The Myth Of Persephone And The Twilight Saga By Stephanie Meyers

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The myth of Persephone is an interesting one, especially when considering how the original myth has influenced many modern novels that have been written in todays’ century. Certain aspects of the myth, such as Persephone falling in love with Hades, and the affects Persephone’s being in the underworld has on her mother are being rewritten in new ways and incorporate in popular novels such as the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyers. This paper will look at the Twilight Sega and how the myth of Persephone has influenced the overall story. Many times when reading any of these novels or watching a movie one does not realize that it is the same story that has been told for centuries. Twilight became an extremely popular novel for young adults in …show more content…
Hades is often described as a hard, middle-aged man, living in the dark, among the shadows of the Dead. But his heart softened when he saw Persephone and was amazed by his youth, beauty and freshness This is the case with Edward as he is perceived as snobbish, reserved, and anti social among his peers at folks high school, until he mets Bella, who he then cannot get out of his mind. Edward can be seen as resembling Hades as they are both living in the dark and hard until they meet a girl that softens them up much like Bella or Persephone. The story of how Persephone 's abduction by Hades “particularly the means by which the young girl is lured within his reach, along with her mother Demeter 's disconsolate reluctance to relinquish her” (Hixon, 255). Edward lures Bella away from her father whose character resemble Demeter. Although Bella is a much less unhappy person with Edward, it seems as though Edward is luring her away from her father. Her father does feel sad when Bella does start spending time with Edward and feels as though Edwards stole her away from him, wanting her to spend more time with him instead of out with …show more content…
Having such an influential myth, it can be seen throughout the Twilight novel written by Stephanie Meyers. The story of Bella Swan the human from Forks in which could resemble hell, and Edward Collins, the vampire that she falls in love with draws many parallels with the myth of Persephone. Bella much like Persephone was condemned to hell for a given period of time and whisked away by a man living in the shadows who softened up to her. Edward, the vampire who lured Bella to him resembles Hades who does the same with Persephone. Having the same main character traits as the myth of Persephone shows how influential the myth is and how novels written in today’s century are impacted by it. Not only are the main characters a resemblance of the myth, the town of Forks and smaller characters like Bella’s father can be seen as parallels also. The overall story of Twilight can be seen as being influenced by the myth of Persephone showing its importance still in today’s century of novel

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