Ovid's Metamorphose

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My aim in this essay is compare Rachel Zucker’s Eating in the Underworld with others previous texts related to hell, focusing on the characteristics which they have in common and the ones that they do not have in common. The books with which I am going to compare with it are the Homeric ‘Hymn to Demeter’, written in the late 7th century BC, but we will take Jules Cashford’s translation of the Greek text for this essay, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Book V), written in the early 1st century AD, but always having in mind the main plot of the original Greco-Roman myth. First of all, we will talk about the myth of Persephone, as we all know it, in its original version. After that we will focus on the plot of Eating in the Underworld and Book V of Metamorphoses, and then we will talk about their similitudes and differences by analysing all aspects between this book and the Homeric ‘Hymn to Demeter’ and book V of Metamorphoses. Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, went to pick up flowers with her friends near the town of…show more content…
Away from where the body of my mother is everywhere.’¹ First of all, one interesting aspect we could deal with, is that the names of the characters in Eating in the Underworld are the same as in the Hymn to Demeter ones, but Zeus is not mentioned in Eating in the Underworld. We could say that the names in the ‘Hymn to Demeter’ are taken from the original Greek myth, and the names in the book V of Metamorphoses are taken from the original Roman myth. Secondly, on the one side, in this part I, she describes the strangeness of the Underworld, but as she was talking about her home, and she is fully attracted to the beauty of the Underworld and Hades: ‘Here bodies are lined in blue against the sea. And where red is red there is only red. I have to be blue to bathe in the sea. Red, to live in the red room with red air to rest my head, red cheek down, on the red
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