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Unformatted text preview: December 3, 2007 Myth and Philosophy Apuleius, Cupid and Psyche Why did Apuleius devote almost one-sixth of his novel The Golden Ass to the story of Cupid and Psyche? Parallels between Lucius and Psyche All the inserted tales in The Golden Ass in some way reflect themes or situations of the main story Example: the first inserted tale, told to Lucius by a fellow traveler, is the story of a man whose life was ruined because he got involved with a witch in the very town to with Lucius was traveling What parallels are there between the story of Lucius and the story of Psyche?- Both are young people from good fa milies, with all the a dvant a g e s in the world- Both of the m, through their own fault, b eco m e outcasts in society a nd experience un difficulties What fault of Psyche results in her downfall?- Curiosity: h er sisters persua d e h er to ignore her husba nds warnings a nd g et a look at a g ainst his will Lucius downfall is also caus e d by his curiosity: h es keen to spy on a witch, de spite...
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