How Does Hercules Build Violence In Greek Heroes

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Violence in Heroic Values A noticeable idea in ancient Greek myths is the violence associated with it, compared to the more laid back modern heroes. The classical hero Hercules, in the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton, is commonly using fighting as means to an end. Conversely, Milo from The Phantom Tollbooth often escapes challenges through word or running. Clearly, Greek myths show their society treats violence lighter than today’s modern stories and society. When Hercules gets in an unfortunate predicament, he resorts to violent action to solve his problem. Unlike Milo, he uses his strength to remedy an err. That is to say, he’d rather act first and talk later. For example, when he’s about to get an item he needs from Hippolyta, a misunderstanding occurs, and Hercules: “Without a thought of how kind she had been, without any thought at all, instantly killed her” (Hamilton 172). Hercules decides to murder Hippolyta, even when she already offered him the item. This demonstrates Hercules’s idea of conflict resolution, using his strength. He doesn’t think before action and lives to regret it…show more content…
He commonly decides to run or talk it out. Many times, he is able to use conflict management skills to solve a problem. Even if he is put in a situation that he has no control over, he manages to stay calm. For example, when a misunderstanding causes Milo to be the scapegoat of destroying a market, he tries to reason with a policeman who is sentencing him: “Only a judge can sentence you” (Juster 62). Milo calmly tries to reason with the police officer, unlike Hercules. He’s just trying to fix the situation while still bringing him justice, a worthwhile task. Clearly, Milo thinks through his situation like a civilized person. His ideals are considered valuable, as he is later rewarded by being allowed to escape jail. Unlike Hercules, Milo knows that causing trouble on top of more trouble never really works

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