I've heard this meta around, and I wanted to know what you think of it. People compare the Impala to Dean's soul or like the trunk having something to do with Dean on a deeper level, and I wanted to know what you thought of it because I adore your Dean meta. <3
Oh, Baby is definitely a metaphor for the state of Dean’s soul/emotions/conscience. Especially when it comes to fixing her up. One of the biggest examples of this is in 2.02, after John dies and Dean is focused on fixing the Impala. Focusing on that rather than what’s really wrong:
And then the episode goes on and some of the cracks are exposed until finally, we have this beautiful scene:
Dean beating the impala to holy hell. Not only is it a metaphor for the beginning of Dean’s understanding of his anger toward John, it’s also a metaphor for his own self-loathing.
We see the fixing thing again in 7.01 after losing Cas, and after Sam’s head is filled with Lucifer, and that too is another great example of Dean at the start of some major grief and self-loathing and self-doubt.
The car is useless; exactly the way Dean feels.
And what about when the car is not broken? How about this time in 10.04, when Dean is doing his damnedest to scrub Baby clean:
Oh man, the symbolism. Dean just spent the previous episode getting beat to hell by Cas, who was under a curse, and he wouldn’t let Cas heal him because he decided he deserved it because of beating Cas while also under a curse. And in fact at the start of 11.04, he still won’t let Cas heal him, but by Chuck, he will try to scrub that stain right off his soul.
How about when it’s time to symbolically let your little brother grow up, after a lifetime of giving up everything for him (5.05)?
Yep, that’s right. Hand over those keys, Dean Winchester, it’s time for a metaphor.
Need to muddy the waters when it comes to free will and fate? Is Dean Winchester the master of his own fate, or has it just been a ruse all along? Convince your dad from the past to buy the car that started it all, so you’ll have it in the future to end it all, and let us ponder together. (4.03)
Or how about a metaphor about the state of Dean’s depression? After Sam went to the cage at the end of s5, Dean kept Baby under a cover for an entire year. And when he finally gets back to hunting (in 6.02):
Just look at that smile.
And if you want one that’s especially fun, how about that time in 9.16 when some demons marked up Dean’s car?
Pretty interesting that Dean was only recently marked up by a Knight of Hell, no?
And in only a few more episodes, we’ll see Dean on his knees again, desperate to have never been marked in the first place:
Or how about that time in 12.19 when Dean gave the keys to someone he loves and then he stood there and watched as Baby was stolen away and he was left behind, high and dry?
And poof Baby is gone. So the only option is to do something you don’t want to be doing or be left behind forever.
You couldn’t possibly find a better metaphor for s12 Dean Winchester if you tried.
What I really wish people would understand about cursing and hexing, it’s not always about revenge. It’s not always about getting back at someone who hurt you or someone else. Sometimes it’s the only way to express how godsdamned word-spitting incomprehensibly fucking ANGRY you are with the evil choices someone has chosen to lead. And you can’t smack them because assault is illegal, and even if you could smack them, you’re so mad that there’s no guarantee you’d be able to stop hitting once you started.
You could scream at them. You could shout and cry and choke on the rage as you spit words at them.
“Do you not see how your actions and choices are hurting others?!”
“Do you care at all about yourself or other people??!”
“Because you were hurt, you think that gives you the right to hurt others?!? If anything it gives you more incentive to NOT HURT OTHERS BECASUE YOU SUPPOSEDLY KNOW HOW IT FEELS. WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU PERPETUATE THAT?!?”
If you can even get the words out without choking or stumbling or losing coherency, they most likely will not be heard. People who drive one to that level of anger and hurt rarely care that they hurt you. They’ve already tuned you out and are either ignoring you or throwing a punch back.
But I can scream at a candle.
I can pour all my anger and rage and grief and anguish into a clay vessel and smash it.
I can sew a poppet from their clothes and stuff it with baneful herbs to cause physical ailments that will hinder their abilities to speak or stand or be useful to a hate group.
I can write their names on paper with list of their crimes and burn it, scattering the ashes at a crossroads so they will leave and not come back.
I can make their luck turn so that everything they try to do that has the intention of harming another will only harm themselves instead.
I can crank up the volume on their inner Jiminy Cricket so they know goddamn well what they’re doing is wrong and see if they still make the free will choice to keep doing the bad things.
If you could stop a person from doing evil, wouldn’t you? I don’t know if I can stop it entirely, but I can make them severely regret going down that path.