Sunday, October 26, 2014

Once Upon a Times Have Bridezillas Too

             After reading “The Frog King” and the tale of Cupid and Psyche, marrying a beast does not seem all that bad.  In the end, both the princess and Psyche marry a handsome man that is able to provide for their every need and give them their happily ever after. However, both of these women did not know their husbands prior to their marriage and in both were unaware of their husband’s appearance when they first met.
            In both tales, the female protagonist is the youngest and most beautiful daughter of a King. After that, the princess and Psyche are very different. In, “The Frog King”,
the princess is selfish and childish. She plays with a golden ball, and when she looses it in the well, she makes promises that she doesn’t intend to keep to the frog that retrieves it.  She is forced by her father to keep the promises she made by allowing him to sit with her, eat off of her golden plate, drink out of her cup. The princess follows the frog’s demands until he wants to be placed in her bed.  She throws him against the wall, magically turning into a handsome prince, “with kind and beautiful eyes”. After his appearance changed from a slimy frog to a handsome prince, she openly accepts him as her husband. Only accepting him after he has transformed from his beastly state to his handsome princely form, the princess varies from Psyche.
            In the Greek tale, Psyche is the youngest of three daughters who has a beauty that rivals Venus. As a way to get back at her, Venus sends her son Cupid to have her fall in love with a monster, but because of a clumsy mistake, the two become forever intertwined. After the prophecy by the oracle of Apollo, Psyche goes to the valley and is taken by Zephyr, the west wind, to her new home. Psyche is accepting of her own fate and she meets her husband in the dark of night, never knowing what he looks like, but comes to love him anyway.  Psyche and her husband live in bliss and peace until she is convinced by her jealous sisters to try and see the “monster” of a husband she is married too. As a result, with a lantern and knife, Psyche sees her husband Cupid, and spills hot wax on him. When he awakens, he leaves her because of her lack of trust in him and for listening to her sisters. Psyche then has to earn her husband and his love back by completing three tasks set by Venus. Psyche completes these tasks and is able to gain her husband back.
            The two women at the center of these tales vary with their character and how they accept their beastly husbands. The princess in, “The Frog King”, does not accept her husband in his beast form. Only when he is human and handsome is she able to transform her hatred into love. In the tale of Cupid and Psyche, Psyche accepts and loves her husband before she knows what he looks like. When she questions him, she then works to gain back his trust and love so that they too can have their happy ever after.  

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