Friday, October 24, 2014

Seventh Post-October 24, 2014


First read the story of “Cupid and Psyche” at http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/cupid.html, then write a comparison of this old Greek tale with that of the Brothers Grimm. Add two pictures to your blog, one from “The Frog King” and one for “Cupid and Psyche.

In the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, Psyche is the youngest of three daughters of the king and queen.  She is more beautiful than Venus herself. This makes the real Venus jealous, so she sends her son Cupid to get vengeance and have Psyche marry a monster. Cupid and Psyche fall in love and they are married before Psyche has a chance to see what he looks like. He forbids her to look at him and only visits her in the darkness of night. Soon, rumors swirl around that she married a monster. Curiosity gets the best of Psyche, and she holds a lantern to Cupid’s face, illuminating not the face of a monster, but a god. Cupid flees, but Psyche is able to win him back.

In the Grim tale of The Frog King, the Princess, also the youngest of three daughters, loses a golden ball. A frog offers to fetch it for her, and in her desperation, she offers him her hand in marriage as a reward. The frog carries out his task, and the princess is bound by her promise to wed him. The frog demands to be close to the princess. When she objects, her father, the king, refuses to let her break her promise.  When the frog requests to sleep with her, she becomes enraged and throws him against the wall. She finds a prince in his place who explains that he was cursed by a witch. The Princess then marries the prince.


The tales both contain a motif similar to that of Beauty and the Beast. The youngest of three daughters marries a beast who then turns out to be beautiful. Cupid and Psyche were already married when Cupid was discovered to be beautiful. However, the princess in The Frog King only fully desires to marry the prince after he transforms from being a ghastly frog.  

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