Cupid And Psyche And Ashputtle Comparison

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“Ashputtle” by Ralph Manheim and “Cupid and Psyche” by Sally Benson, are two short stories that are alike but tell two different stories. “Ashputtle” is a story about a woman named Ashputtle, that found her prince and got a happily ever after. The story “Cupid and Psyche” is about a woman named Psyche that found her prince named Cupid, but lost him due to curiosity, but then ended up forever united with him. Here are some of the similarities and differences between the two short stories. A similarity that I have seen between the two stories “Ashputtle” and “Cupid and Psyche” would be, they had to perform multiple tasks to be able to do something or achieve something. In the story “Ashputtle” she has to sort lentils so be able to go to the …show more content…

In the story “Ashputtle” Ashputtle was treated very poorly, as seen in this quote, “Comb our hair, brush our shoes, and fasten our buckles.” (Manheim,854). She was treated differently from her sisters because she was not as beautiful as they were. Also she was treated poorly due to her being from her father 's previous marriage, where his wife died and left her behind. In the story “Cupid and Psyche” Psyche was treated extremely well as seen in this quote, “Psyche was the loveliest maiden in the whole world.” (Benson,844) She was treated this way because of her looks. She was seen to be the most beautiful woman in the land, and this making her life very wonderful. The people from the village would bring her all kinds of treats and presents. Ashputtle on the other hand did not have anything, and had to sleep in the ashes in the kitchen. This is one of the differences that I have found in the two stories “Ashputtle and “Cupid and Psyche.” Both of the stories “Ashputtle” and “Cupid and Psyche” have multiple similarities and differences. They tell the same story, but in two different ways. One is the most beautiful woman with all the riches and the other is a dirty and dusty worker. Even though they are treated two different way and have different things, they end up having the same fate and this is what makes the two stories “Ashputtle and “Cupid and Psyche” the same, but also

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