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Zeus and Hera V.S. Hades and Persephone

A myth submitted to the site by Dani C.

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Zeus and Hera V.S Hades and Persephone
By: Dani C

All gods are different. You’d think that Zeus and Hades are complete opposites because one rules the sky and heavens while the other rules the underworld. Complete opposite ruling right? Well, while Zeus had many differences with Hades they also had similarities. Their relationships, for example, with their wives had some similarities. Zeus was married to Hera, and Hades was married to Persephone. The relationship between Zeus and Hera and the relationship between Hades and Persephone are similar in the ways that they both loved their wives and they both tricked them into staying with them; however, their relationships were different and they fell in love differently.

The love life of Zeus and Hera and the love life of Hades and Persephone is similar because they both tricked the women into letting them into their lives. Hades loved Persephone and didn't want her to leave when Zeus , “Insisted that Hades return Persephone to her mother if, and only if, Persephone had not eaten anything in the Underworld ” (Myth-Lopedia). When Hades found about what Zeus had said, he asked Persephone if she was hungry and she was. So, Hades gave Persephone food. When Persephone's mother, Demeter, went to the Underworld to get her daughter back, Hades said, “According to the laws of the world below, no soul, living or dead, may leave this place if they had eaten anything, even if it were as small as a pomegranate seed ” (Kimmel, 12). Persephone had eaten 6.

Zeus had also tricked Hera into letting him into her life. Hera had an arranged marriage with Zeus that she had avoided for 3 years. That was until the night that she finally relented only after, “Zeus tricked her by shifting into a cute little bird. Once she had him nestled in her bosom, he shifted back to his man form and made mad, passionate love to her. Once again he proposed, and this time she agreed. A lavish wedding followed, and almost immediately Zeus went back to his philandering ways.” This clearly illustrates that in the relationship between Zeus and Hera and Hades and Persephone both the women were tricked into letting both men into their lives.

Another similarity between the 2 relationships was that both, Zeus and Hades, loved their wives. Zeus was known as a “playboy” , or someone who would go out with every girl that caught his eye. Zeus would go behind Hera’s back and seduce other women. “In spite of how he had mistreated her, Zeus did love Hera and, more than that, felt as if part of himself was missing when she was not there for him ” (Goddess Gift). One day Hera was so upset when she felt that Zeus no longer loved her since he kept leaving her for other women so she ran away. Zeus was used to her running away because she would always come back. When she didn't he panicked and invited her to a “mock” marriage ceremony that he had arranged to a princess near her home. He planned that this would make her come out of the shadows and come back to him. Hera, being the jealous type, went to go see what this princess was like. She couldn't help but be amused to discover him making his vows, not to a princess, but a statue! Hera's laughter broke the ice, and she forgave him and returned to Mount Olympus to resume her role as wife and queen.
Hades also loved Persephone. Hades was loyal to Persephone and never loved anyone else. In the book “The McEldery Book of Greek Myths” , Hades loves Persephone and hates to see her sad. When Persephone’s mother goes down to the Underworld to get her daughter back, Persephone says “Mom, I love my husband but I also want to be with you ” (Kimmel ). Hades loved Persephone so much that he let her go for 6 months to be with her Mother and the other 6 she can spend with him.

There were a lot of similarities but then, there were also many differences. One difference between the 2 relationships is that Zeus and Hera had a lot of arguments while Hades and Persephone loved each other and lived happily. Zeus and Hera had a lot of arguments about many things.

One day, Hera’s jealousy got the better of her and she finally yelled “Which of the gods are you plotting with now? You and all your secret plans. Why don't you have the guts to tell me what you're up too?” (Phillip, 66). This got Zeus very mad so he yelled back, “ Woman, I've had just about enough of you! If you keep nagging me you’re going to regret it. I’m the ruler of the gods, not you. I’m going to what I think is right whether you like it or not ” ( Phillips, 66). This was just one of the many arguments the both of them had. On the other hand, Hades and Persephone got along quite well. Their love was mutual. “When the gathering in front of Zeus took place and Persephone was asked where she would like to live, she answered she wanted to live with her husband.” They both lived happily together and never fought as bad as Zeus and Hera.

Another difference is the way that the gods fell in love with their maiden. Zeus and Hera had an arranged marriage and Zeus thought she was beautiful. They were supposed to get married but Hera had done a good job avoiding the marriage until she was tricked. Hera, who no doubt knew that Zeus had already had six different lovers, spurned his romantic overtures. However, Hades fell in love with Persephone in a heartbeat. That was because Aphrodite, the goddess of love, wanted to prove to her son, Eros, that she could make anyone fall in love. At The moment she spotted someone she shot and, : Hades was struck with arrow to his heart and he fell in love trees, flowers, sunshine, and Persephone ”(Kimmell, 67). Both relationships started of differently, one was arranged while the other was struck in love.

Relationships have their similarities and differences. Zeus and Hera had a somewhat loving relationship, Zeus couldn't live without her. Hades and Persephone loved each other so much they worked things out and was loyal to her. They both also tricked them into letting them into their lives. Zeus turned into a sick bird making Hera bring him into her home and Hades made Persephone eat food in the underworld so she would stay with him. Although they has similarities, they also had differences. Zeus and Hades both fell in love differently with their wives, Zeus and Hera were an arranged marriage and Hades was struck to the heart with an arrow making him fall in love. They also treated their wives in different ways. Zeus and Hera argued a lot , while Hades compromised with Persephone.


Kimmel, Eric A.
The McEldery Book of Greek Myths. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Myth Lopedia Oh My Gods. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Calkhoven, Laurie, Philip Freeman, Philip Freeman, and Drew Willis.
Heroes of Olympus. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

By Dani C.
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