Analysis Of ' The Mistress Of The Sky '

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Ovid’s Metamorphoses tells of many myths about the Greek and Roman gods and people and creatures they encountered. The lives of all parties were not always the most pleasing somewhat because of the god and goddess’ response to wrongdoing done to them. Hera a figure throughout book three has numerous transgressions committed against her. However, she does not just settle for being devastated by such acts, but decides to take matters into her own hands. Through the goddess Hera readers can see that the theme of book three in Ovid’s Metamorphoses could be: anger cannot only effect the scorned, but can cause negative consequences for others, too. Zeus’ many affairs caused his wife, Hera, to act out in rage causing many results for those involved. Zeus, Hera’s sister and wife cheated on her with a mortal named Semele. The mistress of the sky was absolutely furious about the transgressions and decided that Semele should be punished and killed. To accomplish this mission she disguises herself as the human, Bereo, Semele’s nurse, who is old and wrinkled and began to talk to her about love. In the conversation she drops Zeus’ name in, making the young girl reevaluate the relationship. The fake nurse tricks the adulator into thinking that it might not be Zeus she is having an relationship. Semele wants to validate it is Zeus, so she takes Hera’s underhanded advice, which is to ask the god of thunder to make love to her as if she was a goddess (Ovid III. 321-366). The mortal asks
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