In Roman Mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, affection and love. He has been portrayed in a couple different ways through history including the Christian influence in the Middle Ages when he had a dual nature as Earthly and Heavenly love. Later, during the Renaissance, he had complex allegorical meanings while in contemporary popular culture, he is shown as an icon of Valentine’s Day. Often, Cupid is described as “blind” or in paintings, he has a blindfold on. Below is Shakespeare’s description of Cupid in A Midsummer’s Night Dream:
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath love’s mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.
And therefore is love said to be a child
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
What was your interpretation of Cupid growing up? Did he play any roles in childhood fantasies or in your hopes and dreams for the future?