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Atalanta Chapter 12
Cupid and Psyche
Eight Brief Tales Of Lovers
Four Great Adventures
Hercueles Chapter 11
How the World and Mankind Were Created Ch.3
The Adventures of Odysseus
The Earliest Heroes
The Fall of Troy
The Lesser Myths Ch. 20
The Quest for the Golden Fleece
The Trojan War Ch. 13
Cupid and Psyche
Cupid and Psyche
A Majority of Two. Web. 17 Nov. 2011. <http://majorityoftwo.blogspot.com>.
In this myth Psyche, Cupid and Venus are the main characters. Psyche was so beautiful she was almost goddess like. Everyman thought she was pretty but none really loved her. This upset Psyche. Her dad went to the oracle and asked if she would ever marry.
Before he did this though, Venus sent her son, Cupid, to punish her. When he saw he saw how beautiful she was and fell in love with her He told Apollo the whole story. When Psyches father went to Apollo’s oracle, Apollo told him to send Psyche alone on a hill and a winged serpent would be her husband. Then the wind picked her up from the rocky hill and laid her to rest on a soft meadow. There was a large house there and she went inside. She was served lots of food and met her husband at night when she laid in bed. She never saw his face or met him officially though.
One day her sisters came and visited her. They were worried that she had never seen her husbands face which then made Psyche worried. One night she brought a candle into her room to see her husband with. When she lit the candle, she saw how beautiful he was. Psyche became ashamed she doubted him and she went to stab herself. She slipped and ended up dripping wax on Cupid. He got up and ran to his mom to heal him.
She then wandered the world to find him and Venus wandered the world to find and punish Psyche. When they found each other Venus tested her to try and get rid of her and her beauty. Her first test was to sort a pile of seeds. When Psyche gave up hope some ants came and helped her sort it. All kinds of creatures helped her through the rest of her tasks.
When she finally finished her last task she came back from the underworld and fell asleep. She awoke to see Cupid. He forgave her and they went to Olympus together and Zeus granted Psyche immortality. They lived immortally together and Venus forgave Psyche.
"Greece." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 17 Nov. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece>.
The story of Cupid and Psyche tells us many things about how the Greeks lived. Some Greek manners and traditions that were used in ancient Greece can be found in this story. A “manner” that is evident in this story is to trust your spouse. Psyche betrayed her trust to Cupid, but later made it up. One tradition is to go to an Oracle and pray to the gods for advice. Psyche prayed for guidance and help about Cupid. Psyche’s dad went to the oracle to find who Psyche’s husband would be. This is how Greeks often solved their problems.
Edith Hamilton didn’t use very much figurative language, but there are a few examples. One example in the story was the irony of Psyche being the most beautiful of her sisters but no man loved her. A second example was “…music breathed around her…” which is personification. Finally, Psyche’s sisters told her what to do (to reveal who her husband was) before it was told that she did it. This is foreshadowing.
The story of Cupid and Psyche has survived past the ancient Greeks, because it shows the values important to the people of ancient Greece, such as love and loyalty to their partners. Psyche also shows trust in Cupid by agreeing to be his wife even though she didn’t know who he was, and Cupid shows forgiveness for Psyche’s curiosity about his appearance. They valued obedience, which Cupid shows by doing his mother’s bidding.
The Greeks thought that there should be trust where there is love, which is displayed by Psyche’s trust in Cupid. It shows that they thought jealousy was common, because the two sisters become jealous of Psyche’s good fortune and even the goddess herself, Venus, grows jealous of Psyche’s beauty.
The tale of Cupid and Psyche deems appropriate behavior to be made up of forgiveness and kindness, as well as worry for your family and other loved ones. It shows that jealousy, curiosity, and disobedience were all considered to be inappropriate.
Stop-Breathe-Smile | Nothing Changes Untill You Do. Web. 16 Nov. 2011. <http://stopbreathesmile.wordpress.com>.
Cupid and Psyche show not only tremendous love for each other, but they show the important values of the Greeks, how they related to one another, and how the citizens ofGreeceshould behave. Underlying the tale of love and adventure are lessons of trust and forgiveness. Cupid and Psyche are a Greek tale of the power of love and have lasted throughout the ages with their displays of important values, ways to relate to each other, and both good and bad behavior.
The story of Cupid and Psyche us the same plot as a classic Chick Flick. It always goes: girl has girl enemy, girl meets boy, boy get girl, boy and girl fight, boy and girl separate, tragedy strikes, boy and girl get back together. This is the exact plot of Cupid and Psyche. Their story relates to most dramatic relationships of modern time. Venus would represent the standard mean girl that sets out to destroy the main girl. Cupid represents the ideally perfect man (that doesn’t exist) that people take for granted. Psyche represents the perfect woman. The envious sisters could represent the jealous step-sisters in Cinderella. They want to ruin their sister when they discover about her charming suitor. Venus could be connected to Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Like Ursula, Venus wishes to ruin a girl who interferes with her ‘man’.
Two Voice Poems
Cupid and Psyche:
Enlightened by a lamp
I had to win you back
Through my mom’s evil challenges
Filled with fear
I ran away
I shouldn’t have left
Beauty in a box
What was I thinking?
But it’s okay
Many men think I am the most beautiful in the world
All of the Greeks worship me and think I am gorgeous
I am pretty.
I am told to sit on a hill and meet my husband
I want revenge, she is taking my followers
I sit and nothing appears but the breeze which carries me away
I sent my son to get rid of her
My new husband is Cupid
Good job Cupid my son
I love the god of love.
She is not gone. Cupid told me so.
I search the world my husband has left me
I test her.
I complete all the tests and meet my husband again
We are immortal.
Two Voice Poem: Venus and Cupid
This Psyche—what maiden is she
To steal all of my followers from me
Make her fall in love with a brute
Take your bow and arrow, then aim and shoot
Yes, Mother. I’ll do it for you
There isn’t anything I couldn’t do.
That’s my boy. Go, now, go
Shoot her now; do not slow
Yes, Mother I’m on my way
I’ll be back with the light of day
Cupid, how nice to see your return
In your absence my stomach was starting to churn
Mother, please, do not fret
For although she was beautiful when we met
I promise you my arrow flew straight
She will come to love what she once would hate
But I will have to disappear at night
So do not let this give you fright
For I will return to you by day
And with the light, here I will stay
Two Voice Poem: The Sisters
My sympathies go out to our to dearest sister
Trapped away with that horrible monster
She is probably scared mindless
We should pay her a visit
And make sure she is well
We’ll set off tomorrow
Did you see?
Her glorious smile!
Revenge must be had.
We’ll tear her down.
We’ll make her suffer.
Psyche must be ruined
Mythology- Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.
NewYork: Warner, 1942. Print.
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