Sometimes when i see those quotes of the side of light/darkness of kouyou,i think about Demian by Hermann hesse.Its like kouyou you need to get that the sides of Darkeness/light are free paths that anyone can choose and aknowledge,dont bully kyouka.
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And I agree! But what’s fascinating and so problematic about Kouyou is how she expects everyone to go through the same experiences and has deliberately tried to force an experience onto these young’ins. But at the same time, I can understand where she’s coming from - this is the only experience she has known, and she knows how horrifying and traumatic trying to leave the mafia can be.
Kyouka’s literally listed under Kouyou’s likes, so suffice to say I think she cares a great deal for Kyouka. Protecting Kyouka, to her, means to protect her from the very same trauma she had to face. Just look at that expression in the corner, she’s absolutely haunted by it. She’s distraught and angry that Dazai is dredging up that memory. Kouyou was doing exactly what she thought to be right. Thankfully, Dazai convinced Kouyou otherwise and helped turn that dream into a reality for Kyouka.
(Also, interestingly, Dazai’s aware of Kouyou’s predicament, which means he was in the mafia by the time he was 10? Because dang kid stop being so smart and manipulative dang)