Loyalty In Baucis And Philemon

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A common strength between the two mythological love stories is the use of symbolism to support the overall meaning of loyalty in love. In Baucis and Philemon, the symbol that most supports loyalty is the ramshackle home filled with warmth and joy. Baucis says to her visiting guests, “‘We are poor folk,’ she said, ‘but poverty isn’t so bad when you’re willing to own up to it, and a contented spirit is a great help too.’” This quote contributes to the author’s strength in the use of symbolism in that it effectively shows that even in their old age and poor economic condition, they are still devoted to each other and their home as seen in their cozy hearth and uplifted spirits. Similarly, in the love story Orpheus and Eurydice, Orpheus’ journey
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