Cupid: The God Of Love

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Normally when people think of Cupid, they think of love, romance, and Valentine’s Day but Cupid is the son of Venus, goddess of love, and Mars, god of war. There is little reference to his father. He is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection. Cupid wasn't always known as Cupid. In the Greek version, he was named Eros. He was said to be the youngest of gods. Eros was displayed in Classical Greek art as a slender winged youth. In paintings he is normally shown throwing darts, driving a hoop, flirting with a nymph, playing a horn, or even catching butterflies. “Eros urged creation forward by prompting the elements to mate” (Conner). Eros has a brother named Anteros, who is sometimes represented as the avenger of slighted love…show more content…
The arrows signify love and desire. He has gold arrows to arouse desire and leaden arrows to ignite aversion. Cupid was given wings because lovers are flighty and likely to change their minds and a boy because love is irrational. Cupid was often depicted with his mother. In the Hellenistic period he was increasingly represented as a chubby boy or a playful, mischievous child but in the Archaic period Eros was displayed as a handsome immortal irresistible to both men and gods. Eros caused drama and Cupid only inspired love. Cupids name means desire. He is also known in Latin as Amor which means love. There are multiple Cupids in both Roman art and the later classical tradition of Western art. While under Christian influence he had a dual nature as heavenly and earthly love as he continued to be a popular figure in the middle ages. In popular culture Cupid is shown drawing a bow to inspire romantic love. Eros would shoot his arrows at mortals and gods and played with their emotions so they were filled with uncontrollable desire. In myths, Cupid is normally a minor character who serves mostly to set the plot in motion. Although he is a main character in the tail Cupid and The…show more content…
He woke her up, put the sleeping spell back in the box, and took her to see Zeus to ask for her immortality. Zeus said “ You have done me great harm in the past, seriously injured my good name, and my dignity. However, I cannot refuse you” (Hamilton). Zeus grants his wish and makes Psyche an immortal goddess. He called all the gods, including Venus and told them that Cupid and Psyche were now formally married. In the end Venus accepts the marriage because her son is married to a goddess and Psyche will no longer distract the men on earth from her. Psyche and Cupid together had a daughter named Voluptas, or Hedone, meaning pleasure. This story is clearly centered on the power of true love and commitment. The positive resolution ending shows that when love is pure, all sorrows, pains, and challenges will align to ensure that love is realized. Psyche shows us that love is supposed to be supported and defended no matter what the cost. Even in nature, the eagle and ants supported true love. This is the most clear story of true love in Greek mythology ( Hansen). This fable is usually considered

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