English 9 1b
3 March 2015
The Hero Mold
It could be said that most ancient Greek heroes can fit into a particular mold: the Epic Hero mold. This mold consists of seven things that all heros had in common, a mysterious birth, supernatural help, quest and tests, a trip to the underworld whether literally or figuratively, rebirth which can also be literal or figurative, the completion of their quest or test, and an abundance of hubris. Most heros possessed all of these things.
Perseus was the son of Zeus was conceived with a shower of golden coins into the lap of his mother Danae. The shower of golden coins is an example of mysterious conception. He accidentally killed his grandfather and felt guilty, this represents his metaphorical trip to the underworld. His supernatural help is shown when Zeus directed him and his mother to an island after Acrisius threw them in the ocean inside a chest. An example of his hubris is when he boasted to Polydectes that he could fetch the head of the Gorgon. Polydectes then told him to do it. Perseus’ quest was to go and fetch this head and he succeeded in it. He was reborn as a constellation after Athena placed him and his wife Andromeda among the stars.
When Hercules was born, the goddess of childbirth was sent by Hera to prolong his birth. A clever old woman named Galanthis noticed Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth, and distracted her long enough for Hercules’ mother Alcmene to give birth, this is an example of supernatural birth. Hercules underwent many quests and tests. Hera decided to drive Hercules insane and he then killed his own wife and children: this was his darkest hour. He also did literally go down to the underworld on one of his endeavors. When he died a painful death Zeus took pity and brought him to Mount Olympus to live with the gods. Hercules possessed lots of hubris, he believed he could do anything. He opened
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