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The first thing that comes to mind when I see the word metamorphosis is the old episodes of The Power Rangers In this action packed television mini-series five teenagers have the ability to transform into superheroes when danger strikes Like the power rangers a number of characters of Ovids Metamorphoses undergo a physical transformation A metamorphosis is formally defined as a transformation marked by a change in appearance character condition or function as by magic or sorcery Considering this definition what is Ovids purpose for using the theme of metamorphosis In this interesting and imaginative epic Ovid tells the tales of several characters each involving a metamorphosis A metamorphosis is an incredible and unexplainable event It is a phenomenon Thus Ovid uses this phenomenon to emphasize the interesting or even beautiful qualities of humankind and of the world The metamorphoses in Metamorphoses function as a factor that affects the epics main aspects such as its narrative technique This presents a different and far more original kind of unity which is not simply the result of tying several stories together The metamorphoses in Ovids epic exaggerate the results of natural human nature or the natural order of the world For instance in the story of Apollo and Daphne the reader may imagine the cartoon episodes of the coyote and the roadrunner Apollos love for Daphne leads him to pursue her Bringing the pursuit to an end her metamorphosis into a tree serves as Daphnes means of escape In agreement in Greek myths a particular tree was the symbol of victory in athletic contests or in war Another example is the tale of Io and Jove Jove husband of Hera is caught with another woman Io Conveniently Io is transformed into a white heifer disguised in hiding from Hera In another story after his death the blood of a young man is transformed into a flower The young girl Venus is madly in love with the
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