Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

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Proserpina Character Analysis

Proserpina is Ceres’s daughter and Pluto’s love interest. After being struck with Cupid’s arrow, Pluto falls in love with Proserpina, kidnaps her, and takes her to Hades. There, Proserpina becomes the Queen of the underworld, but she is sad and afraid. Eventually, Ceres arranges for her to spend half her time back on land where she is much happier.

Proserpina Quotes in Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses quotes below are all either spoken by Proserpina or refer to Proserpina . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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5.3 Quotes

please use words which accord
with the facts of the case. Lord Pluto hasn’t committed a crime
but an act of love. No need for us to feel shame at the marriage,
if only you will accept it, Ceres. Setting aside
all other advantages, Pluto is Jupiter’s brother, no less!

Related Characters: Jupiter (Jove) (speaker), Pluto , Ceres , Proserpina
Page Number: 124
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Proserpina Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Proserpina appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 5: Calliope’s Song: The Rape of Proserpina
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One day, Ceres’s daughter Proserpina is picking flowers beside a shady lake. Pluto sees her and falls in love with... (full context)
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...turns the boy into a spotted newt. As she returns discouraged to Sicily, she notices Proserpina’s cloak in the nymph’s pool. Ceres tears at her hair in grief and curses the... (full context)
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...on the land. The nymph tells Ceres that she recently traveled to Hades and spotted Proserpina there. Although Proserpina looked sad and afraid, she was queen of the underworld. Still in... (full context)
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...he is lord of Hades, Pluto is Jupiter’s brother, and therefore a worthy match for Proserpina. However, Jupiter says that he will rescue Proserpina as long as she hasn’t eaten any... (full context)
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Similar to the tattling nymph, Proserpina’s friends are given bird’s wings and feet. However, they requested the gods for these so... (full context)