CLAS 221 - CLAS 221 M,W,F(12-12:50 1st Essay Question#2...

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CLAS 221 Stephanie Lopez-Ramirez M,W,F (12-12:50) 3/5/08 1 st Essay- Question #2 There are many examples of the theme of erotic love versus familial love throughout Ovid’s Metamorphoses. This concept describes the struggle a character deals when trying to decide between the lust they have for a lover and their familial bonds. In Ovid’s world it is usually the short-lived erotic feelings that are favored and overpowers that family connection ones had for a lifetime. After erotic love has prevailed as triumphant the character at hand is punished by some means. This is especially true in the case of Medea, Scylla, and Byblis. Each of these women betrays their very own family all in the name of lust. Medea is faced with the decision of abandoning her family or running away with Jason, who she believes she is in love with. After an inner dialogue, which is a common aspect of this theme, “What now? Shall I sail away on the wind and abandon my father…” (7.51), she convinces herself she will gain kleos by helping
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CLAS 221 - CLAS 221 M,W,F(12-12:50 1st Essay Question#2...

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