Metamorphosis Reflection

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Affection is not always beautiful or ideal. Throughout the Metamorphosis by Ovid there were many examples of treacherous “love” stories. However, could these actions be considered love? During his time in the Roman Empire, Ovid wrote many controversial pieces that uprooted questions about the respectfulness of the topics at hand. His writings traditionally provided deep thought for moral reflection. Within this book, there are many acts of affection that are brutal such as cutting out tongues and tying women down to rape or capture them. There is also a lot of betrayal within families such as scalping a father or plotting against them to win the heart of the person they love. Including the brutality and betrayal, there was a lot of socially unacceptable affectionate encounters happening intermixed about this book. Therefore, affection can be brutal, lead to betrayal, and occasionally not be socially acceptable. Many aspects of …show more content…
Scylla introduced the meaning of true betrayal when she deceived her father to entice Minos. The one asset that Scylla stole from her dad was the determining trait that helped him rule his kingdom and escape death. As Scylla knows her father’s weakness, she aims to obey the quest her new founded love has given to her, “...when Slumber finds its way into the heart exhausted by its daily round, the daughter slips silently into her father’s chambers and robs him of his fated lock of hair.” When the king falls asleep it is her job to clip the piece of hair from his head. What Ovid means by robbing him is that his magical piece of hair is what keeps him in power and makes him able to be safe from his enemies, and by taking that from him she is robbing him of not only his hair but most likely his life. Also, his “fated” lock of hair describes how that piece of hair determines whether or not he will live the next day without

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