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Unformatted text preview: Ovid’s Metamorphoses 1. Apollo and Daphne a. By Apollo bragging to Cupid about how his bow skills were superior, Cupid spites him by shooting Daphne with an arrow of rejection and Apollo with an arrow of love b. Apollo boasts to Daphne about who he is, but she still runs in fear. Apollo pursues her with determination. i. “both the hunter and the hunted race… one to catch, one to escape” ii. “While he is swift because of hope, what urges her is fear. But love has given wings to the pursuer; he’s faster – and his pace will not relent.” c. She begs her father to help her and change her form, so he changes her into a laurel tree. Daphne means “laurel” in Greek. d. Apollo still loves her even though she is now a tree i. “Apollo loves her still; he leans against the trunk; he feels the heart that beats beneath the new-made bark; within his arms he clasps the branches as if they were human limbs; and his lips kiss the wood, but it still shrinks from his embrace.” e. Apollo tells Daphne that a wreathe of laurel will become an honorable object i. “O laurel, I shall always wear you leaves to wreathe my hair, my lyre, and my quiver” ii. “When Roman chieftains crown their heads with garlands we chants of gladness greet their victory, you will be there” 2. Io and Jove a. All the streams come to comfort Daphne’s father over his loss except for Inachus b. Inachus is mourning over the disappearance of Io, his daughter i. “in his heart his fears foresaw things devious and dark” c. Io comes across Jove, who tells her to go into the forest to seek cover from the sun. He tells her that he is a god (Jupiter) and she will be safe, yet he rapes her. i. “I am he who hurls the roaming thunderbolts. So do not flee!” ii. “Then with a veil of heavy fog, the god concealed a vast expanse of land; Jove stopped her flight; he raped chaste Io.” d. Juno (his wife), knowing Jove sneaks around a lot, looks for him in the heavens and then down on earth....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ENGL 2332 taught by Professor Leavey during the Fall '07 term at Collin College.
- Fall '07
- World Literature