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The Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses

by Ovid

Analysis: Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Christopher Booker is a scholar who wrote that every story falls into one of seven basic plot structures: Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, the Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, and Rebirth. Shmoop explores which of these structures fits this story like Cinderella’s slipper.

Plot Type : None

We can't tell you how Ovid's Metamorphoses fits into Booker's Seven Basic Plots, because Ovid's poem doesn't have a plot. Or maybe it's Booker's fault for not listing "The Encyclopedia" as one of his plot types. In any case, for an introduction to how Ovid's compendium of over 200 stories is organized into some sort of chronological order, check out our "Summary."

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