What are some "Modern Day" tasks for Hercules to accomplish?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a real interesting idea.  I think that Hercules' labors could have modern application.  Obviously, physical strength would have to be a part of this.  Building off of the idea of bringing back Cerberus, I would have Hercules go to a dogfighting ring and rescue the dogs from the dogfighting ring.  I think it would be really interesting to have Hercules rescue dogs from Michael Vick's dogfighting ring.  A great warrior of massive strength speaking to someone of immense athletic talent would be an interesting discussion, especially along the lines of sin.  From Augeas' labor, I think that Hercules could spend time in the modern zoos and clean up the animals' cages and their living conditions at the zoos.  What about having Hercules speak to athletes who abuse performance enhancement drugs?  I think that there might be a real interesting discussion coming from someone whose strength is natural, or at least endowed from the divine, to individuals who wish to use substances to enhance their own strength for personal gain.  It might be interesting to see Hercules talk to Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens and talk about what it means to have glory and lose it, as well as what it means to have glory for the right reasons.