The myth of Persephone and Demeter is one that is well known, and was prevalent in its time in the culture of Ancient Greece. Demeter, Goddess of the Corn or Harvest, was the sister of the most recognized Olympian God, Zeus. Their parents were Rhea and Cronus. Despite their relation, the Thunder God took a liking to his sister, and eventually they shared a child, Persephone. Maiden of the Spring, and she and her mother loved each other greatly. The young goddess was "..radiant maiden of the spring and summertime, whose light step upon the dry, brown hillside was enough to make it fresh and blooming."(page 61) Persephone attracted the attention of God of the Underworld, Hades. He wanted her as his wife and stole the young woman. It happened while Persephone was
In the myth “Persephone”, as retold by Anne Terry White, Hades falls instantly in love with the Goddess of harvest and takes her to the underworld with him. Have is all the sudden alarmed by the heaven, fire breathing beasts that had been buried underground, so he comes up to the land. Anthradite, Goddess of love, spots Hades and commands her son, Eros, to shoot with an arrow of love, hoping it would make Hades release the beasts kindly. Hades suddenly gets shot and his heart slowly begins to soften. Suddenly, in the distance, Hades sees Persephone, goddess of harvest, gracefully working in the meadows and he instantly falls in love with her. As a result, he decides to practically kidnap he and takes her down to the underworld with him.
The Homeric Hymn to Demeter addresses the fate of Persephone is in the hands of others and is removed from freedom of choice as she is portrayed as a minor. In effect, it is symbolic of the power family holds as the actions of her mother, her father Zeus and her husband Hades determine her path. The text accustoms nickname Persephone throughout the passage as the ‘Core’, the ‘Girl’, or ‘Virgin’. These nicknames assume her role as an underage girl not responsible for her life decisions. The Hymn begins with highlighting the role of the patriarch in a family Zeus as both the head of the family and the other gods who must defer to him as he arranges Hades to take Persephone against her will. As Demeter struggles with the mourn and loss of her child she begins to abandon her reproduction responsibilities and Persephone is ordered to go to the side of your dark robed mother. However, Hades persuades Persephone to eat pomegranate seeds, representing the loss of her innocence as it spiritually bounds her to Hades. Zeus accustomed to be acknowledges as the father of justice and good government rectifies the issue with the arrangement that Persephone remains with Hades however returns to her mother and the Gods for 2 thirds of the year. The Fate of Persephone portrays the common marriage cycle that pertained in Ancient Greece whereby it held the connotation of death for the maiden and submission and adaptation into their Fathers orders.
In a critical analysis of the tales of Persephone and Susie Salmon, an account of what is to come when a maiden is stolen away from her family and into the underworld is uncovered. As they face their own extinction in the Hell that is their captors Heaven, a counteractive force is exerted by their parents who are thriving for redemption but will instead be fed by integral peace. An archetypal reading of the Rape of Persephone and The Lovely Bones reveals the value of acceptance of loss in creating a peaceful existence for the living and their familial wellbeing. The myth and the modernized story reveal the ideology that one must preserve peace in a time of turmoil in order to keep order within the world.
In Greek mythology, the daughter of Demeter, goddess of agriculture, and Zeus, god of lightning was Persephone. Persephone is also called Kore or Cora, and in Roman mythology she is known as Proserpina. She became the queen of the underworld when she married Hades, the god of the underworld.
The story of Persephone is a Greek myth. Persephone was the child of Demeter and Zeus (Thury 525). Her mother Demeter was the goddess of grain and agriculture (522). When Persephone was picking flowers in a meadow, she was abducted by her husband to be, Hades (525). She shrieks as she is taken away to
On a glorious, midsummer day, Persephone laid on a blanket of emerald green grass. Flowers burst from the earth underneath her. Hear her sing the sweet song of Seikilos softly to herself as she gaily plucks petals from a daisy.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know how, and why the seasons change? What about knowing when is the best time to plant, why can’t seeds grow in the winter months? Persephone’s myth is an outstanding way of explaining this . The Greeks lived because of this myth that they followed. We can’t plant in winter, but we can in the sun time. This is all because of Demeter and the loss of her daughter.
Hades is one of the brothers of Zeus. He is the unlucky one who got to rule the underworld. He is cruel and unforgiving. Only two have ever gone to Hades domain and returned, Hercules and Odysseus. Hades fell in love with Zeus’s daughter and devised a plan to abduct her. With Zeus’s help they succeeded in the capture of Persephone. Her mother Demeter was so enraged she cursed the Earth. She continued the curse even after she was released. It was only after her mother Rhea was allowed to see her that she let the Earth prosper (message).
Together, the two patriarchal figures conspire to kidnap and force Persephone to marry Hades. This is done behind Demeter’s back, intentionally removing her from her role as mother. Their actions directly diminish or outright remove the will of Demeter, a symbol of women in Greek culture (The Homeric Hymn to Demeter 29-30). This theme of a removal of female autonomy is mirrored later in the text when Hades tricks Persephone into eating pomegranate seeds. This action is a deliberate attempt to remove Persephone’s ability to choose for herself, condemning her to spend the winter months in the underworld with him. Not only does this subjugate Persephone to Hades’ will, but it also lends justification to the subjugation of women by men (372-400). By removing the sovereignty of the female mind, the myth promotes male authority.
In Greek mythology Hades is the god of the Underworld. He is part of the first olympians. He was in his father Cronus stomach until Zeus tricked him and freed his brothers and sisters. Once they were free they needed to wage war on Cronus, but they needed the backing and support from some other creatures to help fight the war. So the went to Tartarus the Greek equivalent of hell. When they were the set the Cyclopes free, in return the Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades all got magical items. Hades got a magical helmet that made him turn invisible. This would help in the war with Cronus and the Titans. Cronus was finally defeated when Hades got the jump on Cronus with his magic helmet and poseidon pinned him down with his trident. The Zeus gave the final blow with his lightning bolt to end it. (Parada)
Hades was a bitter middle-aged man whose heart softened once he saw Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. So he kidnapped her and brought her down into the Underworld. Demeter had become infuriated with Hades and released her anger on the earth in the form of a time where no crops should grow. Meanwhile, Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds which made her want
There is a myth that her daughter, Persephone, was abducted by Demeter's brother, Hades. Hades was the ruler of the Underworld and ruler of the dead. Hades took Persephone to the Underworld with him to become his wife. Demeter was so upset that she put a curse on the earth causing the plant life to die. Zeus saved Persephone, but because she ate while in the Underworld, she was bound to Hades for four months out of every year. Demeter had great sorrow during these months, creating winter. When Persephone returns after these four months, Spring is brought to the earth. ("Demeter." Demeter. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept.
(AGG)The greek goddess Demeter had a daughter, Persephone, who was kidnapped by Hades, she was brought to the underworld, “Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and brought down to the underworld. Demeter searched desperately everywhere for the maiden but could not find her”(Cartwright), Demeter’s loss of her daughter gave her a goal, but she was impacted and she became sad because she did not have her daughter by her side every day.