Cupid And Psyche Analysis

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"Cupid and Psyche" comprises a portion of "The Golden Ass," a Roman novel authored by Lucius Apuleius, and recounts the complicated marriage of the titular characters. Addressing the piece to a general audience as a straightforward narrative, one would assume that Apuleius was motivated by the desire to entertain his audience. However, Apuleius 's main intent in writing the piece was to warn his readers of the dangers of curiosity. (Topic) In "Cupid and Psyche," Apuleius (Argument) advised caution against the vice of Curiositas (Reason) by depicting the consequences Psyche faced for her unwelcome curiosity.
(Topic) In “Cupid and Psyche,” Psyche is led to marry an anonymous spouse who is said to be a monster, and though he treats her well, he
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(Point) Psyche commits the act, identifies her husband, but he holds true to his word and punishes her offense by leaving. (Evidence) One night when Cupid had fallen to slumber, Psyche took action, "With lamp plucked forth... the secrets of the bed become manifest, the sweetest and most gentle of all creatures, Love himself, reclined there... the god started up, and beholding the overflow of her faith, quietly took flight from her embraces.... 'Now I would but punish thee by my flight hence" (Apuleius 629-630). (Explanation 1) Apuleius conveys that Psyche used a lamp to see her husband and identified him as the god Cupid, but the latter awoke and discovered her act of disobedience before abandoning her for the sake of punishment. (ex2) Psyche commits this act of treason despite numerous warnings from her lover, so Cupid takes the proper course of action by delivering the promised punishment. (ex3) Psyche’s curiosity got the best of her, which caused her to offend her spouse to a high degree, depicting the consequences that can arise from the vice of Curiositas. (Transition) Psyche faced the consequences of being abandoned by her lover and all of the accompanying gifts, and it was not until she redeemed herself through various grueling trials for Venus that she was able to earn it all …show more content…
(Point) Namely, Luisa Vertova cites an expert in the matter who likens Psyche’s ordeal that of one who is familiar to countless Christians. (Evidence) While introducing “Cupid and Psyche” in order to examine relevant illustrations, Vertova touches upon an intriguing interpretation of the piece, "At the end of the same century the mythographer Fulgentius Planciades identifies the native city of Psyche with the world.... Psyche herself is compared with Adam, on the grounds that both had to be punished for the sin of disobedient curiosity" (Vertova 104-105). (Explanation 1) Vertova communicates that a scholar named Planciades likened various settings and characters to familiar entities, and he compared Psyche to Adam because both of them endured punishment for submitting to curiosity and disobeying their superiors. (ex2) By comparing Psyche to the all too familiar Adam, who disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit and thus enduring banishment from Eden, Planciades recognizes Apuleius’s focus on Psyche’s mistake. (ex3) The comparison of Psyche’s disobedience to the original sin emphasizes the severity that uncontrolled curiosity can reach, supporting the idea that Apuleius intended to warn against such an act all along. (Transition) By examining

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