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In Apuleius’ Metamorphosis, I found it interesting how Venus is portrayed as the villain. In “Cupid and Psyche” for example, the textbook states that she acts similar to the wicked stepmother or witch common throughout fairytales.

Personally, I’d imagine the goddess of love to have a loving personality — something that compliments all that she stands for. However, taking into consideration that the heroes in myth are often to be portrayed as an individual anyone could relate to, I suppose it then makes sense that something so grand and untouchable would be perceived as the villain or impediment to a successful adventure.

It’s also interesting to consider that a mortal being could be the near equivalent to a goddess. This is similar to other Roman myths, such as the stories regarding Prometheus as the trickster who challenges Zeus, as the gods creating mortal beings that are in some way equivalent to the gods is obviously unintentional, however inspires humans to achieve greatness and power. 

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