Food in Myth and Fairy Tales Essay by The Research Group

Food in Myth and Fairy Tales
A discussion of the role and significance of food in the Greek myth of "Demeter and Persephone, "Alice in Wonderland," etc.
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" In one of those peculiar but enduring distinctions that exist between the worlds of high and low culture, the stories of the people of classical Greece have come down to us as “myths” rather than “folktales” – and so are to be considered in general of greater consequence. However, for the purposes of this essay on the importance of food in fairytales, we shall set aide this distinction for the moment because it is from Greek “myth” that comes the archetypal story of food and folklore.
The particular story being referred to is that of Demeter who was for the Greeks the goddess of corn and the harvest. When her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, god of the underworld, Demeter's grief was so great that she neglected the land; no plants grew, and famine devastated the earth. Dismayed at this situation, Zeus, the ruler of the universe, demanded that..."

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