That is only one version of the Persphone
myth. There is an earlier version of the myth that has no male presence
In the earlier version of the Persephone/Demeter myth, Persephone voluntarily descended into the Underworld to care for and bring order to all the souls residing there. Demeter mourned the loss of her daughter for 6 months (winter time) until Persephone felt she had accomplished enough and could return to visit her mother, though she would always return to the Underworld to care for the deceased souls.
In this version of the myth, the story focused more on Persephone's coming of age; making a monumental decision on her own and against her mother's wishes and the returning to see her mother an older and wiser person. (Or goddess, as the case may be.)