Caleb, "Tempted", Dionysos, Adonis, and Dying Gods
As I near the completion of the "Tempted" analysis (a discussion of the "Tempted" episodes of the daytime drama "Port Charles," I think of the eternal, mythic quality of Caleb Morley, vampire, doomed lover, dying god.
The story of Caleb Morley reminds me of the myths concerning the gods and
goddesses of the underworld (Dionysos, Adonis, Persephone), the
vegetative deities symbolizing the cycles of birth, death, and
rebirth. Olivia is kind of like a Persephone figure, accompanying
Caleb to his subterranean realm (the cave) and then returning to the
earthly realm. Caleb, like Dionysos and Adonis, is sacrificed, but
returns, sustaining the eternal cycle of destruction and renewal.
Some information from the Encyclopedia Mythica link on Dionysus
"According to one myth, Dionysus is the son of the god Zeus and the
mortal woman, Semele (daughter of Cadmus of Thebes). Semele is
killed by Zeus' lightning bolts while Dionysus is still in her womb.
Dionysus is rescued and undergoes a second birth from Zeus after
developing in his thigh. Zeus then gives the infant to some nymphs
to be raised. In another version, one with more explicit religious
overtones, Dionysus, also referred to as Zagreus in this account, is
the son of Zeus and Persephone, Queen of the Underworld. Hera gets
the Titans to lure the infant with toys, and then they rip him to
shreds eating everything but Zagreus' heart, which is saved by
either Athena, Rhea, or Demeter. Zeus remakes his son from the heart
and implants him in Semele who bears a new Dionysus Zagreus. Hence,
as in the earlier account, Dionysus is called "twice born." The
latter account formed a part of the Orphic religion's religious
The imagery of an infant being lured, torn apart, and consumed shows
the ancient lineage of horror and religion, the linkage between awe
and terror. In myths we see the extremes of the human psyche, given
ritualistic, metaphorical form--the most grotesque and the most
sublime. All the taboos--incest, pedophilia, cannibalism, etc. are
depicted in these ancient myths.