The Myths of Daphne and Io

The myths of Daphne and Io from the book of Ovid strive to create a reason why certain things present themselves in the human world.  The Romans adapting tales from the Greeks conceive a motive for events and actions humans choose to make.

The myth of Daphne starts off with a feud between Apollo and Cupid with Apollo boosting how much better he was than Cupid.  Cupid in turn shoots Daphne, a nymph, with an iron arrow to make her afraid of love and Apollo with one to make him in love with Daphne.  When Apollo tries to chase after Daphne to win her heart Daphne asks her father to turn her into a tree so that Apollo cannot catch up to her.  Apollo then makes a crown out of her laurel leaves.

The myth of Io all started from Prometheus with his foresight into the future and strove to influence the people and represent the fact that things happen for a reason and that people may not always know what that reason is right away.  Io is a woman that is loved by Jove; Jove turns her into a cow so that his wife, Juno, does not find out about the affair.  Juno sees through his plot and says that she wants the cow.  Jove has no choice but to give Juno the cow, which is guarded by Argus, a hundred-eyed monster.  Mercury, the messenger god, is sent by Jove to kill Argus, who then turned into the eyes on peacock feathers.  However, then Io is harassed and traveled throughout the world until Jove is able to change her back.  In the long run Io’s descendant would be the famous Hercules, although that was not revealed.

Both the myth of Daphne and Io have relationships between the divine and the human worlds.  They were made by the Greeks and Romans to explain certain human characteristics and behaviors.  In the myth of Daphne, the love of Apollo is one-sided, and in the end his love is never realized because he restlessly pursues her.  In the myth of Io, the future is not always revealed and presently things happen, even bad things, because of something to come along the way.  This myth is basically explaining that there is a reason for everything.

I can see the reasons why both women had to go through their individual ordeals, although, I do feel bad for Io.  She had to go through and suffer so much when she did not do anything in the first place and it was only through the lustfulness of Jove that she was even punished at all.  Jove should have really been the one to have been punished instead.

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~ by wolfangel87 on November 18, 2010.

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