The Symbol of Twins Analytical Essay by scribbler

The Symbol of Twins
An analysis of the symbolism of twins in religions, movies and relationships.
# 152556 | 1,352 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2013 in History (General) , Film (General)

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The paper discusses the symbol of twins and points out that they are vaguely surreal; they are two separate individuals, yet they are oftentimes one and the same in thought and deed. The paper analyzes the symbolism of the divine twin in Greece, India and the Mayan religions, and looks at the symbolism of twins in Stanley Kubrick's movies, "The Shining" and "Star Wars" and Wagner's "The Ring Cycle". In addition, the paper reveals that twins represent our desire for a perfect, loving relationship. The paper shows how twins were, and will likely continue to be, a compelling symbol of many things.

From the Paper:

"Let us first begin by analyzing the symbolism of the divine twin. Divine twins are a recurring theme in countless religions, from Greece and India to the Mayan religions. The Dioscuri, more often known as the Gemini, were ancient Greek gods. They were born from the seduction of Leda, the daughter of the king of Sparta, by Zeus. As they grew up, they became demigods and heroes, saving sailors and grew into an excellent boxer and a horsemen respectively. Pollux, one side of the divine duo, was granted immortality because he became the god of horses, due to his proficiency as a horsemen. When Castor, the other side of the duo, died, Pollux requested from Zeus that they share their immortality between them, alternating days in Hades and Olympus. ("Castor and Pollux", 2010) Pollux sacrificed his immortality so that his brother could share in his own glory. It is often said that myths are a reflection of the culture they are spawned from. If that is true, then Castor and Pollux represent the value of sacrifice that the Romans must have held so high."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Di Gaetani, John Louis (1978). Penetrating Wagner's Ring: An Anthology. New York: Da Capo Press.
  • Friedman, Joan. (2008). Emotionally Healthy Twins: Raising Two Unique Children. Boston: Da Capo Press.
  • King, S. (1977). The Shining. New York City: Double Day.
  • Lucas, G. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. (1980). [Digital Versatile Disc]. Century City, Los Angeles, U.S.: 20th Century Fox.
  • TEDLOCK, DENNIS (trans.) (1985). Popol Vuh: the Definitive Edition of the Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life and the Glories of Gods and Kings. New York: Simon and Schuster.

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