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Hades/Pluto, Mythological Allusion

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by Brian Okundaye on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Hades/Pluto, Mythological Allusion

Hades/Haides/Polydegmon
(Greek Names)
aka
Pluto
(Roman Name) God of the dead/death. Rules over the Underworld, the realm of the dead. He is also the brother of Zeus, Poseidon and the other children of Rhea and Cronus. The goddess Persephone had gone flower picking one day when she saw a flower that was beyond comparison. The Rape of Persephone/The Abduction of Persephone Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012, Nintendo) Major Story Persephone picked the flower but was soon snathced up by Hades and dragged down against her will into the Underworld. Her screams were heard by Helios and Hekate, but neither went out of their way to aid Persephone. Demeter was angered and refused to let crops bear their fruits or edibles. Zeus knew that if this continued humans would eventually fall into starvation. He sent Hermes to the Underworld to tell Hades to send Persephone back to her mother. Hades agreed and let Persephone leave, but not without feeding her a pomegranate, knowing that by eating it she was bound to the Underworld and would have to return. Persephone's mother, Demeter, goddess of harvest,
searched endlessly but found no trace or tracks. Hekate
would later admit to Demeter she had heard Persephone's screams. The two goddesses visited Helios, who explained that it had been Hades who took Persephone to be his wife under the approval and aid of Zeus. From this, an agreement was made where Persephone would remain with the Olympians for 2/3rds of the year and spend the other 1/3rd in the Underworld with Hades. It was at this time that Demeter would cease to allow fruits and crops to produce because Persephone was not with her. Persephone and Hades Modern Use/Allusions Film Videogames --Hades is cast as the antagonist/villain of the story who seeks to overthrow Zeus's rule over Olympus and put in place himself where Zeus once presided.

--The character of Hades is shown to be one of cocky, selfish, and sharp tongued individual who was disrespectful towards anyone other than himself. Same family relation and responsibilities as in the myths however.

--This interpretation hated the Olympians and Hercules, contrary to the Hades of myth. Hercules (1997, Disney film) Attributes-- This Hades
has powers over
fire as well as
rule over many
monsters. Also uses
magic. --Characterized as cruel, arrogant, and evil God who seeks to conquer both the realm of mortals and immortals through his legions of monsters, otherwise known as the underworld army. Attributes-- He has powers of darkness and
other magics. ---Over the years, the character of Hades has changed as a result of
the definition of what an Underworld is changing. Modern Underworlds are either based off Hell or are actually Hell, and house villains who are looked over by a Satanic figure or by Satan.

---The same approach is taken in writing Hades and the Underworld, who usually has most if not all the characteristics of Satan.

---Death is associated with evil which is associated with Satan. Citations

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Kid Icarus: Uprising. 23 March 2012. Nintendo. September 30 2012

Hercules. Dir. Ron Clements and John Musker. Perf. James Woods and Danny DeVito. Walt Disney Pictures, 1997. DVD.

The Palace of Haides. Digital image. Theoi.com. The Theoi Project, n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.theoi.com/Gallery/K14.1.html>.

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