Read either the tale of Cupid and Psyche from Apuleius’ Metamorphoses (The Golden
Ass) or Sophocles’ The Women of Trachis. Links to both are posted on Canvas.
Choose one of the following directions to write 700-800 words:
1) Find another version of the story with which to compare what you chose to read.
This can be a piece of art, literature, song, movie, etc. How does each artist use
the myth and the idea of love? Remember that we are studying Aphrodite/Eros
this week—mention of them should occur in your analysis of love.
2) Explore the question “What does love make mortals do?” In other words, who is
responsible for the actions of the story? This question certainly will involve
“getting into” the mind of the characters, but you should also keep in mind that
we are studying Aphrodite/Eros this week. How is the author shaping the myth
with an eye to these deities?
For either option 1 or 2, you need to find 2-3 additional sources to support your analysis.
These must be scholarly sources, not a random person tweeting from their basement.
Please email if you are unsure if your source “counts.” If you are discussing a piece of
art, song, etc. include in a footnote how I can access the piece.
This is a formal paper, and as such there are certain minimum requirements of format
• The paper is to be double-spaced, 12 pt. font, with one-inch margins on all sides,
and no extra space after paragraphs.
• Use tab indentation, not double spacing between paragraphs.
• Your paper title, your name, the course number and name (GNHU 285:
Mythology), and the date should appear on the cover page only.
• Number the pages in the upper right-hand corner.
• Do not use silly fonts; Times New Roman or Calibri are good choices.
• Check that the font and font size are consistent throughout (including headers,
title page, bibliography, quotations, etc.)
• You need citations and a bibliography page with full Chicago or MLA citations—I
do not care which citation style you choose, but be consistent throughout the
paper. Do not forget to cite the main work you read to analyze (i.e. the text of
Apuleius or Sophocles).
• The paper should be as free as possible from mechanical and grammatical
• Do not use contractions!
(Yes, these matters can and will affect your grade.)