The Humanization of Heracles Essay
Madness is a fundamental part of Greek tragedy that creates …show more content…
Heracles, in his human characterization, is an innocent person who cares for his family. This is shown when Heracles arrives from Hades and learns of the wrong that is being committed upon his family by Lycus. He takes on a hero's quality of helping his family which is in danger, much like destroy the bad and help the good. This is shown when Heracles announces, "What should I defend if not my wife and sons and my old father? Farewell, my labors! for wrongly I preferred you more than these" (Euripides 574-577). This brings out Heracles character of a caring passionate man that is prepared to put all his past glories away for the well-being of his family. Heracles is thinking clearly, showing no sign of mental illness. One who does not think clearly would have been more preoccupied with only himself and how they are seen in the eyes of the world, rather than the eyes of his loved ones. Furthermore, it shows that Heracles is psychologically stable, expressing good mental, emotional, social and spiritual health.
Heracles is thinking rationally and evaluating his current situation through his life experiences. He is coping well with the stress in his life. He is expressing his emotions of anger, guiltiness, sadness and hope correctly by protecting his family vigorously, and