Metamorphoses And The Bacchae Analysis

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In both the Metamorphoses and The Bacchae, there is an emphasis on the relationship between god and man. First, in the Metamorphoses, each story describes a transformation. In many of the stories, the gods are involved in the transformations of humans to animals as the result of an obstruction of power between the two (Ovid 194). Likewise, The Bacchae also exhibits physical transformations as one of its main themes. Again, this involves the power of a god being inserted over humans (Euripides 56). In each case, the gods use their power to control the humans to make them do whatever the gods desire. Overall, the gods treat the humans as beasts as a way to further their own sense of status. In the Metamorphoses, the gods transformed humans into beasts multiple times to heighten their own egos. For example, in the story “Arachne,” Arachne was transformed into a spider because she challenged Athena to a weaving contest (Ovid 194-195). Even though Arachne won the contest, Athena undoubtedly wanted to assert her dominance over the human, and so she transformed Arachne into an animal. Athena’s intent was clear when she said, “Though you will hang, you must indeed live on, you wicked child: so that your future will be no less fearful than you present is, may the same punishment remain in place for you and yours forever!” (Ovid 194). Basically, Athena was using Arachne as an example to the rest of humankind that gods are superior to humans, and challenging them will always result

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