four reasons why pyramid head can’t be alessa’s protector
Really gotta start posting these to my other tumblr, but
screw it, I’m not logging out. >.>
Alright, so we’ve seen it in the first and second movies. PYRAMUD HED™, who acts as Alessa’s instrument of vengeance. In the first movie, he skinned an innocent girl who so happened to get in his way.
In Revelation, Pyramid Head came to Heather’s rescue by
battling Claudia in one of the most anticlimactic scenes I’ve seen in
any Silent Hill media period.
Yeah … no.
Here are four reasons why Pyramid Head serving as Alessa’s protector doesn’t make
1.) It wrongly
attributes vengeance to Alessa’s original motives.
The complexity of Alessa’s character in the first game lies
in that, even though she’s endured horror and pain beyond compare, she doesn’t seek vengeance on her own behalf. If she had, her mother and Dr. Kaufman probably would have died a lot sooner.
Alessa’s primary goal was to kill God and end her
suffering. Any damage the Seal of Metatron caused beyond that was purely collateral. At that point, the
girl was desperate.
It’s when Claudia causes Harry’s death in the third game
that we begin to see her take any sort of active interest in revenge, in the
form of Heather. And even then, Heather briefly questions whether or not Harry would approve, thus implying vengeance
for its own sake runs against the grain of her character.
People debate the precise nature of what Pyramid Head is
supposed to symbolize, but one theme that remains clear among them is
punishment. Specifically, James’ subconscious desire to be penalized for his
own sin. So technically, it would be punishment turned inward. I’d even argue it was a form of James taking vengeance
against himself in order to vindicate
The reason I don’t consider Alessa particularly vengeful or bent on punishment is because of the nature of her monsters.
Every monster is designed to push Harry back; to repel him, keeping him from
preventing Alessa killing God. If he dies along the way, that’s merely a tragic tangent to her ultimate goal—which, given the endgame if God somehow was born properly, would have actually been a mercy.
A protector like Pyramid Head who needlessly kills would imply that Alessa doesn’t have the strength of spirit
to keep from indulging in dark, self-serving desires. And it should be noted that this is a fundamental
error of character that gets perpetuated in the movies. Alessa may be dark-spirited from time to time, but she is not evil, and she does not desire others to suffer.
There’s also the question of logistics. The same girl who, according to Harry, killed God through
her sheer “conscious resistance” just didn’t have the spare will nor time to
actively punish her tormentors, even though she possessed the power to kill
with just her mind. All that power went into weakening the fledgling God.
2.) Any protector she
would have conjured would have looked more like the Incubator than Pyramid
Head, whose appearance would have frightened her.
Even if Alessa wanted to punish those who caused her such
suffering, I doubt it’d come dressed as a burly, ultra-masculine humanoid
figure beleaguered by a triangular helmet. Because let’s face it: Pyramid Head has an
appearance that is supposed to evoke dread and remind one of executioners.
Consider, however, that the Incubator appears as Alessa initially
saw God: an ethereal, glowing being garbed in a white dress.
Despite its angelic visage, the Incubator is also deadly. It
can strike down nonbelievers with lightning, testifying to God’s dual nature of
being both wrathful and merciful according to the Order’s beliefs. There is
almost a motherly quality to it, which is further emphasized when the dying
Incubator gives Harry the newly reincarnated baby Heather.
Remember that all Alessa wanted was someone to care for her.
Because her mother failed her in that regard, she clung to Lisa and may have
even protected her from the Otherworld’s effects until her hold on it crumbled.
She then split her soul and found a small portion of solace as Cheryl Mason,
the adopted daughter of a kind woman and a dedicated man.
In Alessa’s eyes, a “protector” would project a softer, more feminine image. It might even be divine, with enough strength to defend her from God’s negative influence. That’s vastly different from Pyramid Head’s tendency to persecute Maria.
Moreover, the Romper monster
established that Alessa was afraid of ill-intentioned adults and their power over her, a fear which was
exacerbated by their sheer size. As implied by their method of attack (tackling Harry to the ground and lunging at his throat) she would fear being
pinned down, left helpless as they tormented her even more.
Pyramid Head is roughly the same in stature as James, minus
the enormous helmet; much bigger than a girl of fourteen, and doubly so than a young
girl of seven.
So, again, given her fear of “big scary adults,” why would
she conjure a figure she’d naturally be apprehensive of?
3.) Pyramid Head
already had a specific purpose.
Say it with me now: Pyramid
Head’s purpose was tohelp James
Sunderland realize the truth.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Seriously, Robbie the Rabbit has more in common with Alessa’s story than Pyramid Head.
Furthermore, I just don’t get this notion that the big lug is supposed to be a shorthand for the town’s desire to punish people, because not only does Silent Hill not torment people for “teh lulz,” Silent Hill thought that Pyramid Head was what James wanted at the time.
It was born from James’ desire to
punish himself, and it died when James finally realized the purpose for its existence, then deeming it unnecessary. For all intents and purposes, there is no more reason for it to exist in any other Otherworld. …Unless James rises from the dead or something. o_o
And lastly …
4.) Pyramid Head killed himself in his last battle against James. Twice.
Last week I was vacationing in Portland, and besides the beautiful environment that Oregon has to offer, I also stumbled across one of the coolest record stores I’ve ever been to. They had a huge selection, and I was lucky enough to find special editions of both Define The Great Line & They’re Only Chasing Safety for 4.99 each, no tax. Pretty badass if you ask me~