Asking about Cupidi'm working on my Cupid presentation.. i need to ask you a few questions 1. why cupid is the god of love and why he is a symbol of a valentine day? 2. what is the works,...

Asking about Cupid

i'm working on my Cupid presentation.. i need to ask you a few questions

1. why cupid is the god of love and why he is a symbol of a valentine day?

2. what is the works, litertures, or product that were inspired by cupid in Medieval ers, Ranaissance, Romantic and so on

3.why we always see cupid in a child figure? is he grow up

4.what is the effect of cupid today?

5.what is cupid character that i should mention on my presentation?

 

thanks you

Expert Answers
lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator
  1. Cupid was the god of love because he was the son of Venus, the goddess of love (Roman mythology).
  2. Since he was the child of Venus, he is seen as a child with his bow and arrow. One legend says that his mother, Venus, was jealous of the princess Psyche because people were worshipping her instead of Venus, so she sent her little boy on an errand to shoot Psyche with his arrows (which would make a person fall in love with the first one he/she set eyes on - Shakespeare uses this story in Midsummer Night's Dream). Cupid fell in love with Psyche, however, so that ruined everything.
  3. Shakespeare is one who was inspired by the Cupid story (see above). Others, too - do some digging. There are many poems that speak of "Cupid's arrows," etc., also many depictions of Cupid in art, sculpture, etc.
  4. In mythology, Cupid does grow up and marry Psyche- but most representations of him are as a child, or at least as a young person, often a baby.
  5. Cupid is used as a symbol of love today, especially for Valentine's Day. I think it might be interesting for you to show some contemporary pictures of Cupid from Valentine's cards, and then do some research and print out some pictures of him as he is portrayed in ancient art and sculpture - but be careful because some of the statutes are naked and may not be appropriate for your audience. You are a college student, so it should be OK.