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The World of Ovid's Metamorphoses$
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Joseph B. Solodow

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780807854341

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469616490_Solodow

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(p.157) Chapter Five Metamorphosis
The World of Ovid's Metamorphoses

Joseph B. Solodow

University of North Carolina Press

The chapter examines how the concept of metamorphosis has been used without making any sense or determining the morality of the two narratives in Ovid's poem. The poet has used the term only to compare the elements and the chain of events that unfold throughout the narrative. The narrator has failed to describe how metamorphosis determines the sequence of events that unfold in the poem, rather than human behavior. The narrator has been unable to derive any meaningful conclusion from the metamorphosis or transformation of the chain of events that unfold throughout the narrative. The narrator has also failed to understand that metamorphosis and morality are antonyms. Metamorphosis only describes human sentiments and behavior superficially, while morality passes judgment on both. The chapter also finds that the narrator has failed to understand that metamorphosis can only be better understood in the absence of morality.

Keywords:   metamorphosis, morality, narrative, antonym, human sentiment

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