Mythology: A Comparison Of Hercules And Disney

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When children are growing up, little girls dream of being just like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or other princesses from their favorite Disney movie. On the other hand, boys fantasize of being Buzz Lightyear or even the mythological Hercules because of his many heroic traits. Little do they know, there is an entirely different story to Hercules outside of Disney. For instance, Edith Hamilton’s 1964 novel Mythology shows a different side to the story displayed in the Disney film. Due to the time gap, it is plain to see that many aspects in the myth of Hercules may be changed, while some tales remain the same. These two true pieces of Greek and American lore bring forth a very broad spectrum, while still having many similarities as well…show more content…
Despite your opinion on the order in which it occurs, all people compare and look for the same similarities. For instance, in both Hamilton’s book and Disney’s movie, Hercules is not seen as a very smart individual. When being trained by Phil in the movie, he was always making simple and mindless mistakes. The hero’s intelligence is also lacking in the book, when he mentioned to the Sun that he would shoot it with his bow and arrow because it was shining too bright. Another comparable topic is Hercules love for Princess Megara. In both the book and the movie, Megara is mentioned for different reasons. In the writing, the son of Zeus kills Megara and their children because he lost control of himself. Because of this, Hercules has to complete the twelve labors. In the movie, everything that Hercules does is for the love of Megara. Toward the end, Megara and Hercules fall in love and he stays on Earth, unlike in the book. He weds for the third time to Deianira, and lives “happily ever after.” Although there seems to be many similarities between the works of Disney and Hamilton, there are also multiple differences. One of the main inconsistencies (as stated before), were the reasons for completing the twelve tasks. In the text, it was a form punishment. In the film, however, it was for love. Likewise, the depiction of Megara being saved from Hades changes…show more content…
In Mythology and Hercules, it represents (in many ways) that the ancient Greek culture is different from the current American culture. For instance, the Greek culture puts forth the whole truth, with no sugar-coating. The gods and goddesses of ancient times are supposedly seen as perfect but really are not. This is especially represented by Hera and Zeus’ relationship, which is a difficult and trying one. In the American culture and in the more currently written piece, you can certainly tell that more humor is added. The producers want to make the parts of the story more comical for more enjoyment. They also portray the “happy family” mentality; two people married with children and living “happily ever after.” In both cultures, people enjoy the aspect of heroes. For this reason, both the older version and the newer version view Hercules as a true mythological hero. The tale of Hercules, a true hero to all past and present, can be told in a variety of ways, even though it is the same hero we all know and love. Disney’s 1997 animated movie and Edith Hamilton’s 1969 text tell the same mythological story in ways that are comparable to cultures of the current and ancient times. Stories and heroes can be changed depending on the audience, and it is still understandable to what someone else may view as the “real story”. If you were a hero like Hercules,

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