Myth TitleOrpheus and Eurydice CultureGreek MythologySummaryOrpheus and

Myth TitleOrpheus and Eurydice CultureGreek MythologySummaryOrpheus and Eurydice are both characters from ancient greek mythology. In short, this myth is about the tragic tale of two lovers, Orpheus and Eurydice. After Eurydice dies, Orpheus travels to the underworld to try to get her back. Hades, who is the god which rules the underworld says that if he can walk all the way back to the upper world without looking back at Eurydice, she could return with him. Unfortunately Orpheus fails this task.Now let’s get more in-depth into the myth. Orpheus was the son of a god named Apollo. When Orpheus was a young man, Apollo gifted him a lyre. It is said that Orpheus played the lyre so well that it even shocked his father – the one who taught him how to play it. Orpheus’ music was so enchanting that it tamed the wildest beasts and even softened the composition of rocks. Orpheus fell in love with a girl of true unique beauty – Eurydice. At their marriage Hymen who is the god of marriage was called to bless them. Although, this is not what he did. Hymen predicted that the perfection of the two was not meant to last together forever. Now, shortly after their marriage and Hymen’s prediction, Eurydice was walking in the forest when a shepherd noticed her and her beauty. Enchanted by it, he began to chase her and frightened Eurydice began to run. As she tried to escape, Eurydice nears a river and it was here that a snake bite her and Eurydice immediately died. Orpheus was devastated and after encouragement from his father, he travelled to the Underworld to try to get Eurydice back. Now any mortal would’ve died but Orpheus was protected by the gods – since his father was Apollo. Orpheus played his music to Hades – god of the Underworld. His music somehow managed to softened the heart of Hades. He agreed that Eurydice could return with him, only on one condition. Orpheus could walk back to the Upperworld with his wife, only if he didn’t look at her until they reached Earth. Unfortunately, as they were approaching Earth Orpheus looked back to make sure this wasn’t a trick. At this moment, Eurydice disappeared. The love of his life was lost forever, in the land of life after death. They say curiosity killed the cat, but in this case it really just killed Orpheus and Eurydice’s love.From here on, heart broken Orpheus wandered around in despair. His songs were no longer happy and he had sworn he would never love another woman again. This lead to a group of wild women to tear him limb from limb. This was purely out of jealousy. It said that they threw Orpheus’ head into a river and it continued to sing as it flowed towards the sea. Some say Orpheus was reunited with Eurydice in the Underworld but others believe they never met again. CharactersOrpheus The protagonist of the storyWas a lyre player and the son of Apollo EurydiceOrpheus’ love interestApolloA greek god of the music, truth the Sun and lightShepherdWas attracted to Eurydice’s beauty and literally chased her to her deathHymenGod of marriage HadesGod of the underworldType of MythAfterlife mythsInvolve rebirth and afterlifeCulture’s History – Facts that help understand the myth better: beliefsIn greek mythology, river’s represented transition. The transition was usually from life to death. This shows us an understanding to the physical setting of the book. Eurydice was bitten by a snake and died in the forest, right near a river. Another example is when Orpheus died and the wild, jealous women threw his head and limbs into the nearby river. This ties back to how rivers have represented the transition of life and death in Greek mythology.Geography Orpheus grew up on the land of Thrace. Although Orpheus had no rival, the people of Thrace were known to be the most musically talented people. The entire city was known to to be musically talented, and so were Orpheus’ parents so it was no surprise that Orpheus himself was also musically talented. The geographical setting of the myth helps us understand to why Orpheus may have been this talented.  Social structureOrpheus was the son of the god Apollo and Muse Calliope. The social status of his parents – as they were gods was the only reason he was able to go down to the Underworld. Without the protection of his parents, Orpheus wouldn’t have been able to do this. Any mortal human would have died in this process. This shows us how the social structure of people and their social statues had a major impact on the plot of the myth.Why the myth was created:The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is one of many myths of Greek mythology. I believe this myth was created because of its moral point, which directly relates to my thematic statement. Thematic StatementOrpheus and Eurydice is a story about about tragic love. There is a famous quote which says “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals”. This just shows us how the real cause of the death of someone’s love isn’t always a natural cause such as death itself but often because of certain actions. This relates to my thematic statement; Love at it’s extreme extents can be a powerful motivator which has the power to push people to the limits of their character. It influences the extreme decisions, risks and actions people are willing to make for those they love.  This is proved multiple times throughout the myth. It is proved in my myth as we can tell that, the feeling of love was the reason to why Orpheus went to his limits and made it to the Underworld to try and retrieve his lover back. His love for Eurydice influenced his actions and the risks he took for her. After he loses Eurydice yet again, Orpheus wonders around in despair and no longer sings happy songs. He even willingly died when the group of wild women came to tear him apart. Orpheus had no other purpose in life. This relates back to my thematic statement and shows us how love, at it’s extreme extents really does have the power to push people to their limits and can influence the extreme decisions, risks and actions people are willing to make for those they love Relevance of myth in later culture or societyGreece is one of the top countries in the world when it comes to tourism. Greek culture is known for its rich ancient history. Now this is an outcome of all the myths and stories which were told in the ancient times; the story of Orpheus and Eurydice being one of them. So in a way, the myth about Orpheus and Eurydice is just one of the many which helped shape greek culture and its society.It is also said that a new, mystery religion based on the teaching of songs by Orpheus was constructed in ancient greece. Although there is no historical evidence, most scholars believe that there was at the bare minimum, an Orphic movement which related to Orpheus