DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE
The myth of Demeter and Persephone being the prime example of a strong love between a mother and her daughter. The love so strong that they can’t bear being apart from one another for long. Another prime example of an immortal having the same feelings as mortals.
Demeter loved Persephone as it is quoted from the text “The joy of Demeter’s eternal lifetime was her daughter, Persephone.” The Great Mother Goddess would even threaten the other gods, and killing her loved mortals just so she could help her daughter who was taken away. Persephone is a beautiful girl who loves sunshine, wild flowers and laughter. Even Hades, the Lord of the Underworld fell in love with her.
When Demeter realized that her daughter has disappeared from Earth, distraught and worried she “From her lovely hair, she tore its band, from her shoulders she loosened her dark cape”. Her daughter who was forcibly taken by Hades to the underworld greatly worried the grieving, unknowing mother. Demeter, confused, thought that by starving the innocent humans, until the gods will no longer be honoured by them, someone might be able to tell her about the whereabouts of Persephone.
Zeus, fearing that it would really happen, told her about the truth. That he planned with his brother, Hades, to let him take Persephone to the Underworld with him. Demeter, thinking of the best for her daughter, said “You know how she loves the light of the sun, the joyous sound of laughter and the scent of flowers.” This shows how much she loves Persephone to even defy her husband and brother. Even after hearing they had a happy marriage where nothing that Persephone loves doesn’t exist in the underworld.
The love Demeter has for Persephone, her daughter is infinite, to even oppose her brothers and her husband and the mortals just for her daughter. Her daughter too, loves her mother very much. As it is shown in the myth, there are many examples and proofs. This myth that is based on a...
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