I was thinking about what makes a hero in myths and what is so interesting to me is how although figures like Oedipus, Hercules are all considered heroes, much of what they do in stories is the complete opposite of what modern society would consider a hero. Oedipus kills his father to marry his mother meanwhile Hercules kills both his wife and his children.
It’s an interesting perspective when comparing these heroes to heroes we talk about today. We do not perceive murderers as heroes to look up to. Instead we are horrified by such act of violence. So if myths are passed on generation to generation, how is it that our society has changed such views of heroism? What is it about these ancient heroes that gives them such a title?