Orpheus and Eurydice

Topics: Orpheus, Greek mythology, Sun Pages: 2 (478 words) Published: February 6, 2011
The Never-ending Love of
Orpheus and Eurydice
and opera production
The story takes place in ancient greece. The beginning of the story is at the Bisaltes river, Bisaltia and as the story progresses the setting changes to Hades, hell or the underworld.

Scene 1-
Orpheus is singing a song by the riverside surrounded by all kind of creatures and things listening to his captivating voice and the way he played. Eurydice is mesmerized by the beautiful melody and the instant Orpheus’ and Eurydice’s eyes lock, they fall in love with each other.

Scene 2-
Shorty after Orpheus and Eurydice get married, Eurydice is bitten by a snake and dies. Orpheus expresses his grief in his music, pleading the return of his wife. After he realizes there is no other way to get her back, he decides to go down to Hades to seek for Eurydice and bring her back to the world of light himself.

Orpheus is now in the world of the shadows, begging that Eurydice be given back to him. Pluto, the god of the underworld, agrees and tells Orpheus to take Eurydice with one condition: he must not look back at her until they reach the land of light or he will lose her forever.

Orpheus and Eurydice are going through the world of shadows, while Orpheus keeps in mind not to look back at Eurydice despite all the horrors of Hades and everything they see. Just before they reach the rays of the sun, Orpheus without thinking turns too soon to Eurydice to celebrate the accomplishment of getting back to the upper world. Eurydice tries to warn him, but her cries are too late as the shadows close upon her, and take her once again to the land of eternal night.

Orpheus can’t bear the loss of his wife again, and tortured by the bitterness of which, he isolates himself from everything and refused to to have anything more to do with women the many maidens who had fallen in love with him, infuriated by his lack of interest in them kill him.

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