Essay Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice

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Literature Essays
This paper examines Ovid’s presentation of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice.

The following paper examines Ovid’s presentation of the Greek myth “Orpheus and Eurydice” with reference to the themes of love and death and how they transcend geography and time.
“Ovid’s version of the myth of Orpheus and Euridice presents two fundamental human experiences, love and death. The reactions of Orpheus to these two events is significant because it mirrors the experiences of real people. Love and death are dealt with in various ways by different societies but both experiences are common to all human societies. Because the myth centers on these two ideas, it has succeeded in becoming an enduring and influential myth. These issues are universal and because they transcend temporal as well as geographical boundaries, it is a myth that is influential today. This myth has affected literature, art, dance and the popular culture in America as well as other nations. The universal importance of this myth has its roots in two of the most profound of human experiences, love and death.”

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