|Cupid and Psyche, the ones with super young Cupid were really freaking me out http://romanhistorybooks.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c504553ef01156fb61ad2970c-800wi|
|It was really hard to pick, so I used two Beauty in the Beast images, oh well... http://www.noosfere.org/images/couv/c/castor60266-1999.jpg|
Our beauties are subject to major misfortunes; Beauty must deal with her father losing his fortune and Psyche must deal with the mortals calling her lovelier than Venus, which sends the vengeful goddess into an absolute fit and cursing Psyche so that no mortal will ever love her, because she’s nice like that. Both ladies go to their respective beasts “willingly” and end up at giant beautiful palaces far from any semblance of civilization (so nobody can hear their screams…except not really). They both also require magical aid, such as the sleep transport and the winds of Zephyr, to make it to their abodes. Once they are there both beauties are treated to magic that can fulfill their every desire, however they cannot see their beasts often. Beauty gets to see hers at a certain time, and therefore does not have the curiosity of what he looks like. Psyche only knows of her new husband’s voice and that he wants only love, well unless you count her having seen Cupid when he was cursing her and she had him wound himself with his own arrow. They are married based on someone else’s wishes. Beauty’s beast is cursed, unlike Cupid. In fact the person who is cursed in Cupid and Psyche is Psyche. Also, Psyche’s “beast?” he’s never a beast…
In both stories the sisters play important roles, although awful sisters seem to be a common piece of fairy tales... Beauty and Psyche both have three sisters, Beauty even has brothers. The sisters in both stories are less beautiful than their youngest sister and are far more involved in the world around them. They get their own husbands, but become jealous of the beauties and try to get the riches for their selves, eventually causing their downfall through a fall to their deaths (Cupid and Psyche) or an eternity spent living as a statue unless they can change their attitudes (La Belle et la Bête). The sisters cause both beauties to almost ruin their relationships; Beauty through getting her to stay and almost kill the Beast and Psyche by convincing her to try and kill her beast. In doing so both beauties injure their loved ones; Beauty by the Beast’s starvation and Psyche through dripping hot candle wax. They have to redeem their love by going on their own “searches” as the AT system would describe, although Psyche traveling to so many places would definitely be considered a quest in my eyes. The fact that Psyche must actually go on a quest is due to her foolish curiosity, something that Beauty does not have. In that way I don’t really feel bad for Psyche like I do for Beauty. Psyche could have asked Cupid to see her and try to get him to be more of a companion, like Beauty looked forward to her 9 o’clock dinners with Beast. Both beasts have magic to help their ladies return to them, and at the end the ladies end up with their respective beautiful husbands, Belle’s Beast having gone through a transformation thanks to the same fairy that cursed him. Hooray, we have happy endings, and that seems to be a fitting way to end this post. You all can read happily ever after now that this blog post is over, transformed like those from the story. I know I'm certainly happy because it's 2 AM and I'm finally done this because I have no time to do it tomorrow.
As a side note: does anyone remember that show Beauty and the Geek produced by Ashton Kutcher? I do, and they definitely gave the geeks makeovers so they could transform as well, although some of them were still jerks and lacked virtues unlike the wonderful Beast. Anyway yea, just wondering if you guys remembered because it's what I've been continously thinking of while reading these.