What are the vales learned in reading about Heracles?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Like so many Greek characters, I think that one of the most powerful values grasped from the myth is the idea of humility.  Even though Heracles is blessed with superhuman strength, he is not able to act without regard or reverence for the powers of divinity.  The fact that he has to pass through tests that are designed to humble him despite his extraordinary strength would reflect this.  Along these lines would be the value of everyone having to endure suffering and challenge.  Heracles' strength does not absolve him from feeling pain, from experiencing suffering, and from not having to endure significant regret for his actions.  While he might possess the brawn of a god, Heracles' plight reminds the reader in the most painful of ways that he is "only human" and must endure what all humans have to endure.

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