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Damsel In Distress:
Myths And Religion
This is Older Than Feudalism, dating back at least to the Greek myth of Perseus and Andromeda.
The story of Hesione and Heracles is very similar to that of Perseus and Andromeda. However, Deianeira, another woman in Heracles' adventurous life, subverts it by taking matters in her hands shortly after the rescue.
Eurydice is in a classic Distressed Damsel situation. Unfortunately, Orpheus does not come up to expectations.
Subverted with Helen of Troy, who is anything but innocent in what happens to her.
In , Sita is a crown example.
Ramayana In Celtic mythology ( ), Branwen finds herself in this position. Subverted with Deirdre, who voluntarily put herself in the situation which was considered as distress by her fiance.