convicted of a crime they did not do? Greek Mythology demonstrates the idea that sometimes it is the innocent, not the guilty, which are punished unjustly. The stories of Heracles, Prometheus, and even Persephone and Demeter, support this notion. The character Heracles, also known as Hercules, was the son of Zeus and one of his mortal wives. He was an extremely powerful, almost invincible, demi-god, even as a baby. Hera, Zeus’ jealous wife, was angered that Zeus had had a child with another wife of his. She was furious that Zeus son was from someone else besides her, which made her try to kill him. She sent out two snakes to kill the child, but Heracles strangled them with ease, killing them and stunning everyone else. Hera drove him to madness, causing him to accidentally kill his children and wife, thinking they were enemies and not the people he loved. He had to then perform 12 labors to take the guilt off of him, and then killed another person, causing him to go straight to Hera. It may not have been a conventional kind of punishment, but it was punishment because she caused him much anguish in his life, all because he was not her child. In the story of Prometheus, Zeus assigned him and his brother, Epimetheus, to create man. They did so, but Prometheus was wondering about something. One day, though he knew Zeus hated him, he said to the god of the sky “Tell me why you refuse to give man the gift of fire” (Evslin 56). Prometheus decided to give men, the beings he and his brother created, the gift of fire that Zeus refused to hand to them. Zeus felt threatened by the fact that they had fire, and that they might become stronger than him, an immortal and king of the gods. Because of this paranoia, Prometheus was condemned and tied to a large boulder, at the mercy of a pair of vultures who tore open his stomach and ate his liver every day. That is, until a hero...
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