Archetypal analysis requires readers to examine symbols and patterns (archetypes) that suggest recurrent themes. Looking over my catalog of female protagonists, I see a recurrence of one particular archetype: Persephone. I have a mild obsession with Persephone.
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One of my favorite Persephone-type characters is 20-year-old Sophie. She's a legal intern who donates blood and passes out at work. Enter chivalrous Neil, her boss and crush, who harbors some forbidden longing of his own. Neil may be the one who saves her, but Sophie is the instigator of their affair, and she roars into sexual consciousness embracing both pleasure and pain.
His office smells like blood, sweat, and come, clean and sweet-smelling, like fresh-cut grass.I'm including the complete short story "Giving Blood" right here on my blog. I hope that before you go back to wrapping those Christmas presents, you treat yourself to a quick, dirty read.