AHistory of Hera
GeneralPurpose:To inform and educate.
SpecificPurpose:To educate other students about a history of Hera and to inform fromthe introduction to the conclusion while keeping the history insmooth order.
ThematicStatement:The introduction and conclusion of this speech serves a greatimportance in keeping the presentation smooth and well rounded. Thepurpose is not only to inform about the history but also to educate ahistory of Hera and round up the presentation impressively.
Introduction:First,I would like to welcome you to my presentation of a history of Heraand thank you all for your time.
Attention:Hera, the Queen of the Gods and Heaven. She was the Greek Goddess ofMarriage and Love, wife of Zeus, the king of Olympus. Hera in herright, she was an extremely powerful Goddess.
Audienceconnect:How many of you know her? Besides, how many of you have read abouther?
Thematicstatement:Most of you have read and heard so many interesting stories aboutgods and goddesses. What I have here is an interesting story thatlets us know more about a history of Hera.
Tounderstand more about Hera, let us look at her origin. Hera was adaughter of Rhea and Cronus in Greek mythology. Hera was also amother of Hebe (goddess of youth), Ares (god of war), and Eileithyia(goddess of childbirth). The father of all these children was Zeus,so as you can see, she was a faithful woman. Even though she was theprotector of marriage, she had very little success in limitingaffairs of Zeus. Often, she described herself as a wife of anger andjealous because of Zeus and his many lovers. Mostly she directed heranger to the lovers of Zeus instead of her husband, but most of thewomen tried to escape his advances. In ancient times, she was reveredas being the only one the Greek goddesses who could accompany a womanthrough every step of life. She blessed and protected marriages ofother women, bringing their fertility, protecting their children, andhelping them find financial security. She was a perfect woman whocould oversee both private and public affairs.
Inspite of how her husband treated her, Zeus did love Hera. Moreover,Zeus could feel as if there is part of him missing when Hera was notthere for him. Zeus had a lover known as Io, and he decided to changeher into a white heifer so that he can hide the affair from Hera.However, Hera was aware of the disguise, and she went ahead to askZeus to give her the heifer as a gift. Zeus refused to give the cowto her, and Hera decided to guard the heifer with a monster that hadone hundred eyes.
Afterher husband had known this, he planned to set Io free by sendingHermes to kill the monster. Io’s was set free, but Hera sent a flyto bite her constantly in the form of the cow. Eventually, Io had tobeg for forgiveness from Hera, and she was returned to her humanform. That is interesting, right? Now let us look at another story.Hera was angry about her treatment of Hercules, Zeus’s son withAlcmene. Hera sent serpents to attack Hercules and kill him.Afterwards, Hera drove Hercules into a fir of madness that made himkill his children and wife.
Nowyou have heard a history of Hera how she was an extremely powerfulGoddess. Even though she was angry and jealous of the lovers of herhusband, she could still oversee both private and public affairs ofother women. While this speech ends there, I would like anyone to aska question regarding this history. Once again, I take thisopportunity to thank you all for listening to this interestinghistory of Hera.
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