Persephone In Greek Mythology

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In Greek mythology, Persephone was the queen of the Underworld. Her name can be translated to variations of “she who destroys the light” (Lindermans). By many, she was also known as Kore (the Maiden), the Greek goddess of spring. Persephone was the daughter to Zeus and Demeter, both of whom are Olympian gods/goddesses. She is typically depicted holding either a torch or bundles of wheat. The ruler was very young in age, often seen in pictures with her Demeter and Triptolemos, important figures of the inner workings of agriculture (Atsma). Frequently, Persephone is associated with Hades, and the story of her abduction by the ruler plays a key role in her life. I found this story interesting because its storyline, and how it ended up developing…show more content…
She believed in the importance of nature, and valued it greatly. This among flowers, and the seasons of summer and spring make up her likes. Persephone also valued the act of having high spirits, and the goddess enjoyed joyus states of being (Osborn et al, 1998). Her main dislikes would be the Underworld and Hades, where she was forced to live out one third of her life. The seasons of fall and winter would also fit into these categories, because they were created by Demeter during the time of her four month stay in the Underworld, and despised the time greatly. She also was in fear that “that mortals often invoked her name in curses” (Osborn et al, 1998). The goddess is able to jump between Heaven, the Underworld and Earth at will. Although Persephone despised Hades, the two remain loyal to each other, and she abides by her code of returning to the Underworld. (Carter) Persephone continues to be an important part of society because her myth describing the actions resulting in specific features of the natural world. It gives an explanation as to why the seasons began, a myth explaining the actions resulting in new features of the natural world. This narrative is also the basis of many novels written throughout the world, and looking close enough, many characteristics of this myth are found in stories all around

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