The Role Of Persephone In Greek Mythology

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Greek Mythology is based off of myths about gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters. There are many stories about their lives and what they are known for. Although Persephone is best known for the Queen of the Underworld, she is also known for natures control and myth influence on the modern day world.

Persephone is the daughter of Zues, King of the gods, and Demeter, goddess of agriculture(Wickersham). Her name is translated to "Kore" which means "maiden" and she is also the goddess of fertility ("EleusianMysteriesCelebrated").As she was growing up, she would travel around the world with her mother. Demeter and Persephone had a close mother- daughter relationship because of all their traveling together. When Hades saw her one day, he wanted her to be his wife forever and live with him in the Underworld. He asked Zues for his help to capture her. Zues made a flower grow where Persephone walks every day. As she was admiring its beauty, Hades rode in a chariot from the Underworld, captured
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When Persephone returned back to her mother, the earth blossoms back to its beautiful glory and when she returned back to the Underworld, everything on the earth dies. This symbolizes that Persephone is the figure for the changing seasons. She's the symbol because of her mother Demeter who is the goddess of agriculture. In Spring, everything is bright, alive and resembles new life. In winter, everything is dead and dull. Artists have viewed Persephone's life story and turned it into beautiful art work about the changing seasons and have made people change their view on how the seasons affect their lives. Many people have used Persephone's return back to her mother as a reminder that there is still hope for something and to hang onto it just like Demeter did when she was looking for her lost daughter. In addition, Persephone is not only known for natures control of life but also for her myth influence on the modern day

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