When you've got a story in which Cupid (Eros), the god of desire and love, falls in love himself, you can bet that romance is going to be a major theme. Of course, it wouldn't be much of a story if Cupid and Psyche just fell in love and everything was immediately happy ever after. When Psyche shows distrust in Cupid and gets a glimpse of what he looks like against his wishes, Cupid abandons her, showing that love cannot survive if there is no trust between two people. After determinedly completing a series of tasks, however, Psyche eventually regains Cupid and finds eternal bliss, perhaps teaching the lesson that lasting love can only be attained through dedication and struggle.
Questions About Love
- How does Psyche and Cupid's love grow over the course of the story?
- What other kinds of love besides romantic are seen in the story?
- Think about the way Cupid is characterized in the story. What might this depiction be saying about the nature of love itself?