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Heracles (Hercules): Later Adventures and Death

Heracles (Hercules): Later Adventures and Death

Heracles (Hercules): Later Adventures and Death Study Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Pick a hero from a modern adventure movie. Super heroes, action stars, boy wizards – any will do. Compare and contrast the hero to Heracles.
  2. Do you think Heracles is happy as a god?
  3. Why do you think Heracles wanders around so much, and keeps remarrying?
  4. What do you think his relationship like with his dad, Zeus, once Heracles gets to Mount Olympus?
  5. By the time Heracles has become a god, do you think Hera has really forgiven him? Why or why not?
  6. Which story of Heracles is your favorite? Why do you like it so much?
  7. Was there ever a time when you think Heracles acted un-heroically? Why do you think so?
  8. What are Heracles' most heroic traits?
  9. Do you think all of the monsters and men that Heracles killed deserved to die? Explain your answer.
  10. If a guy like Heracles was Greece's greatest hero, what do you think that says about their culture? What did they value in human beings? What did they strive for?

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