Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice
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  • Ordinary World
  • Call To Adventure
  • Refusal
  • Orpheus and Eurydice are living Thrace, a mountainous region in northern Greece. They're in love and are going about their lives as any happy couple would.
  • Mentor / Helper
  • But then Eurydice gets bit by a snake and dies, which leads to Orpheus’s journey to the Underworld
  • Crossing the Threshold
  • For a while, Orpheus doesn't do much except wander around Thrace, strumming on his lyre and crying about Eurydice. The thought that he should go down to Hades and rescue her hasn't occurred to him yet. Again, he isn't exactly "refusing" a call, but he certainly isn't taking steps towards making his adventure happen.
  • Test / Allies / Enemies
  • In most adaptations of the myth, Orpheus decides on his own to travel to Hades. But a few versions say that the gods advised Orpheus to go down to the Underworld, because they were sick of all his moaning.
  • First, he enters the cave that serves as the portal from earth to the Underworld. Then he crosses the River Styx (threshold between the living and the dead), and makes it past the gates of Hell, which are guarded by Cerberus, the three-headed dog.
  • As he searches for Hades and Persephone, the King and Queen of the Underworld, Orpheus passes by many of the sad, scary denizens of Hades. Lucky for him, he's able to charm them all with his beautiful music. His songs calm down Cerberus. Then Orpheus enchants all of the shades, makes the Furies weep, causes Sisyphus to sit idle on his rock, and distracts the vultures from picking at Tityus' liver. He's basically a one-man band who tames all of these potential threats with music.
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