Allusion: A figure of speech whereby the author refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference.
Describe Your Character:
Cupid is usually pursued as an unclothed baby or man with wings, a bow, and a sheath of arrows. Cupid causes others to fall, in love by shooting an arrow at them, making them fall in love with the first person they see. As the son of Aphrodite, Cupid falls in love with Psyche, known for her beauty. Aphrodite was driven mad by the fact that she was worshipped for this so she sent a plague and the only way, she declared, to get rid of the plague was to kill psyche. Cupids father had him tied up as Psyche left towards her death. Cupid gotten free and married the princess. Valentines day is associated with love, containing the god of love, Cupid who shoots couples to have them fall in love.
Why would Shakespeare choose to allude to your character?
In Act 1 Scene 1 Beatrice states, “Benedick once put up a public notice in Messina challenging Cupid to an archery match. My uncle’s jester accepted the contest on Cupid’s behalf but used toy arrows at the shooting match.” This is one reference Shakespeare made to Cupid the little baby that makes people fall in love. Benedick challenged Cupid, the love creator, to an archery match because he wanted to take Cupid down so that he would not fall in love. Shakespeare included these lines because Bendick had earlier swore to be a bachelor forever and never get married. Benedick did not want to take the risk and have Cupid be the cause of Beatrice’s and his love for each other.
How does the stories about your character relate to the theme of Conflict and Change in MAAN?
The myth of Cupid and psyche is much like Claudio and Hero. The explanation behind this would be metaphorical in how Claudio is tied up. Claudio is tied up in lies of Hero so he leaves her at the alter. There is a major difference. In the myth Cupid never leaves Psyches side while Claudio leaves Hero's. There was a time where Cupid had divorced Psyche because she had dripped wax on him while she gawked at him. The wax would be the hiccup of a lie in Claudio's and Hero's relationship, causing Claudio to leave Hero at the alter.
Gill, N.S. "The Valentine's Day Myth of Cupid and Psyche." The Myth of Cupid and Psyche. About.com, 2015. Web. 07 May 2015. <http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/cupidandpsyche/a/CupidandPsyche.htm>.