Comparing The Metamorphoses Of Ovid And Homer

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The personalities of the gods are as broad as there are stars in the heavens, and as such the ways that these gods interact with mortals vary. The purpose of gods intervening with the days of man comes down to two things, good or bad; there are gods who are caring and loving towards mortals while others view man as pawns which they can use for their own personal agenda. A few gods that capture and exemplify the various personalities of the gods can be found in Ovid: The Metamorphoses of Ovid and Homer: The essential Homer: Selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey. Although the ways man and the gods communicate and get each other’s attention are different, there are reoccurring and overarching themes such as desire, and loyalty that make each intervention between gods and mortals similar.
To begin with the differences, both mortal and immortals have their own way of communicating and getting the attention of the another. When the gods wish to communicate and get the attention mortals, they do it in a manner that is a testament to their power. For instance, in The Odyssey, Athena, after helping Odysseus get back to his home island Ithaca, she uses her godly powers to transform herself into a young man so that she could address and answer Odysseus’s questions. This not only shows readers the abilities of Athena but it shows a unique method that the gods can use to get the attention of mortals.
In like manner, when Odysseus and his men were on the island of Thrinacia and were…
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