Betrayals Hades/Eurydice/Orpheus

She stood before his throne,

her body so beautiful

it made the old king wince.

And we ghosts, gray husks,

gathered close as if

to warm ourselves at embers.

Then he entered, his boots

like thunder echoing

in that dark, silent hall.

And what had he brought?

Songs of anguish and desire-

all she had gladly forgot.

His words about the world

were meant to lure her back,

to hurt her into memory.

And they worked. I watched

her brow furrow,

her placid face lose all repose.

I'd thought we lost her then

until our sly king

whispered in the singer's ear:

"Take her. She's yours.

And trust her if you dare,

but be alert.

Do not turn your back on her."

In Betrayals/Hades, Eurydice, and Orpheus a poem by Gregory Orr, Orpheus ventures to the underworld in pursuit of his deceased bride. Orr's purpose is to suggest that Eurydice did not want to return to the mortal world. Orr uses an observant tone in order to portray the experience of the narrating ghost. "And we ghosts, gray husks, gathered close as if to warm ourselves at embers" (Orr 4-6). The narrator and his fellows beheld the affair of Orpheus's quest for Eurydice. The event is well documented.

Orpheus and Eurydice were madly in love and very happy together. Aristaeus, a shepherd, confesses his love for Eurydice, scaring her off. She runs away and steps on a snake, which bites her and she dies. Orpheus uses his gift of music to get into the underworld in an attempt to save his wife. Hades agrees to let her return to the mortal world so long as he trusts she will be behind him and he doesn’t look back to check. Orpheus agrees, feet from the exit, he loses hope and turns back. Eurydice’s spirit is whisked away, back among the dead, gone forever. The story either ends with Orpheus playing a song, calling upon death in order to be reunited with Eurydice in which he is torn apart by beasts or Zeus striking him with a lightning bolt in fear he will reveal the secrets of the underworld to the mortals. Either way, Orpheus died and the Muses decided to save his head and keep it among the living people to forever enchant everyone with his music.

Disney's Hercules:

The story line follows Hercules traveling to the Underworld to get Meg back, as Orpheus did with Eurydice.

The myth told of the story the Greeks told. The poem portrayed the same story from a different perspective. The allusion mirrored an event from the story.

The myth helped me understand the story the poem was telling. The poem suggested a different perspective of the myth. The allusion had the same scene as the the myth and likely the end that the poem was leading up to.


Created with images by dailyinvention - "The Orphean Blues" • aitoff - "tunnel steps dark" • Giovana Medeiros - "Ghosts" • romanboed - "Prague Lane" • Biblioteca Rector Machado y Nuñez - "1004182" • kevin dooley - "Memories of Summer 2015" • sara biljana - "Bleeding memories" • JD Hancock - "Relationships Are King" • alayna_fletcher - "Exit" • veritatem - "Jan Mandyn, Orpheus and Eurydice, Netherlandish, c. 1500-1559" • adeleblancsec2015 - "Hercules"

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