Master of Arts (MA)
Journalism and Media Studies
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Lost is a popular television show currently aired on the ABC network. The Orphic mysteries are an intricate component to the religion of Greek Mythology. This thematic analysis will work to investigate if Lost can be interpreted as a modern application of the Orphic mysteries. It will develop a theoretical perspective of Lost based upon the Orphic mysteries by reviewing literature that will uncover possible contemporary adaptations or metaphorical connections between each artifact. In-depth research will be performed on the units of analysis: Lost's individual characters, their relationships to one another, and their similarity to the characters of the Orphic mysteries. The assumed plot theme that (im)moral decisions during one's existence on Earth will result in their being fated to either Heaven or a reincarnation to another life on earth, numerology, and the dualities which exist between good and evil and darkness and light within each artifact will be addressed.
Analysis; Example; Lost; Mysteries; Orphic; Thematic
Journalism; Mass media
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Wax, Rachael, ""Lost" as an example of the orphic mysteries: A thematic analysis" (2008). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2435.