Happy too am I!
Where are you, my love?
Hello. I am Alexandre Dirge.
And I dub Alice and Finch’s life to be an Archetypal Comedy, and therefore eternal.
Now I digress from my memories of their love story to bring you evidence with the help of Northrop Frye.
Elements of Archetypal Comedy
These are the elements that occur in nearly all love stories (and realities) across nearly all cultures. (Sorry barbarians, you are hardly romantic.)
Two lovers. Two lovers who are destined for each other, often both secretly of noble blood; prince and princess. No explanation needed here.
(I will add, however, that the connection to royalty is a very Jewish tradition. For more, read,Song of Songs, which may or may not have been written by King Solomon, or contact your local Rabbi.)
Flawed Society. The society is flawed; even if the only flaw is that it does not approve of, or actively denies the love of the heroes.
- Angry Father. The father represents society itself. Thus, often the father directly manifests the society’s disaproval of the heroes love. The father, usually the maiden’s father, but it could be as distant as a grandfather or even another member of the society, becomes a blocking character.
You can see conflict and excitement, and even longing on the horizon by now, surely.
Instant Love. There is nothing in between the lovers. It is as if they have known each other forever. They slip into each others’ lives as easily as they slip into each others’ arms. Love at first sight may be something only found in the realm of fantasy, but surely love at his words must be real.
This is, of course, how I fell in love.
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
(Authorized King James Version, Job. 23.12 2, emphasis mine, italics in original)
Separation. How tragic! The lovers mus separate. It is either caused by a chaos or double chaos (brigands are a chaos. Water is a chaos as well, so pirates, thieves of the sea, are a double chaos.) Usually, however, it is the society’s failure in tandem with a chaos that sets it off.
- Society. The society did not approve of Alice, the little monster, except for the other outcasts such as Finch the bookworm, the Metch priest, Prince Chloe Rhye, and myself. The guard were the final straw, urged by Ilias, and caused by…
- Chaos. Alice is a chaos, because we don’t know (at least we didn’t know) what she was, what a Plainkind was. Plus, she was coming into puberty at the time, another chaos from within.
(The chaos being internal instead of external is, of course, very intriguing to me.)
Struggle to find oneness. Often this process brings out the woman’s beauty and desirably, as she longs for her husband-to-be. In the man, it brings out the same longing, and in some cases, even suicidal thoughts; “If I cannot be with her, I do not want to live!” (Infamously, Chaereas from one of the most ancient novels, Chaereas and Callirhoe, tried to die at least three times.)
- Longing. Most of the wishes for death and disparity comes from longing. The pair are soul mates, and without each other, the world is but nothing, they are broken.
Fuck it all and fuckin’ no regrets
I hit the lights on these dark steps
Medallion noose, I hang myself
Saint Anger ’round my neck
And I choke… on the cross
As I hang… as I’m hanging
I just wanna die today
I just wanna die
Will tell you why
I’m madly in anger with you
I feel my world shake
Like an earth quake
Hard to see clear
Is it me? Is it fear?
Searching my head
For the words that you said
The light at the end of the tunnel
Was turned off
And something I noticed
Beating you is thrilling me
I’ve got a secret for you
Tears filled my eyes
As we said our last goodbyes
This sad scene replays
Of you walking away
The tides of change pulled us apart
I feel a familiar pain
In my hour of need,
No, you are not there
And though I reached out for you,
Wouldn’t lend a hand
My darkest hour is every hour
You’re not there
When no words are spoken and please are ignored
Your tears go unnoticed, will you say enough?
Did you ever think I get lonely?
Did you ever think that I needed love?
Did you ever think, stop thinking;
You’re the only one that I’m thinking of.
Goodbye 1000 times goodbye
The thought never crossed my mind
That this would be my last goodbye.
My heart, it hurts
‘Cause it never catches its breath
I’m still staying when I should have left
Come to where the waters meet the shore
I’ll be there
And I will stay, leaving you
I am really afraid
But I am her protector
You’ll be never alone again,
Cause I am your protector.
Waves—close your eyes and count slow
In this moment things are getting dangerous.
I can’t find my way.
All these things that left me in their waiting.
—I keep shaking.
But the things that she said sounded peculiar and strange
Like she couldn’t believe the words that were shaping
Her future life
(Plagiarized by Alexandre Jutt, and Daniel T.
Credits in order: Metallica, Two, Logic, Metallica, Megadeth, Falling Up, Daniel Triumph.)
- Epic. This brings the man into the realm of the epic or romance for a short time, often near the climax. In certain tales, the climax is a war, a war for his woman. Usually our hero has a sudden burst of action, compared to an ancient legend like Achilles, and conquers and army, often becoming a leader or general in the process (and by accident often) in order to save his future wife.
- Longing. In exchange for childbearing that will come in the future (or at the very least menstruation), the woman has to do nothing more but exist and love and long for her husband. Perhaps their souls are linked, and her emotion sustains his.
The struggle to return as one pits the protagonists against many trials, mostly internal for the woman, and external for the man.
Reunion. Of course, there is a happy ending! The man finds his woman, or in the case of stories like An Ephesian Tale or An Ethiopian Story, the lovers find each other.
Wedding! Of course, the lovers need to lock in their commitment and become slaves to each other. How romantic, a choking band around the neck—I mean the finger. You will never be forgotten, Alice, Finch!
The old and corrupt society is inspired and renewed by the lovers’ actions and their fated reunion despite it all. The wedding festival brings happiness not only to the lovers, but to the whole city that celibates with them. Even the villains find their good spirit and join the celebration (if only to be arrested or likewise midway through. However, all are happy for the lovers, even they that opposed them see how wrong it was to do so.)
The marriage is very important, it is the symbol; a promise of a new and bright future. (Ah, love is in the air. Are you as excited for Alice and Finch’s wedding as I? Truly, I must finish these writings soon, for they are calling that I help with the preparations.)
Bye bye, love,
…and Daniel Triumph.
Read an essay on the first draft of Alice and Finch Here: Alice and Finch: The Archetypal Recapitulation
You can also check out Alice and Finch – Update 1 here, as it is far short, and less dense.
Finally, the first draft is available on this blog, for free in its entirety. Check it out if you are feeling impatient!
Burying all of the evidence
My glamorous words will CATCH HER
Burying all of the evidence,
Some thousands of eyes will HAPPEN
STRUCTURALISM IN ART AHHGGGGG NORTHROP FRYE IT IS THE NEW FRONTIER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE AND I LOVE SOMEONE AS WELL WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT BLEGHH >:3