Persephone : The And Eventual Induction Of Persephone Essay

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The Hymn to Demeter is a song about the kidnapping and eventual induction of Persephone as the wife of Hades. Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, and is portrayed as a young woman of marriageable age. As the wife of Hades, Persephone shares his domain, being given authority and power over all who reside in the underworld (line 364-369). Also, Persephone is able to reprimand those who are immoral or do not satisfy her with offerings and sacrifices (line 364-369). In the hymn, Persephone first starts out as a seemingly static character, but throughout the song she undergoes maturation and coming of age to end as a dynamic goddess. It is as if the plucking of a narcissus flower has changed her outlook on the world and transformed her from a young girl to a full adult. In a way, Persephone could be seen as a paradigm for maturity and adulthood.
In the beginning of the song, Persephone is seen as an innocent and youthful girl as seen in the scene when she is picking flowers in the Nysian plain. However, even though she is young, she is still strong-willed because even when she was kidnapped “hope yet charmed her strong mind though she grieved” (line 37). Also, she is very attached to her mother, Demeter, and they share a warm and intimate mother-daughter relationship. When Persephone is abducted by Hades in the beginning of the song, she is “still unwilling and longing for her mother” (line 344) because she still has the close connection to Demeter. Also, the…

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