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Zeus vs. Orpheus

A myth submitted to the site by Marisa S


We all have different personalities, we all also don’t love people forever. Or we love people too long. The famous love stories in Greek mythology are just like this. Like the love story Zeus and Hera. Or even the love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Zeus and Orpheus are similar because they both had very large weddings; however, they are different because Zeus cheated on his wife and Orpheus wife died.

Zeus and Orpheus both are very similar because they loved their wives from the beginning. Zeus fell head over heels for her. He has never seen anything more beautiful. That’s when he was determined to marry Hera. In their love story, he finds Hera in a beautiful area, he fell in love with her immediately. “ Zeus...was walking around the beautiful region...when suddenly he spotted Hera… fell head over heels in love with her,”(The Sacred Wedding of Zeus and Hera). This proves that Zeus loved Hera from the beginning, loved her from just a glance. Like Zeus, Orpheus also loved his wife from the beginning. Orpheus went on lots of quests his greatest quest was love. He was on one of his quest and he spotted Eurydice. He knew she was the one. Their love story was one of the greatest love stories ever written, he fell in love and could not live without her, he could never imagine her leaving. She was his everything. “ Orpheus fell in love…. Orpheus could not bear the thought of living without Eurydice,....”(Freeman 135). Their love stories should make you want to start with being deeply in love with someone and not wanting to waste another minute to get married to them, they teach you if you love someone a lot, you should throw a grand wedding. Therefore, Zeus and Orpheus both loved their wives from the beginning means they are alike.

Zeus and Orpheus are similar because both were given revenge. Zeus’s girlfriends were given revenge by Hera. Zeus had 115 girlfriends, and over 140 kids with those girlfriends. Hera would get back on the ones that she disliked the most. Hera got revenge on a lady named Semele, to get revenge Hera made sure she got too close to a god and would burn. Hera was a very jealous woman. “ Hera was consumed by jealousy whenever she thought of Zeus’s other loves, and she was determined to make their lives miserable,”(Bryant 108). This clearly states that Zeus was given revenge because he lost most of his girlfriends. He lost them because of Hera’s jealousy. Like Zeus, Orpheus was given revenge. When Orpheus’s wife died, she went to the underworld. Orpheus tried to go and save her, when he got to the underworld. Hades said he could take her back to the real world. Hades said you can not look back. Orpheus didn’t trust that Eurydice was behind him. He looked back, Hades jailed him in the underworld for 7 days. He didn’t trust Hades. “Charon refused him passage.. For seven days Orpheus sat on the banks…”(Freeman 136). “..He made his way back to the land..he avoided men and woman..in the forest. A group..fought over Orpheus and tore his body to pieces,”(Freeman 136). It is not good to cheat on your wife or not trust someone. In conclusion Zeus and Orpheus are similar because they were both given revenge.

Zeus and Orpheus are different because Orpheus was very much in love with Eurydice and Zeus didn’t care for his wife. Zeus cheated so much on Hera. She kept trying to keep her home but it was so hard. He would always want to go places. Hera always wanted Zeus to herself but Zeus didn’t want her. Zeus didn’t care that he had a wandering eye, he didn’t know what he wanted. “ Despite the grief his wandering eye caused Hera..Zeus continued his ways…”(Bryant 108). This proves that Zeus didn’t care he had a wandering eye and he wanted to keep cheating. Unlike Orpheus, who loved his wife so much that he couldn’t let her go. He saw his wife from the corner of his eye and knew she was the one. He couldn’t imagine life without her. He loved her very much. “Orpheus fell in love with a nymph named Eurydice and blissful was their life together…”Myth Web). This clearly shows that Orpheus was madly in love with Eurydice. In conclusion, Zeus and Orpheus different because Orpheus was very in love with his wife and Zeus didn’t care much for his wife.

Zeus and Orpheus are different because Orpheus tried to save Eurydice from the underworld and Zeus cheated on Hera with 115 girls. Zeus was a man that didn’t know what he wanted. He didn’t ever want to settle down. He wanted to keep dating but he still wanted to have a wife. He always cheated on Hera, he had over 140 children with all those girlfriends. He just kept wanting. “ Zeus had relationships with more than 115 females…”(Bryant 108). This shows that he cheated on his wife. On the other hand, Orpheus tried to save his wife from the underworld. In Orpheus’s wedding, his bride, Eurydice, was bitten by a poisonous bug and died on contact. She was sent to the underworld with Hades. Orpheus went to the underworld to go and find her and take her back. “ He found an entrance to the realm of Hades… He asked to bring his bride back to the world of the living… There was one condition… Orpheus had to trust that Eurydice was behind him… he turned…”(Freeman 136). This proves that he tried to save his bride. In conclusion, Zeus and Orpheus are different because Orpheus tried to save Eurydice from the underworld and Zeus cheated on Hera with 115 girls.

Not everyone has the same love stories, no one no what happens behind the scenes. Zeus and Orpheus share some of the same similarities like they both loved their wives from the beginning and both were given revenge. They differ in ways like they Orpheus cares for his wife very much and Zeus doesn’t. Also, Zeus cheated and Orpheus tried to save his wife from the underworld. Zeus and Orpheus are not similar but they are not totally different they both loved their wives from the beginning but Orpheus’s wife ended up dieing.

Bibliography

Freeman, Phillip. Heroes of Olympus. Simon & Schuster Children, 2012


Bryant, Morgan E., Oh My God: a look-it up guide of gods/goddesses of mythology Scholastion


“Olympian Gods>>Hera, the Goddess of Marriage>>Myths about Hera.” Greek Stories about Hera-the Sacred Wedding of Zeus and Hera. N.p.,n.d. Web. 06 Nov.2013


“Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology: Orpheus.” Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology: Orpheus. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Nov.2013.


By Marisa S
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