- Nov 29, 2020
What elements of the Persephone/Hades relationship do you see in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if any?
Death/Rebirth works (literally and figuratively) and I suppose the light/dark binary of S6/7 maps onto it particularly since S7 disturbs the opposition and so kinda mirrors the fact Persephone is a creature of both light and dark (as figured in Touched). But, generally, I find it easier (and more useful) to think structurally rather than mythically. That's not a criticism of the question - just that my mind seems to prefer form over content (form's neater and I think in shapes). Dawn/Sweet is probably a direct reference.What elements of the Persephone/Hades relationship do you see in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if any?
Tara Ma-clay = Terra = Gaia. IIRC, Demeter (Goddess of the Harvest?) is a variant of the earth mother. In Lessons Willow says she's learning about Gaia from the Coven. I agree with the Tara parallel (in fact, I'd be lost without it).Much later, Buffy dies herself but is returned to earth by Willow. Though I think Tara is a better model for the earth goddess symbolism, I believe there is a Demeter component here.
He starts by suggesting she try his world (which at that stage seems to be Willie's or anywhere else that serves drink 🙄). She initially goes to him...in OMWF he makes a point of saying "The sun sets and she appears"; the implication being, it's a frequent occurrence (which is why he asks her to leave him in peace). Buffy S6 isn't entirely comfortable in the light; she flinches at bright street lights in Bargaining (kinda understandable) and, in After Life complains "Everything here is ... hard, and bright, and violent". Point: she's not entirely at home in the light...she seeks out the dark for various reasons: some positive, some not (there's an Eros/Thanatos, creative/destructive thing going on). It's only with SR (very brightly lit) that Spuffy is totally negative (Clem: "Come on now, Mr. Negative. You never know what's just around the corner. Things change") and the situation totally black/white (there are all sorts of binarisms activated here).Very much later, Spike and Buffy seem to have a Hades/Persephone relationship. He is always tempting her to the darkness, and of course there is the controversial Seeing Red episode.
I think I'd agree with this.I was thinking of Buffy and her obsession with vampire lovers, making her both of the light and dark, innocent and grim, mortal and (especially mixed with her Slayer quality) supernatural.