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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 resolve the tension between who they are and what they want, the gods intervene in the characters’ lives. The gods attempt to fulfill the characters’ desires by transforming the characters’ bodies into shapes that are better suited to the desires they hold. I will argue that the human forms and social constructs prevent the complete fulfillment of desire. Consequently, the fates of the daughters of Minyas and the characters in their stories are not punishments, but in fact are rewards. I will prove this assertion by comparing the human form with the forms the characters undertake after their transformation. Salmacis’ and Clythie’s bodies prevented their desire to be with their beloved forever from being fulfilled. First, Salmacis’ obsession with the beautiful Hermaphroditus leads her to “plea [that] no day dawn that sunders him” from her, despite his obvious rejections (124). Because she and Hermaphroditus have separate bodies, she will, in some way, always be separate from her…

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  • The Role Of Pain In Ovid's Metamorphoses '

    Females Feeling More Pain As I was reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the stories “Narcissus and Echo” and “Pyramus and Thisbe” stood out to me the most. The stories brought me to a time of my life that was very dark. I went to my best friend’s house one day, and told me that she was in love with an ex-boyfriend of mine, who happen to be her neighbor. She was going to ask him out as soon as he comes out of his house. She looked so happy, but I knew this guy and I did not want to see her hurt. Before…

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  • Relationships In A Midsummer's Night Dream

    One thing in common between the three, is love makes fools of them all. Each woman goes against a masculine figure in their tale, whether it be written out or implied. Titania has a changeling child, whom she loves dearly and is raising in place of its dead mother; her friend. Oberon, her husband, demands she give him the child. Being a stubborn personality, she refuses. Hermia rejects her father, Egeus’s, will for her to marry Demetrius. She even refuses to go through the Duke of Athens,…

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  • Tamburlaine's Apocalyptic Revelations In Macbeth

    Babylon was mentioned by the Scythian as being one among many conquests, but Marlowe presents it as the most important and epic conquest. He refers to the mythic site - what the governor calls this eternised city Babylon. (p.124) Babylon was supposed to be the location of the Tower of Babel, symbolizing human power and arrogance, is suggested in Tamburlaine’s image of “stately buildings” and “lofty pillars, higher than the clouds.” (p.123) Tamburlaine, by invoking “Belus, Ninus, and great…

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  • Compare And Contrast Pyramus And Hebe

    set their eyes on each other. When Romeo sees Juliet at the Capulet’s party, he states, “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! / For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (1. 5. 50-51). The rest of Romeo’s speech, along with this excerpt, is written in rhyming couplets which creates emphasis on the fact that Romeo is awestruck by Juliet’s beauty, which leads to his willingness to do anything for her. On the other hand, Pyramus and Thisbe live next to each other and talk through a…

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  • Conventions In A Midsummer Night's Dream

    that.” (3.1.126-127). It is ironic that Titania’s sense of her “enamored” ass is inconsistent with the reality, which is not simply that the power of the love juice shapes her sense, but suggesting deeper meaning that is being pointed out by Bottom: Titania has “little reason” to fall in love with him at the first sight, she is over-relying the power of imagination influenced by love juice, instead of her own judgement. This idea, which is given by Bottom’s speech, run through the whole play,…

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