October 1st 2010
The Pastoral World vs. Daphnis and Chloe
In the novel Daphnis and Chloe I was intrigued by their lives and the role that the God’s played in them throughout the entire novel. Daphnis and Chloe were both found by their adoptive parents in the same way at separate times; the two were also protected throughout their lives by the nymphs and the God’s and as a result, overcame their obstacles through them. Also the children stuck to their pastoral duties and were also brought together in turn by their common labor of herding. Throughout the novel the two were raised to believe that they were average people in their society and were raised to work hard as well. That is exactly what they had done during their younger years but little did they know that that wasn’t all they were meant to be. Everyone that the couple was introduced with played a huge role in how the two would become together forever in the end. The two would eventually become one and it had everything to do with who was watching over them as they grew up.
Daphnis and Chloe had both been abandoned by their biological parents at infancy. They were found in a cave being protected by the nymphs as well as the animals who were assigned to them. Daphnis was found by his goatherd father Lamon. The little infant boy was being suckled by a goat and so Lamon knew he had to take the boy in as his own, he couldn’t just abandon the infant. Such a thing had also happened two years later to Dryas a shepherd in the same town. Chloe was seen being suckled by a sheep and so, Dryas did what any man would do; he took the tiny little girl as his own. Both of these men took the babies home to their wives and explained what they had seen and of course the women agreed to adopt the children as well. Both Daphnis and Chloe were left with tokens of noble birth when they were found. The parents of each child knew that their adoptive children had to be noble and were...