The Ovid’s Metamorphoses’ character Lo is a perfect depiction of women in today’s society feelings and moral values being disregarded.
The rape scene portrayed in the book still occurs in today’s society.
In fact, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Criminal Victimization Survey, “about 20 million out of 112 million women (18.0%) in the United States have been raped during their lifetime.” The young nymph was victim of rape and it revealed how Ovid depicted women as nothing more than sexual objects for men’s satisfactions just as many men do in the world today.
In comparison, men have the same mindset as Ovid had, however many men in today’s society exploit women as sexual tools for money.
In fact, per Polaris, “Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline, operated by Polaris, has received reports of 14,588 sex trafficking cases inside the United States”.
The treatment of the character Dido that Virgil portrayed are his thoughts towards women in the society he lived in.
He displayed women as unreliable and discredited their image of leading a group of people.
In addition, the percentage of South Asian girls being forced to marry before 18 are 46.4%”.
This shows the overwhelming reality of dominance of family and communities to pressure young women to do things against their will just as Daphne experienced in the Metamorphoses.
The harsh reality still exist just has it has been in ancient history’s literature, women are shown as sexual tools for men and are dishonored because of men’s dominance.
In Virgil’s Aeneid, Virgil’s character Dido is a perfect depiction of women in today’s society authority being discredited by men.