How is the story of Cupid and Psyche important in our daily lives?Can you give some situations?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would focus on the moral mentioned in the middle of the story: "Love cannot live where there is no trust."  This is, of course, in reference to Cupid trusting that Psyche would never look upon him.  Once she does and discovers his great beauty, Cupid leaves immediately because of the aforesaid moral.  "Love cannot live where there is no trust" is something that has endless possibilities in our daily lives (and especially in the lives of teenagers).  A few situations spring to my mind.  First, there is the idea of the young man so jealous of his pretty girlfriend that he refuses for her to go out on her own for fear she will meet another man.  (Or worse, a boyfriend who allows the girl to go out, but then beats her up about it either emotionally or physically afterwards.)  Secondly, there is the situation after one of the lovers is caught cheating, or even kissing another person.  Finally, consider the same idea, but focus it upon parental love.  How about a teenager who lies to his/her parents about his/her whereabouts one evening, . . . and then is caught in the lie.  It would also be interesting to contrast this with the idea behind Agape love and the unconditional love of the Christian savior, Jesus Christ, who loves and sacrifices Himself knowing that His followers will continue to sin.

favoritethings eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think seeing women treating one another so terribly in the story can hopefully teach us to support one another.  First Venus becomes jealous of Psyche because Psyche is considered to be more beautiful than Venus. As a result, men stop worshiping Venus.  Venus then tries to take out her anger and jealousy on Psyche, but it does not work, because her son, Cupid, falls in love with Psyche.  

Later, Psyche's own sisters become terribly jealous and vindictive when they realize that she lives in a beautiful palace, and they try to ruin her relationship by getting her to disobey her husband.  Then, when she follows their advice, she alienates her husband with her disobedience. Her mother-in-law, Venus, then tries to torture her with terrible tasks that she could never complete on her own.  In the end, Psyche's good nature wins Cupid back, but the treatment she has received from the other women in the story has been truly awful.  I think we can learn from this by learning to support one another rather than begrudge other women their beauty, relationships, luck, and so forth.  The story shows that the negative qualities never win in the end.

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