Osiris And Hades Research Paper

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Reading throughout the myths of Osiris and Hades, there were several differences in symbolism. Hades’ myth talks about the kidnapping of Demetrius’ daughter, Persephone, taken in the underworld with him. Zeus, alarmed for the barren earth, sought for Persephone's return. However, because she had eaten pomegranate seeds while in the underworld, Hades had a claim on her. Therefore, it was decreed that Persephone would spend four months each year in the underworld. The pomegranate seeds is a symbol in the abduction of Persephone. However, Osiris’ myth symbolizes his death and rebirth. Hades’ myth regarded this fruit as the symbol of life, marriage, and rebirth in the abduction story of Persephone by Hades. Persephone was abducted by Hades to be his wife in the underworld. In Demeter’s anger…show more content…
For the months that you spend with the scoundrel, no grass will grow, no flowers blow, no trees will bear. So long as you are below, there will be desolation everywhere.” (Evslin, 29). The significance of this quote is to show the quality of the affection for a mother for her child. Demeter dropped all her work and different obligations and followed the hijacked Persephone to and through the entryways of the underworld and confronted down Hades himself to bring her child back. However, Osiris’ myth symbolizes his death and rebirth He was slain or drowned by his brother, Seth, who cut his body into many pieces and throws them in the Nile River. Isis, Osiris’ wife, gathers these pieces together and rejoins them. Then she brings Osiris back to living, leads him to the gods, and brings him into a new shape, with new powers. It is through this rebirth that Osiris becomes the principle of birth and rebirth. To conclude, Hades’ myth symbolizes the pomegranates which explains Persephone’s Abduction, while Osiris’ myth symbolizes his own resurrection, which holds the promise of eternal life for all
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