The Metamorphoses's Lesson Essay

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During Antiquity, what could explain the mystery of Earth? No one could explain its creation, and reason of some animals and other elements formation. The author Ovid in the book Metamorphoses uses the God’s myth to explain how the world was created, and explain the meaning of life or the creation of certain animals or plants. Ovid also uses those myths to teach us lessons, which is the main meaning of his myths. All the myths have a very specific ending. Ovid wrote those myth to show us what we should achieve and not accomplish, he is like the master in Tao Te Ching, and his tying to teach us, to be better in what we are doing, by showing the punishments the character had to deal with. The three myths that teach us the most are the Minerva and Arachne myth, the Daedalus and Icarus myth and the myth of Thisbe and Pyramus. In the myth of Minerva and Arachne the lesson is that we should never be to confident and to be respectful to higher-class people. In the Daedalus and Icarus myth, Icarus had over excitement, it made him forget his father’s advices, and in the myth of Thisbe and Pyramus, the myth shows us that we should never take decision to quick and we should always think before acting. Those three myths have a lot in common, they all finish tragically, and the characters are punished or transformed to teach us the creation of some animals or elements.
In the Minerva and Arachne myth, Ovid teaches each a lesson by writing a story on how overconfidence can ruin us. He writes in book 6 about the god Minerva, the god of wisdom and art. In this book Minerva will have a weaving battle against Arachne because of her overconfidence. Arachne did not show any respect to the gods, Arachne even decided to have a contest against Minerva, but Minerva refused and went on earth as a old person to tell that she should pray for Minerva and make excuses. Arachne refused and responded by saying, “I have sufficient knowledge for myself in myself, and do not imagine that thou hast availed anything by thy advice; my opinion is still the same. Why does not she come herself? why does she decline this contest?"(190). This quote shows us how disrespectful Arachne is, in her opinion she is better than Minerva, and have sufficient knowledge to make excuses to Minerva. Minerva gave her a chance to make excuses but, entered in a full rage hearing the absurdity of Arachne in how she is better than the gods, and decided to battle Arachne to show her she should have never disrespect the god, but also to show her that her confidence was not being a quality but an inconvenient. At the end of the battle Minerva transform Arachne into a spider so that she will have weave to catch food. This myth explains to us how spiders were created and why they make webs. But the most important is the lesson, confidence is not an inconvenient but we should never be to confidant, this myth shows us what happen to arrogant people like Arachne. Gods are too strong to be disrespected, that are...

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