Thursday, September 10, 2015
Heart and Soul
“I want you to make her pay!” shouted my mother. Ugh, here she goes again, all mad because some girl is supposedly more beautiful than she is. Women can be crazy like that. She called me in here to ask, no, command me to ruin this poor girl’s life. Oh! I should probably introduce myself, I am Cupid. You know…the God of Love? And my mother is Venus. So now you see how crazy it is that she’s worried this girl is more beautiful than her because she is the Goddess of Beauty! How can anyone be more beautiful than the Goddess of Beauty! That’s just crazy! However, my mother asked me to do something so I shall do what I can for her.
Cupid descended down from the clouds with a few great bursts from his angel-like golden wings and perched on a tree outside of the girl’s house. The girl he was looking for was inside her room sobbing uncontrollably about how unhappy she was.
Oh my Jove! This girl is beautiful! (Please don’t tell my mother.) I wonder why she is crying. With looks like that she shouldn’t be lonely…she should have many suitors! None that would be as fitting to her as a god…wait.
And with that thought, Cupid took out an arrow and pricked himself with it. He immediately fell more in love with the girl, whose name was Psyche. He hatched out a plan to take her as his bride. He had commanded the oracle of Apollo to tell the family that the family that in order for the girl to be happy, they must lead her to the cliff top and leave her there alone. Once her family left her on the cliff top, Cupid sent Zephyr to carefully bring her from the cliff top into the beautiful, flower-filled valley below. She looked up and saw the gorgeous divine palace and heard voices that led her inside. Cupid chose to hide in the shadows, but spoke sweetly to the girl he wanted to take as his wife.
She is so scared. Maybe I should say something to her to help calm her down.
“Dearest girl, the servants here cannot be seen, but are merely voices. Do not fear, though, because they will cater to your every whim. Go on to the chambers just beyond this door and sleep. Once you have your strength you can bathe and then eat all that you desire.”
And with that Psyche went into the other room and slept. When she awoke she went and bathed and had a grand feast. After she ate, she retired to the bed chambers. Once she was in bed, Cupid slipped under the covers beside her.
"Dear Psyche, do not be alarmed. I have come to take you as my wife, for I will be the most loving of husbands. Please have me, darling..."
Psyche was so moved by the speech of the unknown God that she of course said yes and after many trials, mishaps, and clashes with Venus, Jove made her the Goddess of Soul and she and Cupid lived happily ever after.
Author's note: The story I chose to write over is Apuleius's Cupid and Psyche. I took this story and made it from Cupid's point of view in some parts and wrote it from an outside point of view to help further along the plot a little quicker. The original story is written kind of from Psyche's side of things and I did not think it did a great job explaining why Cupid chose to defy his mother's orders, so I tried to include that in my version. I think it is very important to include that detail. I felt it really added a depth to the story that the original was missing. The mother/son relationship has always been very intriguing to me because even though they love their mothers, they still are defiant boys who do things that go against their parents' wishes. I really enjoyed this entire story and I recommend it to whoever is looking for a nice and interesting classical read! It is a lot longer than what I wrote here and the second half of the story(I wrote on the first) has a lot of action and excitement! I created the title "Heart and Soul" based on the fact that Cupid is considered the Roman God of Love and Psyche is the Roman Goddess of Soul.
Bibliography: Apuleius's Cupid and Psyche