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Archetypal Narrative

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Alex Koch

on 4 February 2014

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Transcript of Archetypal Narrative

Archetypal Narratives
Archetypal Narrative
- story that follows certain guidelines and that is understood universaly
The story "Cupid and Psyche" was written by Sally Benson. It is a love story about a beautiful princess named psyche and cupid. Despite his mothers disapproval cupid brings Psyche up to the heavens to be his wife. Trouble ensues when Psyche tries to find her secret husband's true identity. While trying to find out who her husband is she accidentally burns him. He disappears and Psyche has to complete many impossible deeds that Venus has her do to be reunited with her husband. in the ending Cupid and Psyche are reunited with each other.
Elements of Archetypal Narratives
The story "Ashputtle" was translated by Ralph Manheim. This is a love story about a girl who is mistreated by her family that uses magic to complete task so she is able to go to the Prince ball and dance with the prince. Every time the Prince wants to go home with the girl, she runs away before he could catch her. Ashputtle must make sure her family doesn't know she was dancing with the prince. One night at the ball Ashputtle tries to run away she loses her slipper, so the Prince goes to her house to see who the slipper fit. The slipper fit Ashputtle and they lived happily ever after.
Cupid and Psyche
Pattern of three: 3 daughters
Series of tasks: psyche had to separate all the different grains
Mean or jealous relatives: Psyche's two sisters
Hero: Cupid
Supernatural guide: the magical voice
Rewarding ending: Cupid saves Psyche when she fell into a never ending sleep
Patterns of three: three daughters
Series of tasks: pick out the lentils from the ashes in 2 hours
Mean or jealous relatives: mean stepmom father and sisters
Hero: the prince
Supernatural guide: Ashputtle's dead mom
Good ending: Ashputtle goes with the prince and they live happily ever after

Historical Significance
Cupid and Psyche
Culture: Goddess
Cultural value in citizens: True love well always find way, and is also affected by the actions one person.
Culture: German
Culture value and citizens: Hard work pays off. Keep on doing good even though bad going on and good will eventually come your way.
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