On Heaven and Earth: The Tale of Cupid and Psyche William Shakespeare once wrote, “But love is blind and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that they themselves commit. ” Psyche brings life to Shakespeare’s words through her early acts of naivety, and later, the trials she willingly faces to right her wrongs. With the only rule to keeping a lavish life laid before her being to not set sights on her husband, it seems simple enough to oblige that one simple request; however, love is a powerful emotion that fuels many fires, from crimes of passion and jealousy, to otherwise impossible feats of strength.If it were not for the purity of love that Psyche felt for Cupid, she would not have been willing, or able to face the tasks set before her. Most will tell you that an emotion such as love takes time to develop.
In today’s society, people meet, fall in love, and eventually, marry. In Psyche’s situation, she was promised to a man she had not only never met, she had never even seen him. To make matters more strenuous, even after their wedding night, her new husband remained a mystery. With time however, emotions change.On her first night in her new home, Psyche “feared for her virginity,” but a short while later, the new arrangements had become “delightful” to her. Psyche had yet to fall in love with her husband, but simply found his nightly visits to her room comforting.
Knowing of Psyche’s naive disposition in matters of...
the heart, her sisters, spurred by jealousy of the lifestyle that has been handed to her, manage to take advantage of the situation, formulating what most would see as a crime of passion.Convinced that her husband has been lying about his true identity, Psyche violates his wishes, and in the candle light catches sight of who he truly is. As a result of Psyche not heeding the warnings of her husband, Cupid feels as though his trust has been defiled, and thus, he flees from the bed he and Psyche had shared, leaving her and her new found “love” (thanks to a prick by cupids arrows) in misery. Realizing what a terrible mistake she’s made, Psyche sets forth in an attempt to prove her love to her husband, and regain his trust.
In order to avenge the terrible fortune that her own sisters had dealt her, Psyche manages to set them both up, killing them for the pain they have caused her. Acting in a crime of passion yet again, Psyche’s sisters pay the ultimate price for trying to get in the way of true love. Along her journeys, she seeks shelter and guidance from numerous Gods and Goddesses, pleading to be granted shelter from the Goddess Venus and her rage. Although they are unable to help her by granting her a place to stay, they see her true love for Cupid and help her to reach him indirectly, directing her to show herself to Venus and right her wrongs.Upon coming face to face with Venus, she is first beaten, then assigned tasks to complete one at
time. The tasks that she is given are things that a mere mortal such as Psyche should not have been able to accomplish.
Setting out to complete each task, she is assisted by Gods and Goddesses that complete her missions for her, and send her with the proof back to Venus. On her final mission from Venus, curiosity gets the best of her, and she falls under a sleep spell, cast by the box given to her in Hades.Cupid however, still in love with his wife, comes to her aid, by wiping the sleep from her, and allowing her to finish the journey back to his mother. Through torments and toil, Psyche never lost sight of the goal at the end of her journey, to reunite with her husband, her love. Overcoming internal doubt, turning on family, and facing overwhelming odds were not enough to sway her from the path laid before her.
There is no feat to large or boundary that can’t be tested in order to obtain the object of that affection. The Tale of Cupid and Psyche embodies the power of love and everything that it can accomplish.
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