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Quest Contributions Made By Greek Hero’s Leading Ladies

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Leading ladies in Greek mythology heroes make a significant contribution to their quests, both positively and negatively. In the story “Perseus”, his leading lady Andromeda delays his completion of his quest to bring Medusa’s head back to Polydectes. However, through this, Perseus finds his true love. Next, Hercules has a life full of trouble all because of Hera’s hatred towards him, leading him to his well-known twelve labours. Finally, when Theseus’s quest of killing the Minotaur presents itself, Ariadne aids him with his essential tool, a ball of string, but creates trouble for Theseus later. These stories prove that the heroes in Greek mythology have contributions made to their quest by ...view middle of the document...

This myth is about the twelve labours Hercules completes throughout twelve years all because of Hera’s hatred towards him. Long ago, Hera’s husband Zeus cheated on her with Hercules’s mother, therefore creating Hercules. This is action made by Zeus proves how women in Greek mythology and society are not valued and are treated poorly. “Hera harboured ill feelings against Hercules… sent the snakes to destroy him” (Creighton, pg. 97).This quote proves Hera’s hatred towards Hercules ever since he was little. However, Hercules proves to be extremely strong, killing the snakes instead of letting them kill him. “Hera had driven him mad… slain his entire family” (Creighton, pg. 97). As this quote states, years later, Hera strikes again, leading Hercules to slay his entire family. Hercules was feels nothing but grief and regret when he comes to the realization of what took place. This leads Hercules to finding Delphi, for a punishment in order to make peace with his crime concluding with Hercules’s famous twelve labours. Therefore, Hercules only performs his twelve labours because of Hera’s negative contribution.

Lastly, in the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, Ariadne proved to be the key character in helping Theseus through his quest in the labyrinth. “It was Ariadne who gave Theseus… master craftsman Daedalus” (Skidmore, Internet). This quote confirms that Ariadne was the one who gave Theseus the ball of string in order to see him make it out alive from the labyrinth. Without this artefact, it would be impossible for Theseus to find his way out of the labyrinth, even if he did kill the Minotaur. This gesture was a huge contribution in Theseus’s quest. However, when Ariadne...

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