She fled, and got bitten by a snake in the foot and died. Orpheus was stunned, and his appeals to Charon that he cross the Styx again were denied. Orpheus' music was so inspirational and powerful that he was able to make living and non living things pursue him. Once Eurydice was dancing and laughing with fellow nymphs in a meadow. The purpose of mythology is to clarify, give guidance, or provide a warning for a culture's people.
According to another version, Zeus decided to strike him with lightning knowing Orpheus would reveal the secrets of the underworld to humans. Stretching out their arms to embrace one another they grasped only the air. Orpheus fell in love with a woman named Eurydice. His name was Orpheus, the son of Apollo and Calliope, one of the Muses. In such love for his wife Orpheus wanted to follow her in death. They also find his limbs and give them a proper burial.
The famous myth of Pygmalion, often reinterpreted in modern times, is an unusual love story. Unable to stand her pleading and accusations any longer, Orpheus turns to her. Through music and poetry and with extraordinary art, he delivered a persuasive religious message, the foundation of a mystery religion called Orphism. Orpheus tried to return to the Underworld but a man cannot enter the Hades twice, not alive anyway. Any other mortal would have died, but Orpheus protected by the Gods, went to the Hades and arrived at the infamous Stygian realm, passing by ghosts and souls of people unknown.
Directly after the wedding Eurydice went into a field and got bitten by a viper and died. They roam through those happy fields together now, sometimes he leads, sometimes she; and Orpheus gazes as much as he will upon her, no longer incurring a penalty for a thoughtless glance. Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guards the entrance, stands motionless and lets Orpheus pass. If he was patient and trusted that she was behind him he would have been able to live with her the rest of his life and both of them would have been happy. How they fell in love, got married, and were separated by fate, almost met again to be separated forever, is what the myth is all about.
Not only his fellow mortals, but wild beasts were softened by his strains, and gathering round him laid by their fierceness, and stood entranced with his lay. Orpheus is so desperate to live out his days with his wife that he visits the underworld and its god, Hades. Intermission Act Three Without looking at his wife, Orpheus urges her to follow him quickly. They discuss music and literature; they are ridiculous with each other in the way that very enamored couples are. In shock and tortured by grief and regret, Orpheus sadly recalls his wedding.
Unfortunately, Orpheus is overcome with passion just as they reach the exit. They let Eurydice leave with him under one condition; he could not look at her until they left the underworld. You see, Orpheus loves his wife and desperately wants her back in his life, so he cannot help but look back and check on her as they travel from the underworld--completely disobeying Hades. This guy is even moving sticks and stones not to break his bones — impressive. She would stay there forever.
But Orpheus had his mind set and there he went to Hades with his lyre. Eurydice, Orpheus' beloved love and wife, died when she was of young age. The couple began their ascent. The story of Ceyx and Alcyone is an interesting variation on the Greek love myth because it is both tragic and hopeful. Orpheus endeavored to follow her, and besought permission to return and try once more for her release but the stern ferryman repulsed him and refused passage.
Instead, he has fallen in love with his art--specifically, a beautiful sculpture of a woman. Next season has something for everyone from the classic gems to the avant-garde. Perhaps this is the analogue to a god loving a mortal. She seems more concerned about being with him than with the dangers of the ocean—which are real. Finally, it is notable that so many myths are about a pair of persons, usually two males or a male and a female. Furious, Eurydice leaves the rehearsal. Orpheus was so distraught, he followed her to the Underworld.
Orpheus tried to return to the underworld, but a man cannot enter the realm of Hades twice while alive. Soon he could see the exit. A short time after this ominous prophecy, Eurydice was wandering in the forest with the Nymphs. Orphic laid great stress on rewards and punishment after bodily death, the soul then being freed to achieve its true life. . He could not hear Eurydice's footsteps, as she was in a shadow form.
Thinking it a simple task for a patient man like himself, Orpheus was delighted; he thanked the gods and left to ascend back into the world. Orpheus is ultimately killed either by beasts tearing him apart, or by the , in a frenzied mood. From his music, Orpheus made Eurydice swoon. And, second, always be respectful to the gods. Even trees and rocks were entranced with his music.