Analysis of Arachne

by: Sean A, Alexa K, and Dahlia B, period 3, 4/26/16

Summary

Persephone was a spring-maiden who loved to pick flowers. One day, she found a special flower and went to grab it. However, she was taken to the underworld by a hand (Hades) and became trapped. Her mom, Demeter, looked for her everywhere! Later, Hermes, the messenger, told Demeter to go to Hades temple. There, she found her daughter Persephone. Persephone told her mom that she ate 7 pomegranate seeds which meant she had to stay with Hades for 7 months as a queen, and she may live with her family for the other 5 months.

Function/ Purpose of the myth

The purpose/function of this myth was to convey how the seasons came to be. In the story, seven months were to be spent in the underworld by Persaphone. Those months represent the winter when it is cold, dark, chilling sensation our months give to us. For the other five months, she was allowed to stay with her family. Those months represented the warm, delightful, and enjoying conditions, our month spring.

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