Monday, February 6, 2017

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 Tuesday, February 14th, 2017.

24 comments:

Hunter E said...

"One night, however, her dear though unseen husband spoke gravely to her and warned her that danger in the shape of her two sisters was approaching. "They are coming to the hill where you disappeared, to weep for you," he said; "but you must not let them see you or you will bring great sorrow upon me and ruin to yourself." She promised him she would not, but all the next day she passed in weeping, thinking of her sisters and herself unable to comfort them. She was still in tears when her husband came and even his caresses could not check them. At last he yielded sorrowfully to her great desire. "Do what you will," he said, "but you are seeking your own destruction." Then he warned her solemnly not to be persuaded by anyone to try to see him, on pain of being separated from him forever. Psyche cried out that she would never do so". (Hamilton). In this text, Cupid tempts Psyche with not looking at him. Ina relationship, there can be trust, but to an extent human nature takes over creating a sense of unknowing. My reaction to the text was confusion. I found it confusing how Cupid expected Psyche not to try and find her, with something as heavily as not ever seeing him. I also was confused why Cupid thought she broke such great trust.

Abby G said...

In the story about Cupid and Psyche, in “Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes” by Edith Hamilton, there is a central theme of trust. Cupid, who is the god of love, and Psyche, whose name translates to “soul”, are married. Together they make “Love and the Soul” (134). This combination of their characters is essentially the definition of trust: letting the thoughts and feelings of one’s own soul become as close as possible to the souls of those they love. However, the relationship between Cupid and Psyche isn’t completely trusting. This is shown when, against all instruction from Cupid not to do so, Psyche “tiptoed to the bed and holding the light high above her she gazed at what lay there” (127). Cupid had to leave her out of betrayal, saying, “Love cannot live where there is no trust” (127). But when there is no trust, nothing bonds lovers together as there is no obligation to be faithful and true to one another. One other idea about trust that is included in this story is the idea that doubt is the thought that ultimately breaks trust. Psyche finds doubt her downfall in the relationship as she was “torn by doubt and distracted what to do. She loved him;he was her dear husband. No; he was a horrible serpent and she loathed him. She would kill him- she would not. She must have certainty- she did not want certainty. So all day long her thoughts fought with each other” (127). Doubt becomes the cause of Psyche’s betrayal and causes her to break the trust that bonded her love. However, through giving up her doubt through her trials with Venus, Psyche is able to regain Cupid’s trust in order to reseal their bonds of love.

zoec2019 said...

In the myth of Cupid and Psyche trust is a big topic in their relationship. In the story Cupid and Psyche are married. The odd factor to their relationship is trust, because Psyche is only allowed to see cupid's face and only sees him at night. “torn by doubt and distracted what to do. She loved him;he was her dear husband. No; he was a horrible serpent and she loathed him. She would kill him- she would not. She must have certainty- she did not want certainty. So all day long her thoughts fought with each other” (127). Finally she started to doubt her husband and she was so curious that she goes to see what he looks like and she breaks the vow that they made. Cupid is angry because she was not trustworthy. But in the end both Cupid and Psyche were both not trustworthy to each other.

Nori said...

In the short story about Cupid and Psyche it told a story about the relationship between the two and how curiosity got into the way. When she saw her sisters, they planted the question of why her husband wouldn’t show his face to her. “She had wondered so often why he would never let her see him. There must be some dreadful reason. What did she really know about him? If he was not horrible to look at, then he was cruel to forbid her ever to behold him.” In the end her curiosity brought her suffering as she searched for him when he left. Trust in a relationship is important because it’s the foundation of a healthy relationship. “Love cannot live where there is no trust," he said, and flew away. 'The God of Love!" she thought. "He was my husband, and I, wretch that I am, could not keep faith with him.” Both of them didn’t trust each other and that is why their relationship didn’t last long.

Zach M said...

In "The Myth Cupid and Psyche trust is a main theme. My reaction to the trust is that you must have lots of trust in your mate. Cupid had tons of trust in Psyche. One example is when he said" Do what you will do, but you are seeking your own desires".(pg 124) This is showing trust because Cupid is trusting Psyche is going to make the right decision instead of him telling her the right choice. Later on it then says Psyche kept her faith and made the right choice. Now Cupid can trust Psyche even more because she gained it. I think trust is very important in a lot of things and in the myth Cupid and Psyche they say the same thing. I also think it is bad to break someones trust because then it would be really hard to gain the trust back.

John M said...

In "The Myth of Cupid and Psyche" trust plays a highly important role. I personally think that trust is important and lack of trust leads to a relationship that will fail. For example, when Phyche dares look at Cupid, she betrays him and directly or indirectly causes all of the horrible events to occur. The Myth stands as a lesson to us all, trust those you love and everything will be all right.

T.J. A said...

The story of cupid and psyche hits very lose to home. Relationships are built on trust, if there is no trust there is no relationship, they would be enemies to sum it up. I can see cupid's point of view, when he flew off and never returned to Psyche because she disobeyed his simple rule. The relationship ended because there was no trust, cupid did not trust her anymore, let alone sleep inside of the same house.

elianam2019 said...

"The Myth of Cupid and Psyche" shows what a huge aspect trust is in all relationships. It also presents the power that doubt and fear of the unknown can do to one's trust, even in those that we love. Cupid and Psyche's story proves that trust can be a very fragile thing and that if people let fear and doubt consume them and their thoughts, that trust can be lost without any fault from the person who loses the trust from their loved one. This myth also shows that the loss of trust can be mutual. When Psyche lost trust in Cupid and looked at his face, Cupid lost trust in Psyche because she broke her promise and looked at him. When trust is lost in a relationship, it is extremely hard to make the relationship last.

Brooke Rivera said...

The myth does show the importance of trust in relationships. That one gives so much trusts and expects that the other understands that trust and does not break it because of the consequence it has of they do break it. It shows how easy trust is to lose and also emphasizes that once it is lost that it is hard to gain back or never comes back.Trust is important in all relationships.

MayaK said...

Cupid and Psyche are the epitome of relationship issues. Cupid gave Psyche everything she could have wanted including food, shelter, and materials. However, that was not enough for Psyche she had to see who was behind that cloak. Rather that accepting what she was given she did not end up trusting her partner and succumbed to the desire to see cupid's form. Trust is important in this relationship because of one simple rule that Psyche broke: looking at Cupid's face, and she lost everything. This myth really exemplifies how breaking that bond with curiosity can completely shatter the walls of a relationship.

Ashlynn B said...

"The Myth of Cupid and Psyche" shows that trust is important in a relationship. In order to keep a relationship, there has to be trust with each other and that is what Cupid and Psyche did. They trusted each other too much which led to breaking promises. Psyche broke her promise by doing something that she wasn't suppose to do. When you can't trust someone in a relationship, then the relationship isn't worth it.

Becca Beaty said...

Curiosity killed the cat, or in this case, their love life. Cupid placed so much trust in this girl but in something that was so unreasonable. But the point isn't the strange nature of the myth but instead the value of trusting your partner. Once trust is broken it is very difficult to mend. In cupid's case it was so heart breaking he left and would never return.

nellya2019 said...

Trust plays an important role in this myth. Once trust has been broken, it's hard to get it back. Relationships are built on being able to trust your partner and betraying that trust can end relationships, just like Cupid and Psyche's.

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Kyle L said...

I find it interesting, I thought that this meant love at first site was fake but then I read the other blogs and started to think about trust. When Cupid flew away, it was because he lost all of her trust for not following his rule. For some reason I thought of prisoners and thought about, if they lose people's trust they will be isolated for a while, like Psyche.

BrianT881 said...

In the myth, quote Cupid and Psyche”, Cupid and Psyche I’m married. It’s sad that site couldn’t see Cupid except for a night. The main conflict of interest was the level of trust between the two. It seems that Psyche couldn’t deal with not knowing what Cupid looked like. She felt like she didn’t trust him anymore. The awful thing is is that when you put so much trust into one person, it can sometimes backfire. In this case that backfired on Cupid. Psyche “tiptoed to the bed and holding the light high above her she gazed at what lay there” (100). Cupid lay there where Psyche could see him. That is the point where Cupid lost trust in Psyche. My personal view on this matter is that love with no trust is not love it all. Love is much more than attraction. It is trust, devotion, and sacrifice (Just to name a few). Much like your first words, once you break trust you cannot get it back. That is often why relationships and badly, because the trust was lost, they tried to regain it, and it was lost again. It is sad, but it seems this is how the world works. Either trust is never broken or a never-ending cycles of breaking trust.

devonm67 said...

To have a functioning relationship there has to be more the trust. There has to honesty, commutation, and trust, without these's parts a it's not a true healthy relationship. Cupid straight up lied to Psyche, he fixed it so she would only know of him being a hideous beast. It was till others came into the story that demanded the truth and that Cupid shouldn't have to lie to her to have love. A relationship built only on the idea of trust is a failure waiting to happen, there's no such thing as easy love. Love is a hardship that's meant to be equally carried by all partners not by the lies one side has built. If it was for the others Cupid would have kept the lie and Psyche would never truly be his wife, even with Venus blessing.

Julia Peres said...

"The Myth Cupid and Psyche" is a story about a relationship that was broken because Psyche didn't followed the only rule that she had to, which was that she couldn't look to Cupid's face, and she did. The story is a lesson about how trust, at least in my opinion, is the most important thing in any relationship. Without trust there is no respect and partnership.

Duncan said...

I find the Myth of Cupid and Psyche to mirror the almost constant wondering and curiosity in relationships. Sometimes you just cannot help but be curious and find out something about your partner. While she did breach the trust, I see it as a natural curiosity and human reaction when it comes to being told to not do something. We need trust, but we also need to explore.

Jake A. said...

After reading the myth of Cupid and Psyche, I have been reminded of how important trust is to a relationship. that being said I think there is more than the idea of trust that makes cupid not want psyche to see him. I believe that he sees a relationship as a completely cooperative journey, not just something that is good for each individual in the relationship. The moment Psyche became fearful of her husband and desired to betray his order of not looking at him in her own self concern the relationship had lost its value. This is seen in the following quote, "Psyche, aghast, felt terror flooding her heart instead of love"(99).

TylerL319 said...

Trust is something that you have to earn not just something that can be created. I think that trust is something that is viewed by other by if they except you or not. Trust is something that can used for all people but in this case with Cupid, trust is something that you always put into someone and they have to be the ones careful not to break it.

Pond Slayer said...

trrust is more of an earned thing as apposed to something just given to someone. IN la case of love trust is very important and if you break it you loose alot

Sid E. said...

Trust in a relationship, is the most important part. Once trust is broken, there is not much left, and most of the time that withers away as well.

Once you break trust with a loved one, you have to make up for it. By being truthful, and genuinely sorry for a long time.

Dillon T. said...

Trust is a very important thing in cupid and psyches relationship. The fact that Cupid and Psyche are married and that Psyche cannot see cupid's face and only sees him at night. “torn by doubt and distracted what to do. She loved him;he was her dear husband. No; he was a horrible serpent and she loathed him. She would kill him- she would not. She must have certainty- she did not want certainty. So all day long her thoughts fought with each other” (127). She began to loose her trust in her husband and she was so curious that she goes to see what he looks like and she breaks the vow that they made. Because she did not trust him, Cupid is very upset because she was not trustworthy. In the end both Cupid and Psyche were neither trusting or fiathful to each other.