Apollo and Daphne Study Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- Why is Apollo so full of himself at the beginning of the story? What has he just accomplished?
- What does Apollo do to offend Cupid? What does Cupid do to Apollo in revenge?
- What is the significance of Cupid's gold-tipped arrow versus his lead-tipped arrow?
- Do you think that Peneus's solution for saving Daphne from Apollo is a good idea? Why, or why not?
- Why do you think Cupid decides to make Apollo fall in love with Daphne? Does she deserve her fate, or is she just an innocent bystander? Explain your answer.
- Write a new ending to the story. What would've happened if Peneus hadn't intervened?
- Why is the laurel Apollo's sacred tree? What have its leaves now come to represent?
- Compare and contrast Ovid's version of the tale with another version like Thomas Bullfinch's.
- In what ways might the story be commenting on the place of women in society?
- Compare and contrast two different artistic representations of the story, like Bernini's sculpture and Waterhouse's painting.
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