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  • Analysis Of Bonheur De Vivre

    figures from harm; Artemis uses Apollo’s mastery of music against him and his contemporaries, using the viewer’s knowledge of her mythos specifically to bring attention to the notion of the lounging figures’ protector—as Artemis plays the protector in Bonheur de Vivre. Whether she protects as a figure within the painting or she protects exclusively through a viewer’s ability to connect her myth to the myths presented in the images is up for debate. Arguably, the myth of Apollo and Daphne most easily presents itself for interpretation within Bonheur de Vivre. Daphne followed after Artemis’ rejection of suitors and instead found love in exploring the forest. Apollo’s continued romantic advances meant Daphne called upon her father, the river god Peneus, to change her form into something that would keep Apollo away—a Laurel tree. The dense, multi-colored forest that surrounds Matisse’s figures, especially with their soft, curved trunks that echo the curves of the women below them, recalls the myth of woman becoming a tree. The trees that enclave the joyous figures in Bonheur de Vivre quite possibly then represent past conquests of Apollo, all turned into trees in order to spurn his lecherous advances. As the trees imitate the figures, it would only be natural for a viewer to then look for human traits within their boughs. The sexual connotation of the painting must not be overlooked, especially as there are two figures in close sexual contact in the bottom right of the painting…

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  • An Analysis Of Ovid's Metamorphoses

    the core dynamic for western literature. For example, book one is about the first creation, second creation as well the interaction between mythological figures, including Apollo and his lover Daphne. The god of love, Cupid, intervenes with Apollo’s love life with outrage, “and from his quiver drew two arrows out which operated at cross-purposes, for one engendered flight, the other, love” (650-651). Cupid struck Apollo with his first arrow causing him to fall in love with Daphne. The second…

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  • Love In The Odyssey

    In the story, it said, “Daphne flew on, even more frightened than before. If Apollo was indeed following her, the case was hopeless, but she was determined to struggle until the very end” (p 120 Daphne). The fact that she was so desperate to escape means that she truly wants to have nothing to do with love and be by herself. Because of the way she feels, she goes as far as to ask her father, Peneus, the river god, to help her. Peneus heard Daphne’s plea and turned her into a Laurel tree. Despite…

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  • Comparing Ovid's Apollo And Daphne

    She is running from him, just as animals run from their enemy while Apollo pleads that he loves her, thus cannot be an enemy. “Wretched that I am: I’m fearful that you’ll fall, brambles will tear your flesh because of me!” He insists that she slows down, afraid that she might fall, yet he does not stop chasing her. Apollo goes on to brag of his many talents, until finally he stops talking and begins to run faster, “He in hope and she in terror race.” Finally Daphne sees her father Peneus and she…

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  • Comparing Daphne And Apollo And The Rape Of Proserpine

    superior state; And from that ignorance proceeds thy hate” (Dryden). In this line Apollo believes and insinuates that Daphne should be proud that she is lusted after by a god and thus give up her virginity; he thinks he is worthier than a mortal man. Apollo is arrogant and entitled. However, Daphne refuses and begs to be turned into a laurel by the river god, who also happens to be her father, Peneus, in efforts to save herself from Apollo’s raging infatuation (Dryden). As Apollo attempts to…

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  • Ovid's Metamorphoses

    I'm in Love With a Tree? Ovid's Metamorphoses, contain light-hearted popular stories that have been providing people enjoyment since its circulation! Metamorphoses is the conglomeration of over two hundred tales written in the form of a lengthy poem. In these tales legendary gods and people, during the Romanian times, are seen magically shape-shifting/transforming into nature-like objects. The million dollar question here is whether it is possible to fall in love with an object. When it comes…

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  • Apollo: Cupid, The Greek God

    god of love got very offended when Apollo made fun of his arrows because to Apollo they were tiny and didn’t look like could do any harm. So Cupid went to the top of Mount Parnassus and sat there and waited. As he saw Daphne, he shot on of his arrows at her, not harming her, and this made her very afraid. So she started running away out of fear. After that, Cupid pointed his arrow at Apollo making him fall in love with whomever he laid his eyes on. So, as Daphne was running away in fear, the…

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  • Analysis Of Edna St. Vincent Millay

    unbearable. Time does have a way of soothing the pain away, and although indirectly shown, the narrator’s forgetfulness of names symbolizes her descending sadness. She does not think happiness will return to her, “I only know that summer sang in me a little while, that in me sings no more,” but her actions of life show differently; and her pleasure is exactly that. Pleasure, not something required for life. “The rain is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh,” is also an example of imagery.…

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  • Relationship Between Apollo And Greek Gods

    Therefore Apollo was a part of many relationships with both men and women. One of the most famous relationships that Apollo was in was the one where he falls deeply in love with Daphne a nymph. The story starts with Apollo bragging to Eros about how skilled he was in archery, Eros got annoyed at Apollo so he shot him with an arrow of gold to stimulate love but he also shot Daphne with an arrow of lead to stimulate hatred. Apollo fell in love with Daphne but Daphne was not interested in him.…

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  • Ovidius Naso Analysis

    elements that were in chaos. This quotation foreshadows how lust is capable of luring others to sin. It is portrayed as Jove makes himself into something that he is not, to get Europa to go with him against her will. This quote illustrates how passionately Venus grieves for Adonis. The love she feels is deep and pure, just like the soil and fresh flower that has sprang from the soil. Characters Name Role in the story Significance Adjectives Jupiter -King of the gods -The god of sky…

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