Hercules is the son of Zeus and the strongest man on Earth, he had great self confidence and considered himself equal to the rest of the gods. As Hercules grew up he became a famed warrior and was looked up to by many. While Hercules was a famed warrior Hera, Zeus’s wife was very jealous of him and made Hercules temporarily insane which made Hercules kill his wife and children. Hercules was punished by having to perform 12 nearly impossible tasks.
His first task was to kill the Nemean Lion. When he faced this challenge he found out that no sharp object could pierce the lions hide. So Hercules instead stunned the lion by hitting it with his wooden club then strangled the lion with his bare hands. At the end of this task Hercules took the claws of the lion and skinned him and wore his hide. For the second task Hercules had to kill the Lernean Hydra. The Hydra is like a snake and has 9 heads. If the Hydra lost a head it would two more in its place so Hercules quickly cut off all nine heads and sealed the wound with a torch. At the end of task two Hercules used the blood of the Hydra to make poisonous arrows. Hercules third task was to capture the Cerynian Hind. The deer was protected by the goddess Artemis and Hercules needed the golden hind so Hercules followed the deer around for a year until the deer shed its golden hind and Hercules had then completed the third task. His fourth task was to capture the Erymanthian Boar. Hercules chased the boar up the mountain and into a snowdrift, and then caught it with a net. He took the boar to King Eurysthues to show that their village didn’t need to live in fear of the boar anymore. Hercules fifth task was to clean the Augean stables in one single day. The stables had been used for cows and had not been cleaned in 30 years. To clean the stables Hercules made two rivers bend together to flow into the dirty stables and clean out of mess. Hercules sixth task was to kill the Stymphalian birds. These birds were murderous with their claws and beaks that were as sharp as metal and their feathers that flew like darts. Hercules killed these birds by scaring them out of their nests and shooting them with his arrows that he dipped in the Hydra’s blood. His seventh task was to capture the Cretan bull. He did so by wrestling the insane bull to the ground and then he brought it back to the king who then released it again. His eighth task was to capture the horses of Diomedes. To capture the horses Hercules needed to fed the horses to tame them and he did that by killing King Diomedes. Once the horses were tamed he took them back to his king. Hercules ninth task was to take the Girdle of the Amazon Queen Hippolyte. Hercules traveled to the land of Amazon’s and when he got there he was welcomed by the Queen but Hera told the Queen that Hercules was the enemy and he later had to conquer the Amazon’s and steal the golden belt. Hercules tenth task was to capture the cattle of Geryon. Geryon was a winged monster that kept his cattle guarded by a two-headed dog and a giant. Hercules killed Geryon, the two-headed dog and the giant to get to the cattle that he took back to the king after killing everyone. His eleventh task was to take the golden apples of the Hesperides. Hesperides were nymphs that grew golden apples and they had their apples guarded by a dragon with a hundred heads. Hercules used to strategic skills and made a bargain with Atlas, the nymphs’ father; Atlas was to get the apples while Hercules shouldered the Earth. Hercules twelfth and final task was to capture Cerberus. Cerberus is the three-headed dog of the underworld. Hercules went down to the underworld and wrestled up the dogs’ heads and made Cerberus go back up to the king.
After he completed all twelve tasks Hercules went on to live his life he eventually married and had another child and later died after being poisoned by his wife.