Character Analysis Tiresias May 31, 2010

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The Transformation of Tiresias by Mathew Mokler May 31, 2010 In book 3 of Ovid’s masterpiece, Metamorphoses, a character of specific concern to the Roman ages is mentioned. The man’s name is Tiresias and he was considered to be the greatest prophet of classical myth and literature (Longmans Vol. A pg 1218 footnote 2). In this particular portion of the story, book 3 lines 10-24, Ovid is illustrating just how exactly Tiresias became blind. As a result of his blindness he gained the ability to see the future (Longmans Vol. A, Metamorphoses book 3). How Tiresias becomes blind is not exactly scientific, but rather a curse from Juno a cruel and savage goddess (Longmans Vol. A, Metamorphoses book 3). This excerpt will be examined to explore many different views in terms of justice. The legend of Tiresias states that he once had been a man and a woman at one point of his life, “he knew both sides of love” (Longmans Vol. A, Metamorphoses book 3). This is the first step in Tiresias’ fate in becoming blind. The story states that Tiresias once was a man who
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