Despite the respect of family bond they shared with Demeter, the underworld god went on to
consult Zeus and they collaborated in kidnapping her without the consent of her mother.
Persephone went out to play in a meadow that was full of flowers when Hades made a
wondrous and radiant narcissus which caught her attention. As she reached to uproot the flower,
the earth opened and the underworld god sprung out with his golden chariot and kidnapped
Persephone who tried to resist but it was in vain. Demeter was able to hear the echo of her
daughter but it was too late as she was already gone. Demeter being a tender loving mother, she
was really upset and worried about her daughter and made her rush in pursuit.
Demeter’s Grief and Anger
According to Swift (423), Demeter wondered the world from the land to the in search of
he daughter but it was all in vain. For nine days she did not eat, drink, sleep or take bath. She got
frustrated as she did not know the truth and there was no omen that was revealed. On the tenth
day she met with Hecate on the road who happened to have also hear the creaming voice of her
daughter but she did not know the reason or the offender. Noticing her grief, she decides to help
her by seeking help from Helios as he was the spy of the gods and humans who were not ready to
tell her the truth.
Helios is moved seeing Demeter in grief and sympathizes with her by revealing the
perpetrator of the incident. He identifies Hades as the kidnapper and also accuses Zeus of playing
part in the abduction of her daughter and giving the underworld god to take her as his wife.
Demeter is furious and returns to Olympus to ask for explanation. The glowing god tries to
comfort her but her words are unyielding and makes here more stubborn and she continues with
the search for her daughter.