Hercules’ Descent Into Hades is when he meets Hades in the stadium that was once lit, now dark because of Hades. Hades makes a deal with Hercules that will make him lose his strength but if Meg gets hurt, his strength will return. He attempts to save the town without his strength and succeeds, but Meg gets hurt, returning his strength. He then goes to Olympus, saves the gods, and destroy the titans, but this still doesn’t make him a true hero.
Wise Old Man Philoctetes
Hercules’ rebirth is when Meg’s soul is stuck in the River of Souls. He makes a deal with Hades to trade places with her, however,they both get out, making Hercules a god and defeating Hades.
The rising sun at the end of “I can go the distance”
Hercules and Meg both return to Earth and then taken to Olympus. Hercules has the ability to return to Olympus but decides to stay with Meg, finding his place on Earth and becoming a true hero by defeating Hades and the titan, Hercules restored order within the community.
Hades/River of Souls(Both Green and some sort of water)
Philoctetes is the wise old man in the story because he has experience with training heros. He has trained heroes like Odysseus, Perseus, Achilles, and now training Hercules to become a hero.
The rising sun is an archetype for birth and creation. As Hercules rides Pegasus towards the rising sun, it symbolizes the birth of the Hercules who is ready to journeys.
Hades is both black and red. Red is an archetype for anger and Hades’ hair(which is fire) turns red. Black is an archetype for death and evil, Hades is the god of of death and plans to take over Mt. Olympus. The River of Souls is both an archetype of green and water, showing growth and rebirth. Hercules jumps into the river to save Meg, when he emerges from the water, he is reborn as a god.