nick hobbs

anonymous asked:

If you had the time, could you please explain the line in Ko No Mono "blood and breath are only elements..." a little bit more? Maybe it's because English isn't my native language, I have no idea how to interpret this line beyond its literal meaning. But it's Hannibal aka the show where everybody has to talk in metaphors and in between the lines, so it has to be leading to something else unsaid, right? Thank you :D (tbqh that other hannigram talk about Shiva was confusing for me too...)

You must understand that blood and breath are only elements undergoing change to fuel your radiance, just as the source of fire is burning.

Hannibal is comparing Will’s becoming a murderer (becoming his true self) to a fire.

Using “blood and breath” to stand in for Will’s victims is a literary device called metonymy, where some aspect of a thing stands in for the whole thing, like using Hollywood when you mean the film and television industry (”Hollywood has a tendency to typecast”) or skirt when you mean a woman (”All that boy is good for is chasing skirts”). Blood and breath are not just aspects of people, but ones that point out that people are alive: when you’re dead, you stop breathing and your blood stops flowing. 

So blood and breath stand in for the living people that Will is killing (specifically Freddie Lounds, in this case, but any of them). Hannibal says they are the thing that is fueling Will’s fire. Fire is a chemical transformation in which organic materials are combined with oxygen to produce energy. Will is the light, the energy in this transformation–the fire itself–while the living people he kills are the wood, you might say–the organic materials that fuel the fire. 

Hannibal dehumanizes them by reducing them down to being nothing more than blood and breath. It’s like when Hannibal told Abigail Hobbs that Nick Boyle “changing” her was “more important than the life he clamored after.” For all that they are alive, they are not valued as people, they are only elements undergoing change, and they only have value for the purpose of Will consuming them, as a fire consumes wood, to become the radiant being that he is.

Fire both destroys and creates: it destroys the thing that fuels it in order to create energy in the form of light and heat. As Hannibal discusses Shiva, he emphasizes that Shiva, although more commonly thought of as a destroyer (just as a murderer is thought of as a destroyer), is also a creator. Hannibal further likens this to Will by saying that Will himself (and all people) are in a constant process of undergoing change: “Who you were yesterday is laid waste to give rise to who you are today.” He’s basically justifying his moral system to Will, whom he wants to adopt it. Death and destruction are very personal concepts to Hannibal, and they’re ideas that he doesn’t see at conflict with life and creation. They’re just different stages of the same process, or different ways of looking at the same thing.