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Cupid and Psyche has captured the imagination of the modern reader. Its popularity is probably higher today than anytime since Apuleius wrote it in the second century. Please choose one of the following questions and post a (minimum) 200 word answer (15 points) by March 18. For an additional 10 points, respond to a classmate before the board closes on March 20, at 11:59 p.m. This is not a research questions. No documentation needed. First person pronouns are allowed. I look forward to reading your work!
1.) Cupid and Psyche called their relationship a “marriage,” but Venus makes a big deal about their relationship being a “misalliance” and not a marriage. Can a couple be “married” without legal approval? How important is a formal, legal marriage to you?
2.) The modern reader is squeamish over Cupid (as an invisible force) taking Psyche’s virginity. Did he rape her? Is it possible for the modern reader to celebrate their marriage in the end, knowing it started in this manner?
3.) Cupid told Psyche not to try to discover his identity. Should one know EVERYTHING about his/her romantic partner? Is “full disclosure” the best thing for a relationship? Are you comfortable disclosing everything about your past to your spouse? What about private thoughts? Does your partner have a right to know your every thought? Would that help/hurt a relationship?
4.) Venus almost wrecks her son’s relationship with his great love. (Psyche’s sisters were also not helpful.) How much input/influence should a person’s parent(s)/relatives have on his/her romantic choices? Cupid saves the day in the end, but what did you think of him when he escaped to his mother’s bed to recuperate from his burn?
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