Metamorphoses

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  • Theme Of Lust In Metamorphoses

    Metamorphoses is a narrative poem written by the Roman poet Ovid in the early first century BCE. The book focuses on the creation of the world and is based upon Roman myths and legends. Throughout the poem, many different types of lust are described within the myths. These varieties of lust include the craving for revenge, the longing for possessions, and the sexual desire for a person. The yearning for revenge is one of the driving parts of the book and is found multiple times, including Juno’s revenge on Io and Procne’s retaliation towards Tereus. Another variety is the hunger for power and possessions, demonstrated in Ajax and Ulysses’s arguments for the Armor of Achilles. The libido for a person is seen in the stories of Echo and…

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  • Identity In Ovid's Metamorphosis

    body is a form of art that extrapolates ones identity. It is through the identity of the body, that the society dictates the treatment of individuals. Ovid declares in his opening statement of the Metamorphoses, “to tell of bodies changed into new forms.” The body is consistently changing or shape-shifting, like the Greek characters, thus changing ones identity. And with the change of identity come the change of treatment of the self. Ovid’s proposition in his Metamorphoses, In the Flesh by…

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  • Similarities Between Ovid And Lastman's Interpretation Of The Story Of Io

    Same Source, Different Stories: A Comparison of Ovid and Lastman’s Interpretations of the Story of Io Roman mythology is rich with stories of heroism and morality, but another common theme is the tumultuous relationship between Gods and Goddesses. This phenomenon is clearly seen in the myth of Io. The most widely known account of the story of Io was written by Roman poet Ovid in 8AD as one of nearly 250 myths in his poem The Metamorphoses. Jupiter, the chief deity, sees the beautiful nymph Io…

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  • The Objectification Of Women In Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus

    (3.1.1220-21). If indeed the women and men in the audience could be confronted by Titus and Marcus’ absurdity, Shakespeare’s purpose to awaken his audience is successful. Shakespeare is far from done challenging his audience, as the play advances he wants to tell his audience they should not live as slaves of their prejudice. Women can have a voice and will exercise their independence if allowed. Although after her tongue is cut off we no longer hear Lavinia’s speech, her presence still defies…

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  • Homosexuality In Ovid's Metamorphoses

    Homosexuality was a term that was created by German psychologist, Karl-Maria Benkert in the late 19th century (Pickett, 2015). Ovid was a Roman poet that focused on various Greek myths for a Roman audience, which included homosexuality, as a part of his major work, Metamorphoses. The idea of same-sex attraction and other types of sexuality were seen in many ancient civilizations, but with no concrete term to describe the relationships. Homosexuality was seen more, and more widely excepted, in…

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  • Animals In Ovid's Metamorphoses

    Ovid begins his book Metamorphoses with the creation of earth. The world began with a single element called Chaos, it was found throughout the land until the gods created light and order. With the new earth came the creation of plants, animals, and the human race. However, the gods soon realized the ruin that came with each human. The gods summoned the great flood, which was a fresh start for the earth and its inhabitants. The gods spared all the animals and two humans to repopulate the earth.…

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  • Free Will In Ovid's Metamorphose

    As set within a larger epic, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and also mirrored in Ars Amatoria, “Icarus’” structure conveys a Roman focus on present experiences, using the flight of Icarus to support the idea of flight as a semblance of free will within the present (Ovid). As the poem takes place within an epic, structurally, it brings attention to that there is a significant amount of history both before and after it. The piece does not rhyme, with the first four lines ending in “perōsus”, “amōre”,…

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  • Transformations In The Bacchae And The Metamorphoses

    Throughout Greek literature, the gods dictate everything; from stirring a body of water to sink a ship to transforming people into inanimate objects and sometimes animals, the gods don’t feel the need to completely destroy their humans when their behavior is not up to par with the gods expectations. The use of transformations rather than destruction becomes particularly evident in The Bacchae and The Metamorphoses. In The Metamorphoses, there are several instances in the lives of the characters…

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  • Ovid's Metamorphoses Analysis

    Gods of Metamorphoses: Orderly Regulators or Brutal Predators? Ovid’s ever-present theme of change in Metamorphoses is reflected often in the reader’s fluctuating perception of the gods throughout the epic. Two perspectives of the gods are presented in the weavings made by Minerva and Arachne in Book VI; Minerva weaves a symmetrical, balanced portrayal that praises the gods and the order they believe they represent in their power to punish humans, while Arachne’s finished product portrays…

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  • Desire In The Metamorphoses Of Ovid

    In The Metamorphoses of Ovid, Ovid interprets etiological myths focusing on desires’ impact on the human form. I will focus on the daughters of Minyas and the stories they tell during this essay. All of the characters in these passages have a desire that cannot be fulfilled because their human form or human social conventions place limitations on them. Refusing to live with their desires unfulfilled, the characters’ attempt to push the limits, but are always met with resistance. Unable to…

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