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The Inconsistent Behaviors of the Gods
A look at the gods' inconsistent behaviors in Book 1 of Ovid's "Metamorphosis."
# 139611 | 1,000 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (Mythology)

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This paper describes the ways in which the gods' behaviors and attitudes change within Book 1 of Ovid's "Metamorphosis." The focus is on the gods' inconsistencies and wide-ranging emotions and actions, with a lasting thread of selfishness at the heart of the gods' choices. The king of the gods, Jove, and one of his sons, Apollo, are considered here.

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"As Ovid describes them in his Metamorphosis, the gods move through cycles of love and wrath. One trait is constant, however, throughout this text: the selfishness of the gods. Initially, through the story of "Creation" and "The Flood," the emotions of the gods range from benign indifference to immense fury. Later in the text, in contrast, in the multiple stories that follow the prelude in Book One of Metamorphosis, the love that spurs the gods' actions is a physical love, or lust, based on the desire of a male god for a female figure. This desire can be mixed with anger itself,..."

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