HERACLES AND THE NEMEAN LİON
Twelve labours,reasons behind these labours,labour of Nemean Lion and its connections attracted me to write.To explain the reasons for twelve labours,I have to give some detailed information about heracles' life.Heracles,who is the son of Zeus and Alcmene is a divine greek hero.He is the greatest of the heroes.Heracles had extraordinary strength,courage,ingeniuty and other heroic characteristics.His father,Zeus is married with Hera and his marriage is called hieros gamos.Hieros gamos can be explained simply as the sexual ritual that plays out a marriage between a god and a goddess,kind of an holy union.It is also symbolize and evoke fertility.As a jealous wife of Zeus,when Hera recognized that Heracles is Zeus' son from Alcmene,she bristled with anger and from the infancy,Hera make Heracles' life as miserable as she could do.Heracles' name comes from Hera-kleos and is translated as "glory of Hera".This is somewhat ironic due to Hera's attitude towards Heracles.
Heracles was rewarded to marry King Creon's daughter Megara after a great victory.Heracles had three children from her.Hera who is vexed by Heracles' success and greatness,drove him mad.He killed his wife and sons as a conclusion of his madness.He killed his family but he did this totally out of conscious. This is kind of a hamartia like Achilleus and Oedipus did.Then the purification begins.When he recovered his sanity and recognized what he did, he sought ways to make up for his mistakes.Eurtystheus said Heracles to serve him twelve years and gave Heracles twelve labours to do.Actually serving a man far inferior to himself made Heracles fell into despair but he had to.Also labours are extremely difficult but heracles had power and wisdom to overcome these rough labours. His struggles made Hercules the perfect embodiment of a pathos.
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