By: Youseff & Destiny
Allusion- An implied or indirect reference to a person, event, or thing; or to a part of another text.
Cupid has the ability to bring love upon others and make them fall in love with others using his arrows.
Venus, the goddess of love and beauty was always upheld for her exquisite beauty. However, upon earth a mortal woman named Psyches was seen as being so beautiful that Venus no longer received the attention. She sent her son cupid for revenge to make her fall in love with a fearsome monster. However, Cupid accidentally pricked himself and fell in love with psyches. As she was destined to marry a monster, Cupid taking his place, married her making certain that she could never see his face in light only visiting in the night. She was well kept within the home and through jealousy her sisters convinced her to look onto the face of her husband. In the night she carried a lamp in the night to look upon his face. She awoke him in the night and all her luxuries as well as her husband disappeared. Later on psyche and cupid's love was mended and Psyche became a goddess.
In association there is an angel like child with an arrow, the heart, and Valentine's day.
Shakespeare chooses to allude to Cupid for the sake that Cupid has the ability to make people fall in love with one another, while that is what is occurring in much ado about nothing.
Beatrice and Benedick's relationship is formed off of the friends who " play cupid" forcing the lovers into being interested in one another and forming the relationship under their jurisdiction.