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Sexual Ideals as seen in Ovid's Metamorphosis

The stories in Ovid’s Metamorphosis explore many elements of human nature, including love and sexuality. Many of the myths involve a god falling in love with a girl, as Zeus does with Io (pg. 21). They may also involve a girl not wanting anything to do with love in any way, idolizing Diana, Goddess of the Maidens. There are many sides to love and sexuality in the book. Metamorphosis explores ancient Roman and Greek ideals about individuals, the way that love was perceived, and how the people of that time saw gender as pertaining to love. Many of the stories imply that women had no say in sexual encounters; it was always up to the man what happened. Many times, in fact, the women were forced into sexual situations that they wanted no part in. Ovid divides his book up in several different ways. He changes from gods hurting human, to humans hurting humans, to humans becoming gods. He also divides it up in that the first sections were about gods in love, then he moves on to gods avenging themselves and others, and then to the pathos of love, and finally to the history of Rome. In dividing the book up in these ways he helps to show the importance of individuals as compared to gods or the creation of their city. For example the gods lives are more important than that of the humans and the founding of Rome more important than individuality since the part about founding Rome was at the end. The end of a book is always the part that sticks out most in a person’s mind. In many cases individuals are faced with challenges and obstacles that they must try to overcome. For example Echo loves Narcissus desperately, yet he wants nothing to do with her. He even goes as far as to say “keep your hands off, and do not touch me!/ I would die before I give you a chance at me… (pg. 69).” Echo replies only with “I give you a chance at me… (pg. 69).” The fact that Echo can only repeat what her love says, as well as what others say...

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