Analysis Of The Book ' Metamorphoses ' By Ovid Essay

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Ovid, one of Rome’s greatest poets, predicted that his fame would live on forever. So far, his prediction has proven accurate. In “Metamorphoses” Ovid depicts an unfavorable opinion of humanity in a way in which he almost see’s himself as separate from humanity. Ovid’s view of human nature is that it is innocent and predictable. As though it is the behavior of children. As the title suggests, Metamorphoses is a view of transformations of many kinds, from the obvious to the imprecise. The introduction to the book by ovid features two myths about the creation of the world. He writes “My intention is to tell of bodies changed, to different forms; the gods, who made the changes, will help me – or I hope so – with a poem that runs from the worlds beginning to our own days”. In the creation story Ovid tells the story of how the world was in the beginning, perfect in its impurity, touched only by the gods. Until humans began to develop new things, houses, weapons, and greed. He talks of how the world is tarnished by humans. This would suggest he has an unfavourable view of human nature because he believes they ruined a once perfect world.

Another theme of human nature that Ovid views is love. Love is most often described as the true driving force behind the transformations in Metamorphoses. Ovid discusses love through the many stories he tells however the reoccurring theme is that love, despite its glory, often comes with despair and anguish. And that this has monumental effects…

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