Portrayals of Gender in The Metamorphoses


5 10 15 20 Description Number of times appeared Female Non-Binary Male despair virginal matronly cocky rage joy jealous protector protected


In the entirety of this project, we wanted to investigate the difference between the representations of gender and desire in Ovid’s The Metamorphoses. Ultimately, the representations of gender are quite different and female characters were described a lot more than male and non-binary characters. Female characters are associated with more negative connotations such as: rage, despair, and joy. They are also associated with traits such as matronly and virginal, feeding into a stereotypical dichotomy that women are either one or the other.

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