Callisto's Metamorphos

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Metamorphoses, in this poem, refer to more than just physical change. Of course, some changes are literal, like when Callisto is turned into a bear. When someone is transformed, it is to put to light one of their defining qualities. When Lycaon is changed into a wolf, it is highlighting his bloodthirst and his wolf-like attitude. Other changes are small, subtle changes in character, like when Pentheus is ripped limb from limb by the crazed women. It isn't because he's really an animal (boar), but because he is percieved as one since Bacchus morphed how they saw him. I think a major point of this whole poem isn't the specific changes in these characters, but to point out that everything is constantly changing. Nothing ever stays the same. It

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