The Labors Of Hercules Story Detail
While undertaking his famous "Twelve Labors," imposed upon him by vengeful goddess Hera, Hercules saves a village from the Nemean Lion. Witnessing this, young sheepherder Iolas, who idolizes Hercules, decides to follow him, and to find out what makes such a great hero tick. But Hercules doesn't consider himself a hero at all. He has done something long ago which is still haunting him now, and he fights Hera's beasts to try to make up for what he has done. While Hera rejoices at Hercules' sufferings, Iolas longs to help his hero free himself from this dark secret. Then, just before Hercules is to fight the nine-headed Hydra, he finally reveals his past to Iolas. When he was young and prideful, he challenged the gods of Olympus by claiming that he could shoot an arrow all the way to the sun. With help from an angry Hera, the flaming arrow returned to earth, and they burned a village. Hercules feels that he can never be forgiven for this deed. But before the Hydra can defeat Hercules, Iolas gets him to see that he must stop punishing himself for the past- and to see that his worth as a hero is in helping those who need him now. Seeing the truth in this, a renewed Hercules defeats the Hydra. But his labors aren't over yet.
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