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Cupid and Psyche
Cupid and Psyche
  • Parallel Myths in Other Cultures
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bluebeard

Beauty and the Beast

You probably saw this one coming from a mile away. In the story of "Beauty and the Beast," there's a beautiful girl, the youngest in her family (of course). She goes off to a magical castle to marry a "monster." Luckily, it turns out that he's a gorgeous prince. Sounds about right, doesn't it? Sure, Beauty goes off to live with a guy who actually looks like a monster, whereas with Psyche she just thinks her man might be beastly, but it all comes out the same in the end.

Both stories are also about a young woman proving her worth. Beauty must show that she can look beyond physical appearance and love the man inside the Beast; Psyche must prove that despite her betrayal of Cupid's trust, she's determined and loyal. When both women demonstrate their strong character, they're rewarded with a happily ever after.

Need to refresh your memory on "Beauty and the Beast"? Only seen the Disney movie and never read the original? Click here for the full story.