What type of women is Sedna?  What are two adjectives from the myth to support her description?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would suggest that we can use descriptors to articulate Sedna's predicament.  One adjective I think that we can use, regardless of which version of the narrative is used, is forlorn.  She is forlorn when she clings to the side of the boat, only to have her father cut off her hands so that she slides into the water.  When in the water, she is forlorn, cut adrift from everyone as she protects the underworld.  The particular version of the myth when she needs to be placated by someone combing her hair reveals her forlorn condition.  I think that another adjective that we can use to describe Sedna is disfigured.  The most literal take on this would be her severed hands/ fingers as a part of this.  Yet, in another sense, Sedna is disfigured because of the betrayal she suffers in most versions of the narrative.  The betrayal of a father, the betrayal of an intended, and the betrayal at not being to experience what others do are all a part of this.  Her disfigurement is why she ends up protecting and being the guardian of the underworld, a realm where disfigurement is a portion of the reality within it.  In forlorn and disfigured, two adjectives about Sedna emerge.

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