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  • Identity In Ovid's Metamorphosis

    The 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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  • Phaedrus, Ovid's Metamorphoses And Paradise Lost: Character Analysis

    In 1760, Oliver Goldsmith wrote, “Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” In other words, Goldsmith argues a person must make a mistake to know how to correct and accomplish a worthwhile task. When considering a person’s desires, a person might indulge in a desire due to the lack of understanding on how to refrain properly from such a temptation. Once he or she gives into a desire, the person can fully see the consequences and adjust his or her wrongful…

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  • Consequences In The Rape Of Proserpina

    Everyone makes decisions and every decision has a consequence. A consequence is the aftermath of a choice. Consequences could be good, bad, or a little in between. These consequences happen because people are often affected by an others decisions. This causes others to take out their emotions on someone else. In the myth “The Rape of Proserpina”, Proserpina is raped and her mother, Ceres, hears about it and takes out her anger on Earth. In the next myth “Erysichthon”, Erysichthon decides to cut…

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  • Symbolism In Willa Cather's O Pioneers !

    Ovid tells a tale regarding the color of mulberrys (white when young, red when fully ripe.) Initially always white, two lovers meet an ill fate under a mulberry tree, their blood staining the white mulberries red, thus being Ovid’s explanation for the changing fruit color. Emil and Marie undoubtedly reflect this old tale. The aptly named section, “The White Mulberry Tree,” is a clear homage to Ovid and is revealing to Emil and Marie’s nature. If someone possesses prior knowledge of Ovid when…

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  • The Story Of Utnapishtim And The Great Flood

    diminished (Ovid 1.15). The two survivors asked the gods for help and were able to repopulate the earth. However, their repopulation of the earth is much different than the ways told in the first two stories: They were told to cover their heads, loosen their clothes, and throw stones behind them—which turned into humans (Ovid 1.17). In this story, no animals were saved; the earth spontaneously created animal life forms, and eventually nature, when heat and moisture mixed and conceived (Ovid…

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  • Feminism In Christine De Pizan's The City Of Ladies

    than anything in life. Christine de Pizan, fights to change these much too standard views of women in her book, The City of Ladies. In one particular part of the story, Christine de Pizan questions Lady Reason asking why so many great authors such as Ovid, “who is considered to be the greatest of all poets”(Christine de Pizan, Book 1, 20) for their time, made so many derogatory terms regarding all women in his writings. Christine de Pizan is using this story to express her opinion on the…

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  • The Greek Explanation Of The Parthenon Of Athena And Poseidon

    Some may say that this is an act of disrespect, but that is simply false. The Parthenon does show Jove in a sculpture of the birth of Athena on the east pediment of the building, which is actually the front of the building. The fact is that the Parthenon was built to honor Athens’ patron goddess: Athena. The west pediment of the building is an aetion for how Athens got its name: Athena named it after herself after winning the contest. The sculpture, which was created long after this original…

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  • Salvation In Dante's Inferno

    In many places in his Inferno, the reason for Dante the poet’s placement of certain souls is murky at best. Nowhere is this problem so compounded as in Canto IV, where Dante the pilgrim meets the souls in Limbo. Dante the poet’s choice of whom to include among the “virtuous pagans” seems inconsistent and his removal of the pre-Christian monotheists from Limbo leaves questions about what it means, in his mind, to believe in God and to live a righteous life by His laws and the rules of the church,…

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  • Free Will In Ovid's Metamorphose

    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”, “undās”, and “illāc”, conveying how the present time is not controlled by a higher god, leading to the amount of disorder in life that allows one to choose their own destiny (Ovid). While at first glance this seems…

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  • The Tempest Adaptation

    Ovid writes that “Whatever the gods determine is fulfilled” (Ovid 78). In the play, Prospero invites Juno, Ceres, and Iris to bless Ferdinand and Miranda marriage. If the gods and goddesses bless them with honor, riches, love, etc. than positive things will occur in their marriage. However, Ovid states that people “make the gods too great” In the play, Eshu is that so called bad god. He talks about…

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