Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Orpheus was referred to as an epitome of harmony with nature in Pan's Travail, "Orpheus is shown in art and literature as expressing the harmony of nature;" (Hughes, 54). This concept forced me to pause for a moment because the mythological tale of Orpheus highlights the way in which he goes against death. Orpheus attempts to revive his beloved Euridice and reverse death, the most natural occurrence at the end of any living being's life. The perfect harmonization with nature is thus disillusioned. Can Orpheus properly fulfill the description offered?