Liz wrote:Parlez wrote:I don't get that part either, Liz. Mercury is known as the fleet-footed speedy messenger of the gods, but I've never heard of him (or his avatar, the joker) as being the souls' guide through the kingdom of shadows. That sounds to me more like the devil. But in that context, the devil is imaged usually as a more cathonic entity, like a snake or a dragon. It's a stretch, but I guess you could say that someone who's so disenfranchized and beyond the pale in 'normal' society would, by necessity, be 'free' to become familiar with and comfortable in the realm of darkness and shadow. In which case, the joker might be seen as a suitable guide, showing the way through the labyrinth leading to esoteric knowledge and depth. In some mythologies there's also the Trickster ~ like the bogeyman, who hides out in the dark forest and jumps out at unsuspecting passers-by and scares the pants of them. Why? To try to get them out of their conventional ways of thinking and to remind them of the dark, shadowy realms they're trying so hard to ignore/avoid.
Maybe that's the connection here...?
Parlez, I don’t see this figure as being free at all, being stuck in this role of a guide through the Labyrinth for eternity. This makes me think I am misunderstanding the point.
If you're talking about the Cyclops who's restricted/doomed to residing in the labyrinth, then, yes, that's not freedom. But if you consider the Hero who conquers said terrible beastie and thus gains the ability to enter and leave the so-called Kingdom of Shadows, then you're talking about a free man. But we don't think of that kind of Hero as being a Fool, right? And he's not, in classic Greek mythology; the Hero and the Joker are two different archtypes. That's why the Baroness' interpretation breaks down in that last line. She mixing her myths me thinks.