Sarah Webber and Noah Griffin
Allusion: An indirect reference to a person, place, event, or idea without going into great detail about the reference.
Cupid is an example of allusion as shown in Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About Nothing". Cupid is the god of love and is armed with a bow and a group of arrows, often shown as a naked baby boy with wings. Cupid is most associated with Valentines day due to his myth of being able to make people fall in love. One story most well known that is associated with Cupid is the one concerning Cupid and Psyche. In this story, Venus becomes very jealous of Psyche since the people began to neglect Venus due to Psyche's beauty. Venus asks her son, Cupid, to make Psyche fall in love with a monster. When Cupid first saw Psyche, he fell in love with her beauty and pricked himself with the arrow instead. Although he pricked himself, her parents took her to the top of the mountain to marry a monster and was waited on by invisible servants and was told by her husband that she must never try to see him. Psyche began to feel homesick and convinced her husband to let her sisters visit her. Once the sisters saw how Psyche was living, they became very jealous and told Psyche to kill him since he was just fattening her up to eat her. When Psyche went to kill him, she saw Cupid and accidentally woke him up by dropping hot wax on his shoulder. When he awoke, he left immediately and left Psyche to room for her husband. Eventually, she decided to go to Venus in desperation to find Cupid. Venus decided to set various tasks on Psyche and when Cupid found out, he persuaded Jupiter to stop Venus from continuing. Afterwards, Psyche and Cupid married and lived the typical "happy ever after" which made Psyche a goddess.
In the play "Much Ado About Nothing", Claudio would be alluded to Cupid due to the fact that he easily falls in love with Hero as soon as he sees her. The importance shows that love is a very important factor in either creating happiness or causing issues. Shakespeare would include Cupid since the play is mainly about the whole idea of love, whether it be Hero and Claudio or Beatrice and Benedick. Cupid is surrounded by conflict and change since love can cause both of these issues. For example, in the play at the wedding Claudio loves Hero but believes she has been unfaithful to him as he saw her with another man in her bedroom the night before the wedding.
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