[Dead Letters II is a repost of my reblogged blog! My apologies for the confusion and inconvenience. Our ability to discuss the blog has been hindered by the format which it was introduced. Hopefully this will correct the issue.]
Ovid’s Heroides, is full of all the passion and modern day drama one might find on a reality TV show. The human element is captured and repeated throughout, revealing the possible stories of the women who lost everything: their loves, families, pride, passion and their lives! We can relate to these passions having experienced, or by even knowing someone close to us, who has gone through similar experiences in the loss of love. Ovid captures the heartache and gives a voice to these women whose stories have not been told. Their love and they themselves have received a voice and a medium in which their pain is echoed and related to, two-thousand years later.
These women are all about to die at their own hands for the sake of lost love. They are desperately reaching to grasp the one thing that will keep them alive, their love’s return. Death becomes the preferred option, but not before one last message is sent. Through their letters they are preserving their hopes in something potentially more lasting than just their voice and breath, something they are willing to cut short themselves. They have set the stage an ultimatum has been thrown down, “come back or I will kill myself!” Its the Pleasure Principle versus the Reality Principle and its not looking good for reality. We are allowed to connect with these women and can feel their pain, through their words.
And yet its not their words. They are Ovid’s. They have survived! They still speak of passion and allow us to relate with the ancients in a way which connects us as humans. Its commonality that binds us still.
Freud and Derrida connect with us from afar as well. We can analyze Ovid’s characters through their lens’. The power of the PP in its quest has overridden the PR and its will to survive. Analyze it all you want, the power here is in what Ovid has created. The appeal to human drama of is what made his writing successful in his time. That same drama survives today and continues to be successful in the different mediums in which it’s marketed.