Ariadne was the virgin daughter of King Minos of Crete, who fell in love and aided the Athenian hero Theseus in his quest to slay the Minotaur (her half-brother) who lived at the centre of the great Labyrinth. She gave him a spool of red thread which he unwound as he entered the labyrinth and then followed to find his way out safely again. After successfully slaying the Minotaur, Theseus sailed away with Ariadne. He however abandoned her on an island when she was sleeping. Dionysus, God of wine, divine but not so heroic, found here there and married her. She awoke to a new life. A myth about the Hero, Patriarchy, sacrifice and abandonment. Through ‘sleep’ she is able to change her destiny. She knows the hero’s love is not for her. Through her pain she finds her true lover.
Sonnet: Theseus And Ariadne by Lloyd Mifflin
Thes. Nay, I have loved thee!
Ari. Thou hast loved, didst say?
Thes. I loved thee well at Crete.
Ari. Lov’st me no more?
Thes. Ah! who can hold the wave upon the shore?
Ari. Thou, if thou wouldst; and, oh! is that the way
Thou speak’st to me, who gave thee, on that day,
My flower of life?
Thes. My ship is ready-sail and oar!.
Ari. Did I not save thee from the Minotaur,-
And wilt thou leave me?
Thes. Who can make love stay? .
Wax is my heart and takes full easily
The last print on ‘t. Past love is past recall.
Adieu!. Love has the helm-he guides, not we .
Ari. Beloved Traitor! May thy black sail pall
Deep in the brine, thee, and thy maidens all!.
Ye gods! he leaves me and my babe to be!