Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cupid and Psyche vs. The Frog King

     I believe that the Greek tale Cupid and Psyche is nothing like the German tale The Frog King. There are some major differences between these two stories. A main is the story line in general. There is really no similarities involved in the story line other than the fact that Psyche is a princess. In The Frog King by the Brother's Grimm, the princess drops her golden ball in a well. A talking frog agrees to retrieve it for her if she promises to be his companion (marriage). She willingly promises this because she wants her gold ball back and realizes that this little frog can't do anything if I don't keep my promise. Once the ball is retrieved for the princess she goes back to her palace and leaves the frog by the well. Later when she is eating dinner the frog is at the door and yelling for her to come let him in and keep her promise. Her father hears this and makes the princess follow through with her promise of being the frogs company. Later that night when her father makes her take the frog to bed with her, once she gets to her room she throws him against the wall, then he turned into a handsome prince. When the princess realized this they fell asleep together. The next morning the princes servant, Heinrich arrived with the carriage. He was so overwhelmed by the princes enchantment that he had to wrap three iron bands around his hear to keep it from bursting with sorrow. When they were all pulling away in the carriage, the bands burst because he was so happy his master was back.
     Cupid and Psyche is different in many ways. It is still a more fantasy of a tale, but it is based off of the myths of the ancient Greek gods. Psyche is a beautiful mortal who the goddess, Venus, is inherently jealous of due to mortals constantly comparing Psyche's beauty to hers. She sends her son cupid to cause Psyche to be madly in love with an undeserving man as her punishment. Cupid makes a mistake and accidently causes him to be in love with Psyche. Psyche is obsessed with getting married and because of her immense beauty she is denial as to why a rich and high class suitor hasn't come her way and demanded marriage. They then consulted the oracle of Apollo and found out that Psyche was destined for a hideous monster at the top of the mountain. Once Psyche was taken to her fate, she found pounds, beauty, a huge house filled with everything she could desire and more. Her husband only came at night and would not let her see him. Eventually her husband allowed her to bring her sisters up to her sanctuary and they implanted the idea in her head to sneak a peak at her husband with a lamp at night, and if he was a monster to kill him. Her husband caught her doing this the next night. Her husband turned out to be Cupid. As her punishment, Cupid leaves her forever. Psyche is so distraught and doesn't know what to do she goes out looking for her husband. She comes across Ceres, who gives her the advice to go to Venus's temple and beg for her forgiveness. Psyche does this. Venus makes her complete a few tasks and each time does not believe that Psyche could have completed them alone. Her final task is to receive some beauty in a box from Proserpine and bring it back to Venus to heal her son. Psyche is too not look inside or open the box, but again her curiosity fails her and she opens the box and is put into a deep sleep. By this time cupid is better. He could not stand being away from Psyche so he consults the help of Jupiter, who pleads the case to Venus. She eventually agrees and Psyche becomes immortal and her and Cupid can finally be together.
     These two tales are different for many different reasons. The tale itself is completely different with only a few striking similarities. One similarity I find very clear is the attitude of the princess's. Both are quite selfish and material item obsessed.Once Psyche sees her palace, she doesn't complain at all about not seeing her husband or any one else. The princess in The Frog King is only concerned with herself and what makes her happy. She doesn't intend on keeping her promise to the frog. These stories are inherently different with really only one or two similarities.

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