Hercules Tasks Similes by YXJ09713

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									     Can you spot the similes?
Remember a simile describes one thing like
another:
     Fast like a cheetah
     Slow as a tortoise.
He fought the ferocious Nemean Lion, whose skin was as strong as steel
armour. Heracles first tried shooting the lion with arrows, which bounced off
harmlessly. Next he tried his sword but this bent and broke.


Next Heracles
attempted to hit the
lion over the head with
his club, which
shattered, and left the
lion with ringing in its
ears.

Finally, he started to
wrestle with it, choking
it to death but losing a
finger in the course of
the fight.
He fought the ferocious Nemean Lion, whose skin was as strong as steel
armour. Heracles first tried shooting the lion with arrows, which bounced off
harmlessly. Next he tried his sword but this bent and broke.


Next Heracles
attempted to hit the
lion over the head with
his club, which
shattered, and left the
lion with ringing in its
ears.

Finally, he started to
wrestle with it, choking
it to death but losing a
finger in the course of
the fight.
The second of Hercules’ tasks was to kill the ferocious Hydra. It had the
body of an enormous dog, but seven dragon heads on long writhing necks.
Its stench was so putrid that it was as poisonous as a snake’s bite.

Each time Hercules tried to
smash a head with his club
another would grow back in its
place. To defeat the Hydra he
had help from the Gods who told
him to burn each head so that it
couldn’t grow back.

And after the Hydra had died
Hercules dipped his arrows in its
blood so that his arrows had
poisonous tips.
The second of Hercules’ tasks was to kill the ferocious Hydra. It had the
body of an enormous dog, but seven dragon heads on long writhing necks.
Its stench was so putrid that it was as poisonous as a snake’s bite.

Each time Hercules tried to
smash a head with his club
another would grow back in its
place. To defeat the Hydra he
had help from the Gods who told
him to burn each head so that it
couldn’t grow back.

And after the Hydra had died
Hercules dipped his arrows in its
blood so that his arrows had
poisonous tips.
Hercules third task was to capture the Ceryneian Hind. She was a
magnificent deer with huge golden antlers crowning her head like two bare
winter trees.

As he did not want to hurt the Hind, Hercules
chased her for a year.

He captured her when she was exhausted by
shooting an arrow which pinned her forelegs
together.

He then carried it on his shoulders many miles
back to the city of Mycenae.
Hercules third task was to capture the Ceryneian Hind. She was a
magnificent deer with huge golden antlers crowning her head like two bare
winter trees.

As he did not want to hurt the Hind, Hercules
chased her for a year.

He captured her when she was exhausted by
shooting an arrow which pinned her forelegs
together.

He then carried it on his shoulders many miles
back to the city of Mycenae.
Hercules fourth task was to capture the Erymanthean Boar. Shepherds had
complained of a terrifying boar that had ravaged the hillsides of the
surrounding countryside. Enormous beyond belief, the boar was as vicious
as a wolf and would attack everything that it could see.

Unafraid, the brave Hercules
chased the boar and drove it
into a snow drift.

There he jumped on its back,
bound it with chains and carried
it on his shoulders to Mycenae.
Hercules fourth task was to capture the Erymanthean Boar. Shepherds had
complained of a terrifying boar that had ravaged the hillsides of the
surrounding countryside. Enormous beyond belief, the boar was as vicious
as a wolf and would attack everything that it could see.

Unafraid, the brave Hercules
chased the boar and drove it
into a snow drift.

There he jumped on its back,
bound it with chains and carried
it on his shoulders to Mycenae.
Hercules fifth task was to clean out the filthy Aegean stables. They had not
been cleaned in many years and the stench from them was spreading
disease for many miles around. The stables were so full of filth, it was like
wading through a stagnant pond.

Whilst cleaning the stables,
Hercules was attacked by a bull
but he merely wrestled the bull
to the ground.

Heracles accomplished the
cleansing of the stable by
putting two holes in its walls
and diverting two nearby rivers
so that they not only cleared
the stables, but washed the
dung from the pastures as
well..
Hercules fifth task was to clean out the filthy Aegean stables. They had not
been cleaned in many years and the stench from them was spreading
disease for many miles around. The stables were so full of filth, it was like
wading through a stagnant pond.

Whilst cleaning the stables,
Hercules was attacked by a bull
but he merely wrestled the bull
to the ground.

Heracles accomplished the
cleansing of the stable by
putting two holes in its walls
and diverting two nearby rivers
so that they not only cleared
the stables, but washed the
dung from the pastures as
well..
Hercules sixth task was to kill the Stymphalian Birds. With razor-sharp claws
and enormous beating wings these birds would kill people with their
powerful beating wings, whose feathers would shower down from the sky
and pierce peoples hearts like daggers.

From a safe distance Hercules picked up two enormous stones and
rattled them together so loudly that the birds were scared away from
the city. To make sure they wouldn’t return Hercules killed a dozen of
them with his arrows.
Hercules sixth task was to kill the Stymphalian Birds. With razor-sharp claws
and enormous beating wings these birds would kill people with their
powerful beating wings, whose feathers would shower down from the sky
and pierce peoples hearts like daggers.

From a safe distance Hercules picked up two enormous stones and
rattled them together so loudly that the birds were scared away from
the city. To make sure they wouldn’t return Hercules killed a dozen of
them with his arrows.
Hercules seventh task was to stop the Cretan Bull that was destroying the
farmlands. It was an enormous and very bad-tempered bull that had
ravaged the land like a tornado, uprooting the crops and destroying orchard
walls.

Hercules wrestled with the bull for several hours before it calmed down
and submitted to the Greek champion.

Even after the bull was
beaten, Hercules had to
carry it on his back all the
way to the city.
Hercules seventh task was to stop the Cretan Bull that was destroying the
farmlands. It was an enormous and very bad-tempered bull that had
ravaged the land like a tornado, uprooting the crops and destroying
orchard walls.

Hercules wrestled with the bull for several hours before it calmed down
and submitted to the Greek champion.

Even after the bull was
beaten, Hercules had to
carry it on his back all the
way to the city.
King Diomedes kept four savage man-eating horses and it was Hercules
eighth task to capture them.

The horses were as wild and
dangerous as an insane tiger,
running and charging at any who
approached, gnashing their teeth and
trying to bite.

Hercules captured King Diomedes
and fed him to the horses, after that
they were hungry no more and so the
horses became tame and Hercules
could capture them.
King Diomedes kept four savage man-eating horses and it was Hercules
eighth task to capture them.

The horses were as wild and
dangerous as an insane tiger,
running and charging at any who
approached, gnashing their teeth and
trying to bite.

Hercules captured King Diomedes
and fed him to the horses, after that
they were hungry no more and so the
horses became tame and Hercules
could capture them.
For his ninth task Hercules was required to capture an item of clothing from
a ferocious tribe of women warriors called the Amazons. The Amazons were
as fierce as jackals and despised men so much that they broke the arms of
any boy children that they found.

But when Hercules arrived on their island the queen of the Amazons was so
amazed by Hercules’ muscly body that she fell in love with him straight
away. But the rest of the Amazon’s became jealous and so one night the
Amazons attacked.

Hercules stole the
belt from the queen
as she lay dying in
the battle and quickly
returned home.
For his ninth task Hercules was required to capture an item of clothing from
a ferocious tribe of women warriors called the Amazons. The Amazons were
as fierce as jackals and despised men so much that they broke the arms
of any boy children that they found.

But when Hercules arrived on their island the queen of the Amazons was so
amazed by Hercules’ muscly body that she fell in love with him straight
away. But the rest of the Amazon’s became jealous and so one night the
Amazons attacked.

Hercules stole the
belt from the queen
as she lay dying in
the battle and quickly
returned home.
Hercules had to face Geryon, a three bodied man for his tenth task. This
giant of a man had three times the strength of Hercules.

With three bodies
Geryon could see
all around him like
an owl, so
Hercules knew he
couldn’t sneak up.

Instead Hercules
raised his arrow
and with a single
shot pierced all
three bodies
causing the
monster to die.
Hercules had to face Geryon, a three bodied man for his tenth task. This
giant of a man had three times the strength of Hercules.

With three bodies
Geryon could see
all around him
like an owl, so
Hercules knew he
couldn’t sneak up.

Instead Hercules
raised his arrow
and with a single
shot pierced all
three bodies
causing the
monster to die.
Hercules eleventh task was to hold up the Earth whilst the god Atlas fetched
golden apples from the garden of Hesperides. The Earth was as heavy but
Hercules agreed.

But Atlas was tricky and cunning
like a snake. He had become
tired of holding the up the Earth
and tried to trick Hercules into
holding it forever.

At first Hercules seemed to
agree but at the last moment he
asked Atlas if he could give him
a minute to find a cushion for
his head. At that moment,
Hercules snatched the apples
and dashed away.
Hercules eleventh task was to hold up the Earth whilst the god Atlas fetched
golden apples from the garden of Hesperides. The Earth was heavy but
Hercules agreed.

But Atlas was tricky and
cunning like a snake. He had
become tired of holding the up
the Earth and tried to trick
Hercules into holding it forever.

At first Hercules seemed to
agree but at the last moment he
asked Atlas if he could give him
a minute to find a cushion for
his head. At that moment,
Hercules snatched the apples
and dashed away.
Hercules final task was to capture the horrifying three-headed dog Cerberus
that guarded the gates to the daunting Underworld. The three headed dog
belonged to the God of the Underworld, Hades, who was as terrifying as
Hercules worst nightmares.

With the help of the Gods
Hercules was able to travel to
the underworld where Hades
agreed to let him take the dog
provided he could capture it with
no weapon.

The dog’s three jaws snapped
at him like a snake’s bite and
each one snarled like a wolf in a
trap, but Hercules still wrestled
the dog to the ground. He had
completed his tasks.
Hercules final task was to capture the horrifying three-headed dog Cerberus
that guarded the gates to the daunting Underworld. The three headed dog
belonged to the God of the Underworld, Hades, who was as terrifying as
Hercules worst nightmares.

With the help of the Gods
Hercules was able to travel to
the underworld where Hades
agreed to let him take the dog
provided he could capture it with
no weapon.

The dog’s three jaws snapped
at him like a snake’s bite and
each one snarled like a wolf in
a trap, but Hercules still
wrestled the dog to the ground.
He had completed his tasks.

								
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