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Imaginary Life-Motifs

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Imaginary Life-Motifs Transformation and journeys are two important motifs which have similar qualities and tie in with each other throughout the novel. Ovid experiences a large transformation when he is exiled into the Getae tribe. In Rome Ovid lived as any other Roman and was considered to be a normal person. However, when he was introduced into this new environment he was no longer comfortable with his surroundings and was labelled as an outsider. The child goes through a very similar transformation. He is taken into an unknown environment and is forced to live and act like a normal boy. The similarities that these two share make a comparison that gives you an idea of who the child really is. ...read more.

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This wicked transformation into deadly sickness eventually spreads to other members of the tribe including the chief. Ovid describes the child's transformation on page 127 "all his limbs straining against the breaking out through him of whatever beast it is that is coming to birth in him". This transformation is solely due to the sudden change in the child's environment. The journeys of Ovid and the child together and separately range from physical journeys to spiritual ones. The child is first introduced in this story during Ovid's childhood. At this time only he can see the child, however, when once again introduced into Ovid's life he is a real person. The child seems to appear only in the stages of Ovid's life where he experiences his greatest confusion and hardship. ...read more.

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towards his eventual death. Ovid's death however, is not displayed as a sad event but as a freeing of himself beyond the boundaries of reality to his own transcendence. As Ovid dies he becomes one with mother earth as the child himself is. In this journey the child is in fact the one who leads him away from his safety within the Getae tribe. In this sense the child acts as Ovid's destiny as well as Ovid's sense of what he must do to achieve ultimate independence and release from this world. Regeneration is another reoccurring idea in this novel. As the child represents among other things Ovid's childhood, the child in this sense is a regenerated form of Ovid as a young boy. Transformation and journey as well as regeneration all draw similarities between the child and Ovid and give us a picture of who the child really is. ...read more.

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