Serendipity happens. I was reading Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Gods In Everyman and had just seen National Theatre Live’s broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus. I realized that Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Coriolanus was the perfect manifestation of the Greek god archetype Ares.
This had happened before-when I was reading Bolen’s Goddesses in Everywoman and realized that the female characters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fell so very neatly into Bolen’s model. I’m still working on this series of essays. After all there’s seven seasons and 144 episodes and nine characters to explore.
In Bolen’s book, Gods In Everyman, she discusses the Procrustean bed. Everyone on their way to Athens was placed on Procrustes’ bed. If they were too short, they were stretched out as on a medieval torture device. If they were too tall, their limbs were cut off to fit the bed. Bolen likens the pressure of…
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