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    In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the story of Apollo and Daphne exhibits a strong sense of control, power, and dominance. There is a division of power distinguished between Apollo and Cupid, as well as between Apollo and Daphne. This is expressed many times through the alliteration, catalogues, and metaphors used throughout the text, as well as in the symbolism that occurs in this story. ALLITERTION While Apollo is calling out to Daphne, he uses catalogues in an effort to convince her of who he is, and who he is not. He challenges her to “ask [herself] who finds [her] so attractive” and goes on to tell her himself (l. 707). Apollo begins by affirming that he is not a caveman, nor is he a shepherd boy (l. 708). He continues to tell Daphne who he…

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    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…

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    Ovid’s human characters in the Metamorphoses fervently revered their gods. These people held rites of worship and festivals for their divine superiors to prove their piety. To comment on the relationship between the human and the divine, Ovid’s narrator in the Metamorphoses offers a valuable note of caution in response to the tragic episode between the talented mortal Arachne and the goddess Minerva: “do not compete with gods, and do not boast” (183). The gods acknowledge their lofty position…

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    Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Aesop’s Fables These last two weeks consisted of two significant aspects of Literature and also my favorite so far. Firstly, we were assigned one or two fables to analyze and relate to, I was lucky to be assigned two fables. I had to present the following fables: the ant and the cricket, and the boy who cried “wolf”. These fables were very amusing and short, I never heard of the ant and the cricket, but once I read it I understood and related to the fable. The ant and…

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    In The Metamorphoses of Ovid, Book three; we are introduced to Narcissus and Echo. In the story, that takes place sometime in ancient Greece, we are shown transformations between both Narcissus and Echo. The Story of Echo and Narcissus suggest that the nature of desire is almost impossible to be fulfilled. No matter how much one may have, there’s always a need for something one cannot get. The book of Echo and Narcissus is about undergoing a transformation. We are introduced to Echo and…

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    recalls the episode in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, in which Actaeon accidentally stumbles upon the goddess Diana naked in the woods during a hunting trip, and she metamorphoses him into a deer; therefore, his hunting dogs devour him (Ovid 55). “Diana and Actaeon” is a very well known episode from the Metamorphoses; it is where Ovid first delves into a discussion of whether the gods are just in their punishments towards mortals. Perhaps for this reason, “Diana and Actaeon” has inspired numerous visual…

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    Tragedy doesn’t always have to lack aspects of gore or blood that make peoples’ stomachs turn. In fact, some tragedies may have a lot of horror to them to what may happen to a person; however, when a horrific tragedy occurs to someone close to a person, then that person may be driven to seek a terrible and bitter revenge in honor of the other person. In the years between the late 1580s and early 1590s William Shakespeare wrote his first tragedy, which can now even be a horror story. The story by…

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    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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    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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    (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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