Which is NOT an archetype in METAMORPHOSES: A formerly perfect existence; a god battling a devil; a world created in stages; or a chaotic universe?

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mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Do you mean Kafka's The Metamorphosis or Metamorphoses by John Cheever or Metamorphosis by Lousie Gluck?  I'm not sure what Metaplanetary is, some Sci-Fi novel?

Of these, I would say that "a formerly perfect existence" is not an archetype.  It's seems made up.  Certainly it's unrealistic.  I don't know of any work of literature that is about a perfect existence.  Why?  Because it doesn't exist.

The others are archetypes, I think.  Certainly "a god battling a devil" is archetypal.  I've read that somewhere before, I think.

"A world created in stages" is how just about every creation story in literature begins, so you can cross that one off.

"A chaotic universe" is new, but it's been done to death lately by the absurdists and existentialists.  That's not it.

So, it's "a formerly perfect existence."

munboy | Student

I'm a little late to this party, but I thought I'd clear this up for anybody else who might have this question. mstultz72 is completely off base. swolfson is referring to Ovid's MetamorphosEs, the ancient Roman epic, not Kafka's MetamorphosIs, which has none of these qualities. Sorry, mstultz72 but your answer is WRONG. Try not to answer questions based on guesses.

In Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book I begins with a chaotic existance before it is shaped by "some god" that is unnamed by Ovid.

Once the world is shaped, the gods live in peace or a "perfect existance."

But, the world goes through 4 "stages," each one becomes more violent and the inhabitants more prone to evil until Jupiter floods the world and we end up with the world we live in today.

So, the answer to this question is god battling devils. There are no "devils" in Roman myth.

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