The Metamorphoses of Ovid Critical Essays


Sample Essay Outlines

The following paper topics are designed to test your understanding of the play as a whole and analyze important themes and literary devices. Following each question is a sample outline to help you get started.

Topic #1
On one level, the Metamorphoses may be taken as a literal explanation of the origin of things; compare and contrast the Graeco-Roman creation myths with the Judeo-Christian Genesis accounts.

I. Thesis Statement: The Graeco-Roman and Judeo-Christian accounts of creation have numerous points suitable for comparison and contrast.

II. The Graeco-Roman creation myths as related by Ovid
A. The creation out of Chaos
B. The differentiation of things
1. Heaven from earth
2. Water from land
3. Air from stratosphere
4. Further subdivision

III. The Judeo-Christian traditions of creation as told in the Bible
A. The Creation in Genesis 1:1–2:4
B. The Creation in Genesis 2:4–2:25

IV. There are numerous similarities between the two traditions
A. Both show that the original chaos was changed by a creator
B. Both show that the creation occurred in stages

V. The two traditions also show many differences
A. In Graeco-Roman: the identity of the creator is uncertain
B. Judeo-Christian: God created everything

Topic #2
The Greek and Roman gods show many moral failings and lack of sympathy toward humans. Show examples of their behavior which appear reprehensible to us....

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