Myth Comparison Essay

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Have you ever come across a tale or a myth wherein a female character was revealed as a protagonist, away from harm and not to be controlled by others? Not very likely. The mythological world was so much of men's civilization that women weren't after audiences' attention whatsoever. Despite the fact that female characters were often involved in countless myths, many were scapegoats for men; they must suffer, sacrifice and be tossed around. Such portrayals were established within "Demeter and Persephone" by Celia Barker Lottridge, "The Face in the Pool" by Mary Pope Osborne, and inside the Greek Mythology The Beginnings "Pandora's Box" by T. R. Gadd.

In almost all tales and myths, there was always an innocent female character who must suffer in the end. Demeter, goddess of Earth, along with her daughter Persephone, were two delighted female figures who lived on Earth in the story of "Demeter and Persephone."

Unfortunately, Hades, god of the underworld, decided to kidnap Demeter's beloved daughter bringing joy and lightness to the world where only death existed. Ultimately, Demeter soon discovered the loss of Persephone and this angered mother sought for revenge. Consequently, Persephone became the property of and was under the domination of Hades. As an ignorant person, Persephone did not know why all of a sudden she became the bride of Hades and would forever breathe the air of underworld. On the same hand, people and the nature of Earth were covered with remembrance of Demeter's. "Until my daughter is returned to me, the earth will show the sorrow in my heart," (Lottridge 314) Demeter stated to Zeus. From this, it was shown that both Demeter and Persephone were innocent female figures who had done nothing wrong but had to suffer in different ways. Furthermore, the goddess of Earth along with...