the 3 people central to isak’s storyline represent the 3 struggles he’s faced in overlapping ways that form a complete loop.


  • helps isak come out to himself and understand his sexuality
  • has mental illness that does not stop him from loving isak and vice versa

his mom

  • has mental illness that leads to isak pushing her away (but now that he knows he can love even, he’ll be able to understand her mental illness too)
  • does not stop loving isak despite her religion


  • helps isak understand that fear, not religion, is the cause for hatred
  • makes a point to admit her mistake to isak about her understanding of his sexuality