I think it’s really interesting, albeit perhaps a bit premature, to think about Laura’s relationship to the gods, and specifically to Luci, through an Apollonian/Dionysian Hegelian dialectic. (The reason I think this is interesting is because I am a horrid, boring graduate student. I AM CASSANDRA OKAY I’M SORRY.) 1,500 word essay continues under the cut.
And now I can’t stop thinking about this, so:
* “Laura” comes from “laurel”. Laurel wreaths were a symbol of Apollo, since the nymph Daphne tried to escape from Apollo and was turned into a laurel. Laura wants to escape her Apollonean nature.
* The trick that Lucifer “bringer of light” performs more often is lighting her thumb.
* If Luci and Laura are the heroes, Cassandra is the Chorus. She tells the audience about the context, she is a moral compass, and she cannot intervene.