Thursday, February 7, 2013

Trusting Cupid?

What is your reaction to the Cupid And Psyche myth's proclamation about "trust" within relationships? Please comment with quotations and/or references from the myth. This blog response should be completed by 2:30p.m. on Thursday, February 7th, 2013.

17 comments:

Kaela F. said...

I think the Greek's idea of trust in a relationship consisted of a woman who is willing to be blindly led to whatever her husband wants her to do, and if she does not want to go blindly then then she is not a trusting wife. For example, Cupid expects Psyche to be in a loving relationship with him without ever knowing who he truly is and never seeing his face. So she could have been married to anyone at all, and that person could have been very evil and cruel but she wouldn't know because she had to be the blind wife willing to go along. This is definitely a male dominated approach to trust in a relationship, and limits the woman so entirely, she has almost no room for any thoughts of her own, otherwise the husband will think she does not trust him, therefore he cannot trust her.

Tyler D said...

In the myth of Psyche and Cupid I think that the metaphor of Psyche not trusting in Love(Cupid) is a just one and very applicable to daily life. Psyche chose to not trust her husband and listened to the people on the outside of their relationship who created doubt. This is a concept that is still shown today in modern media, a message of trusting in your spouse and not listening to the doubters. Trust is the foundation of love and I think this myth is a beautiful metaphor for that.

DylanP said...

The Cupid and Psyche myth shows how a relationship can only work if there is trust. Psyche was happy with her husband even though she had never seen him. When she broke his trust and held a lantern up to him in the middle of the night, he left her. The myth shows that when trust is broken in a relationship, it easy to end it. Psyche ends up getting cupid back, but she had to do a lot to get Cupid back.

LivvyW said...

The tale of Cupid and Psyche is a classic tale of what two people in a relationship should NOT do. Cupid repeatedly told Psyche not to allow her sisters to see her or him. She, of course, would not listen. She allowed them back twice and, just like Cupid warned, it was the near end for but her and Cupid. If she had listened to him and trusted his advice, she could have saved so much heartache. Instead, she used her power against him: "That very night Psyche's husband warned her once more. She would not listen when he begged her not to let them come again." pg 99. If Psyche would have listened and trusted what her loyal husband was saying then this tale would not have been so tragic.

mwood said...

in the myth of cupid and psyche, Psyche is forced to live the the god of love however she can never see him. When psyche learns that her husband could potentially be a serpant she begins to doubt his love for her and resolves to see him. When he discovers that she has broken the rule he leaves her with the words "love cannot live where there is no trust" I think that this is another example of the gods hipocracy because the love god cupid himself does not trust his wife enough to tell her who he is. I do agree that you cant love someone without trusting them however, I think that respect is more important to a relationship and its evident that cupid does not respect Psyche. In the end of the story Psyche does end up with cupid which shows that trust can be earned back after it is lost.

Luke A said...

The story about Cupid and Psyche is a very good story about trusting. When Psyche leaves her parents, she trusts them, and her sisters, trusting that what the Oracle had told her dad was true and would all become something greater. As time went by waiting at the rock, she meets her husband and doesn't trust him. I have learned from this story that in almost every relationship, in all relationships, you must and should trust the person, either family, friendship, or opposite gender. - Luke Albrook

AlexanderB2013 said...

In the Cupid/Psyche Myth, It is stated that "Love cannot live where there is no trust." Throughout the story (as is the case with many myths), curiosity is seen as a bad thing. It is a trait that people are cursed, punished and scolded for. Psyche was punished at first for wanting to see what Cupid looked like, and then again for being curious enough to open the box which contained beauty. This view is not limited to Greek Mythology, as it seems in many religions that faith is the prevailing virtue, while questioning and curiosity are traits that apparently deserve horrible fates and curses. Perhaps this was a defense mechanism to keep said religions alive by eliminating skepticism.

ClaytonR said...

My reaction to the Cupid and Psyche myth was that I think it was very male dominated. For example, I think it was male dominated because Cupid expected Psyche to trust him when she could never see him. And if she could never see him, she couldn’t believe who he was. In marriage there must be trust between the two and they have to believe in each other, so they can trust each other. But Psyche could never see Cupids face to she could have been married to anyone. Then when he gets mad for her to find out who he really was, it wasn’t that fair, because he could see her, but she couldn’t see him. In a marriage it is a two lane street, not one. So you can’t blame her for trying to find out who he really was

Lauren Duff said...

The story of Cupid and Psyche shows that a relationship with out trust can never have love. If they never trust each other then they will never be truly happy together. It also shows how hard it is to build trust if it is not there in the belonging or if it is broken. Sometimes trusting some one outside of the can ruin it also like jealousy. when one doesn't listen to the other it will never work also.Like how Psyche never listened to her husband and there her happiness went away.

coltonn13 said...

This myth of Cupid and Psyche directly demonstrates the relationship between a man annd a woman today. This is another example of how myths still are very valuable today. This myth demonstrates how trust is the key foundation in a relationship, and once Psyche broke the trust this relationship was ended. Though she got Cupid back she had to go through the process of earning someones trust back and had to go through a lot.

Spencer E said...

The Cupid and Psyche myth indicates that in order to love someone you must first be able to trust them. Psyche breaks Cupid's trust when she used the candle to illuminate Cupid's face but woke him when she spilled the hot wax on him causing a wound which almost killed him. "some hot oil fell from the lamp upon his shoulder. He started awake: he saw the light and knew her unfaithfulness, and without a word he fled from her." Cupid could no longer trust Psyche and therefore no longer loved her. The myth possessed a second moral which was true love can never be broken. After cupid fled, Psyche searched for him and found his mother who put her through trials as her servant so Psyche may win passage to see Cupid. Cupid recovered from his wounds and his love her burned once again. He searched for her and found her passed out from persephone's box filled with sleep. He awoke her and went to Olympis to plead to Zeus for their free love. Zeus agreed and they were married and psyche became immortal. The myth is summarized by the quote, "Love and the Soul (for that is what Psyche means) had sought and, after sore trials, found each other; and that union could never be broken."

EvanP said...

Love cannot exist where there is no trust, because in order to love someone you need to be able to be vulnerable with them and trust that they will love you anyways. Trust is the foundation of love, but is oftentimes not obvious in healthy relationships because it is implied- good couples trust their spouses almost to a fault.

Michael L said...

My reaction to the Cupid and Psyche myth is that both trust and honesty are required for love, if Cupid had actually wanted a relationship based on trust, he should have trusted Psyche with his identity. Asking Psyche not to look on him was like asking Pandora not to open her pythos or jar, and it was unfair of him to do so, also, this relationship was based on her extreme beauty, not on her intrinsic values, so in my opinion, it wasn't really love at all.

Jens P said...

In this tale, I noticed that Psyche put her family before her husband. This was a very powerful message, but then she betrayed him and shined light on him. Then he fled. I believe that this did show that without trust, a relationship cannot thrive. But then, the relationship was saved eventually. This made me think that a relationship’s trust can be tested or breached, but if the true love really exists then the relationship will continue to thrive but it will be strengthened.

logang said...

The Cupid and Psyche myth really shows the truth that there is no lasting or healthy relationship without trust. In this myth these two face a lot of real world problems we face today. Others were trying to fill her head with doubt but she just wouldn't listen.

Alex F. said...

I think that a lack of trust can cause great damage to a relationship and pain to both members of it,as shown in the quote, "He started awake: he saw the light and knew her faithlessness, and withou a word he fled from her." This line is trying to show that a realtionship without trust and faith is doomed to fall apart. Of course at the same the myth shows that if a person has enough love for another, many things that were once unforgivable are able to be forgiven, as shown when Cupid goes and looks for Psyche and remains by her side despite her betraying him.

Joey Laratta said...

"Love cannot exist where there is no trust" this is the motto behind the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Without trust, a relationship cannot build and prosper. Trust is a vital component in a successful relationship.