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Daphne, A Naiad-Nymph Of The River Peneus

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Daphne was a Naiad-Nymph of the river Peneus in Thessalia and the daughter of the river god Peneus. Nymphs were female spirits of the natural world and crafters of nature’s beauty, from the growing of the trees and flowers to the formation of wetlands, brooks, grottos, and springs. (Atsma) Her father, the river god Peneus, was tried several times because Daphne would not accept any of the handsome, eligible young men who wanted her. Her father would scold her by saying, “Am I never going to have a grandson?” which Daphne would answer with “Father, dearest, let me be like Diana.”. (Hamilton 119) Her father would surrender from these conversations and let her off into the woods, which she had the freedom to do what she desired. Daphne became like Diana, also known as Artemis, by living as a perpetual virgin and a wild huntress. Daphne is said to have been Apollo’s first love, but it turned out to be a one-sided love.
One day, Eros, the god of love, was taunted by Apollo, the god of prophecy, when he told Eros to leave bows and arrows to those who were more capable of using them after he defeated Python. (L.Roman and M.Roman 130) Eros wanted revenge and decided to shoot Apollo and Daphne with arrows that had opposite reactions. Apollo was struck with a gold-tipped arrow that made him fall in love with whoever he set his eyes on while Daphne was hit by a lead-tipped arrow that made her become even more uninterested in any man she had ever seen. (Cotterell 32) When Apollo saw
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