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SUBJECTS --- Mythology
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating: Rated G; Animated; 1997; 93 minutes; Color.
What do you do with a movie that, although loved by children, takes a Greek myth, changes the plot, modifies the characters almost beyond recognition, mixes in Christian theological themes, and adds parallels to a comic book character? One student told us about a class in mythology whose teacher had turned Hercules into a test. The prompt was simple: describe the ways in which the movie departed from the myth.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Hercules provides a comprehensive list of how the Disney version departs from the Greek myth.
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Hercules is a lot like Superman. Some would say that he's Superman dropped into a caricature of ancient Greece.
Learning Guide Excerpt
To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers as lesson plans and by parents to supplement school curriculum or for homeschooling, we have set out below just one of many changes that the movie Hercules made to the myth.
The relationship between Hercules and his parents is changed completely. In the film, Zeus and Hera are his loving parents. In the myths, Hurcules was the son of Zeus and Alcmene, the wife of a general and former king of Mycenae named Amphitryon. Zeus took the form of Amphitryon and lay with Alcmene when the general was away in battle. Hera is not happy with Zeus' infidelity and comes to hate the child when Zeus tricks her into nursing the infant for a few weeks.
The Learning Guide to the film Hercules shows teachers the errors and shows how to test students on a comparison of the film vs. he myth.
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