Apollo and Daphne

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Apollo and Daphne

The myth of Apollo and Daphne is about a god who falls in love with a water nymph. It all had started when Apollo decided to make fun of Cupid about how he's just a child, and his weapons are nothing in comparison to those of Apollo's. Cupid got angry and then shot Apollo with the arrow of love, and Daphne with the arrow of disgust. Daphne was a water nymph who wanted to be like Artemis, and remain a virgin. While Apollo chased Daphne proclaiming his undying love for her, Daphne began to get desperate and called on the help of her father. Her father heard her pleas of help, and transformed her into a tree. This broke Apollo's heart, so his official plant became the Daphne tree. Today, in modern society, the myth of Apollo and Daphne is referenced, because it has many different interpretations.

One interpretation of the myth is as a love story. Apollo is in love with Daphne, but she does not return this feelings. This shows the one sided relationship that love can be. Sometimes in the end the person succeeds, and sometimes they don't In Apollo's case, he didn't succeed. Love relationships don't necessarily have to be between a male and female. Love relationships can be father and son relationships too. For example, in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, showed a love relationship between the father and the son. Luke Skywalker was the son of Darth Vader, and they were on opposing sides. Luke fights for the good while, Darth Vader has turned evil. Luke loves his father, and wants to help him come back to the good side. Luke keeps showing his father the love he feels for him, while Darth Vader is continuosly running away. In the end Darth Vader shows his love for his son, but dies soon after. Both the myth of Apollo and Daphne, and the story of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are love stories, but with tragic endings.

Another interpretation of the myth is as a story of revenge. This is displayed when Cupid shoots his arrows at...
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