Cupid and Psyche

Essay by yeah1234College, UndergraduateA+, November 2014

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The myth of Cupid and Psyche is a classic myth about love with a much deeper message. Picasso said "We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies." A myth is a fictional story that has developed over time and evokes an explanation to something unknown. The myth of Cupid and Psyche is untrue, but was meant to explain something much deeper. Like many other well-known stories, including Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, the theme of the myth is that true love will always prevail. True love will overcome all obstacles and hardships because the power of love is supported by the gods.

Venus grew angry with jealousy when people began to follow the mortal, Psyche, instead of her.

She then sent Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with a monster. However, Cupid failed and fell in love with Psyche. But Psyche's curiosity drove Cupid away. So Psyche sought out Venus to regain Cupid's trust. Even though Venus imposed impossible tasks for Psyche, Psyche prevailed with the help of the gods. Eventually, Cupid realized Psyche's endeavors and saved her and took her for his wife, leading to Psyche becoming a goddess. This well-put lie explains the truth, beauty and power of love and all of its abilities. This common theme can be found in more stories throughout history as well.

The story of Cinderella may be based on actual events, but is overall a lie with a deeper meaning as well. Similar to the myth of Cupid and Psyche, Cinderella goes through many difficult obstacles and has help from unusual assistants,