Analysis of "Origin of the Seasons"

Sean A, Alexa K, and Dahlia B, 4/26/16, Period 3


In the myth of "Origin of the Seasons," retold by Olivia Coolidge, Persephone was a spring-maiden who admired to gather flowers. One day, she found a significant 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 seven pomegranate seeds which meant she had to stay with Hades for seven months as a queen, and she may live with her family for the other five months.

Function/Purpose of the Myth

The function of this myth was to convey how the seasons came to be. Also, it showed how our twelve months differentiates. In the story, seven months were to be spent in the underworld by Persephone. The seven months showed the frigid, dark, chilling sensation our months give to us. For the other five months, they are to be spent with her own family. These five months represent the warm, enjoying, delightful condition our months bring. This myth brought our conclusion that it allows us to see the uniqueness about each time spent in a year.


Audio for "Origin of the Seasons"