You are a teacher at Washington High. Observing the students, you notice that their teenage drama is remarkably similar to the plot of Lord of the Rings. The rest of the faculty seems not to notice, despite the parallels growing more outrageous every day.
A Kaneki/Touka parallel to Guts/Casca’s descent into Hell from Berserk?
Okay so, I actually got a few questions on the subject and I didn’t see anyone making a post about it (please tell me if someone actually did), so I might as well write one quickly. Apologies in advance for those I might slightly spoil about Berserk.
Death flag. I think that’s one of the words I saw the most everywhere that I looked today and frankly, even though I’m generally not bothering so much with death flags, I kind of have to admit that I got worried after reading this chapter because, well, it’s TG. And Ishida-sensei. So we’re used to crazy and violent things happening, especially right after something sweet occured.
But what’s the link with Berserk?
Well, first of all, Sensei made several references to Berserk before, mainly through Amon’s character (please see the following posts: [x] [x]), that were explicit enough to think that he might be a fan of the series.
Second thing, for those who are not familiar with it, Berserk is the story of Guts, a mercenary, who was once sacrificed by his close “friend” so that the latter could be reborn as a very powerful demon entity. Obviously that kind of broke their friendship, especially since the other dude didn’t just try to sacrifice Guts, but also cursed and heavily abused Casca, Guts’ lover, leaving her with a big trauma towards men as well as a regression into insanity.
So anyway (please read Berserk), when it comes to the link between that and :Re ch125, it turns out that a little before Guts and Casca went through absolute hell, they had the opportunity to share a very sweet and intimate moment, exactly like it happened between Touka and Kaneki for this week’s chapter…
…A moment that resulted of Guts and Casca honestly talking for the first time in a while and finally admitting to their feelings for each other, so again, a little like it happened between Kaneki and Touka ever since ch122. EDIT: @lilylunac also saw the similarities between the two scenes! :)
Now obviously TG =/= Berserk, Kaneki =/= Guts, Ishida =/= Miura, but the two sensei still have this shared enjoyment that is to constantly inflict pain to their main character as they make them go through many hardships and, as I was saying above, the fact that so many TG readers are now bracing themselves for something terrible to happen, because ch125 was really sweet and positive in comparison to a lot of shit that Kaneki (and Touka) went through, makes me think that we learnt our lesson long ago.
So yes, as it happens, daily happiness never really lasts for long in TG, especially not when Kaneki still has a lot of personal issues to sort out and a lot of self-reflection to do (and especially not when the current main villain is aiming to fly the TG plane into an ocean of blood), but guess what, it’s exactly the same for Berserk, happiness never lasts long for Guts either.
So, it is very probable thatshit will go down soon in TG, if just because we could have an arc paralleling the Anteiku raid arc next, as many fans already explained and as Juuzou also implied…
…which would make the new relationship between Kaneki & Touka (and the sweet chapter of this weekend) the last positive moment to behold (both for us fans and for Kaneki) before Kaneki, Touka and the rest of Kaneki’s side might be separated and hurt/injured by Furuta’s side.
To be honest, I have no idea where TG will start again next week, but here’s what I understand from the recent developments:
Furuta has a good part of the CCG still ready to obey his command
Furuta is loved by most of the public opinion in TG (those fanclubs :/)
The Clowns might fight for Furuta’s side again (unsure)
A parallel to the Anteiku raid arc would mean a lot of blood and possible deaths
Furuta wants to watch the world burn and for Kaneki to die
has issues to solve and for now doesn’t make for a good leading figure as the OEK
has less manpower than Furuta and way less deadly weapons (as far as we know)
is supposedly dead for a good part of the world, which means he can’t really gain new allies amongst ghouls
might be joined by the Clowns at some point (unsure)
might have CCG deserters (Juuzou, Urie and co) joining him (unsure again)
also Mutsuki is a bit insane and has a real grudge against Touka, which means they’ll face off again, definitely
TL;DR Kaneki doesn’t have the odds in his favor, for now at least, especially since he doesn’t really appear to have a good plan, which is why an arc similar to the Anteiku raid one definitely sounds like bad news and a lot of pain.
To be honest, I don’t know if Sensei really decided to include explicit lovemaking between Kaneki and Touka before shit might really go down as a parallel to Berserk and Guts/Casca, or if he found that the idea of a young love being tried by all sorts of madness was simply interesting, but… there is one more possible parallel that made me think of Gutsca, as I read the new :Re chapter.
See, it’s a spoiler (sorry :/) but Guts and Casca actually conceived a child during that one moment of bliss that they shared, a child that unfortunately got cursed to have a really sad fate, and it just so happens that the cover of :Re ch122…
… triggered many theories about Touka possibly becoming pregnant, with the pregnancy unfortunately not going and ending very well (please read these posts [x] [x]).
Personally, I don’t really have much of an opinion about a possible pregnancy, if just because I don’t know if Kaneki can even reproduce in the first place (that is a very debated question within the fandom), but I have to admit that the pregnancy idea crossed my mind during ch125 more than it did with ch122 because…
the full chapter did remind me of a bittersweet parallel to what happened with Guts/Casca and their baby
So in conclusion, I can’t be certain that Sensei was influenced by Berserk when he decided to write ch125, but I suppose that it could be a possibility considering that he added references to Berserk before. I guess it might depend on what happened next in :Re and on if Touka actually becomes pregnant or not. Also please note that this is a possible parallel of situation, not a parallel of dynamics or of characters.
I hope this post was informative for the few people who were interested by the subject. Feel free to ask if anything is unclear!
1. The Quest – This motif describes the search for someone or some talisman which, when found and brought back, will restore fertility to a wasted land, the desolation of which is mirrored by a leader’s illness and disability.
2. The Task – This refers to a possibly superhuman feat that must be accomplished in order to fulfill the ultimate goal.
3. The Journey – The journey sends the hero in search for some truth of information necessary to restore fertility, justice, and/or harmony to the kingdom. The journey includes the series of trials and tribulations the hero faces along the way. Usually the hero descends into a real or psychological hell and is forced to discover the blackest truths, quite often concerning his faults. Once the hero is at this lowest level, he must accept personal responsibility to return to the world of the living.
4. The Initiation – This situation refers to a moment, usually psychological, in which an individual comes into maturity. He or she gains a new awareness into the nature of circumstances and problems and understands his or her responsibility for trying to resolve the dilemma. Typically, a hero receives a calling, a message or signal that he or she must make sacrifices and become responsible for getting involved in the problem. Often a hero will deny and question the calling and ultimately, in the initiation, will accept responsibility.
5. The Ritual – Not to be confused with the initiation, the ritual refers to an organized ceremony that involves honored members of a given community and an Initiate. This situation officially brings the young man or woman into the realm of the community’s adult world.
6. The Fall – Not to be confused with the awareness in the initiation, this archetype describes a descent in action from a higher to a lower state of being, an experience which might involve defilement, moral imperfection, and/or loss of innocence. This fall is often accompanied by expulsion from a kind of paradise as penalty for disobedience and/or moral transgression.
7. Death and Rebirth – The most common of all situational archetypes, this motif grows out of the parallel between the cycle of nature and the cycle of life. It refers to those situations in which someone or something, concrete and/or metaphysical dies, yet is accompanied by some sign of birth or rebirth.
8. Nature vs. Mechanistic World – Expressed in its simplest form, this refers to situations which suggest that nature is good whereas the forces of technology are bad.
9. Battle Between Good and Evil – These situations pit obvious forces which represent good and evil against one another; typically, good ultimately triumphs over evil despite great odds.
10. The Unhealable Wound – This wound, physical or psychological, cannot be healed fully. This would also indicate a loss of innocence or purity. Often the wounds’ pain drives the sufferer to desperate measures of madness.
11. The Magic Weapon – Sometimes connected with the task, this refers to a skilled individual hero’s ability to use a piece of technology in order to combat evil, continue a journey, or to prove his or her identity as a chosen individual.
12. Father-Son Conflict – Tension often results from separation during childhood or from an external source when the individuals meet as men and where the mentor often has a higher place in the affections of the hero than the natural parent. Sometimes the conflict is resolved in atonement.
13. Innate Wisdom vs. Educated Stupidity – Some characters exhibit wisdom and understanding intuitively as opposed to those supposedly in charge.
1. Light vs. Darkness – Light usually suggests hope, renewal, OR intellectual illumination; darkness implies the unknown, ignorance, or despair.
2. Water vs. Desert – Because water is necessary to life and growth, it commonly appears as a birth or rebirth symbol. Water is used in baptism services, which solemnizes spiritual births. Similarly, the appearance of rain in a work of literature can suggest a character’s spiritual birth.
3. Heaven vs. Hell – Humanity has traditionally associated parts of the universe not accessible to it with the dwelling places of the primordial forces that govern its world. The skies and mountaintops house its gods; the bowels of the earth contain the diabolic forces that inhabit its universe.
4. Haven vs. Wilderness – Places of safety contrast sharply against the dangerous wilderness. Heroes are often sheltered for a time to regain health and resources.
5. Supernatural Intervention – The gods intervene on the side of the hero or sometimes against him.
6. Fire vs. Ice – Fire represents knowledge, light, life, and rebirth while ice like desert represents ignorance, darkness, sterility, and death.
A. Black (darkness) – chaos, mystery, the unknown, before existence, death, the unconscious, evil
B. Red – blood, sacrifice; violent passion, disorder, sunrise, birth, fire, emotion, wounds, death, sentiment, mother, Mars, the note C, anger, excitement, heat, physical stimulation
C. Green – hope, growth, envy, Earth, fertility, sensation, vegetation, death, water, nature, sympathy, adaptability, growth, Jupiter and Venus, the note G, envy
D. White (light) – purity, peace, innocence, goodness, Spirit, morality, creative force, the direction East, spiritual thought
E. Orange – fire, pride, ambition, egoism, Venus, the note D
F. Blue – clear sky, the day, the sea, height, depth, heaven, religious feeling, devotion, innocence, truth, spirituality, Jupiter, the note F, physical soothing and cooling
G. Violet – water, nostalgia, memory, advanced spirituality, Neptune, the note B
H. Gold – Majesty, sun, wealth, corn (life dependency), truth
I. Silver – Moon, wealth
A. Three – the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost); Mind, Body, Spirit, Birth, Life, Death
B. Four – Mankind (four limbs), four elements, four seasons
C. Six – devil, evil
D. Seven – Divinity (3) + Mankind (4) = relationship between man and God, seven deadly sins, seven days of week, seven days to create the world, seven stages of civilization, seven colors of the rainbow, seven gifts of Holy Spirit.
A. Oval – woman, passivity
B. Triangle – communication, between heaven and earth, fire, the number 3, trinity, aspiration, movement upward, return to origins, sight, light
C. Square – pluralism, earth, firmness, stability, construction, material solidity, the number four
D. Rectangle – the most rational, most secure
E. Cross – the Tree of life, axis of the world, struggle, martyrdom, orientation in space
F. Circle – Heaven, intellect, thought, sun, the number two, unity, perfection, eternity, oneness, celestial realm, hearing, sound
G. Spiral – the evolution of the universe, orbit, growth, deepening, cosmic motion, relationship between unity and multiplicity, macrocosm, breath, spirit, water
A. Air – activity, creativity, breath, light, freedom (liberty), movement
B. Ascent – height, transcendence, inward journey, increasing intensity
C. Center – thought, unity, timelessness, spacelessness, paradise, creator, infinity,
D. Descent – unconscious, potentialities of being, animal nature
E. Duality – Yin-Yang, opposites, complements, positive-negative, male-female, life-death
F. Earth – passive, feminine, receptive, solid
G. Fire – the ability to transform, love, life, health, control, sun, God, passion, spiritual energy, regeneration
H. Lake – mystery, depth, unconscious
I. Crescent moon – change, transition
J. Mountain – height, mass, loftiness, center of the world, ambition, goals
K. Valley – depression, low-points, evil, unknown
L. Sun – Hero, son of Heaven, knowledge, the Divine eye, fire, life force, creative-guiding force, brightness, splendor, active awakening, healing, resurrection, ultimate wholeness
M. Water – passive, feminine
N. Rivers/Streams – life force, life cycle
O. Stars – guidance
P. Wind – Holy Spirit, life, messenger
Q. Ice/Snow – coldness, barrenness
R. Clouds/Mist – mystery, sacred
S. Rain – life giver
T. Steam – transformation to the Holy Spirit
U. Cave – feminine
V. Lightning – intuition, inspiration
W. Tree – where we learn, tree of life, tree of knowledge
X. Forest – evil, lost, fear
A. Feathers – lightness, speed
B. Shadow – our dark side, evil, devil
C. Masks – concealment
D. Boats/Rafts – safe passage
E. Bridge – change, transformation
F. Right hand – rectitude, correctness
G. Left hand – deviousness
H. Feet – stability, freedom
I. Skeleton – mortality
J. Heart – love, emotions
K. Hourglass – the passage of time
1. The Hero – In its simplest form, this character is the one ultimately who may fulfill a necessary task and who will restore fertility, harmony, and/or justice to a community. The hero character is the one who typically experiences an initiation, who goes the community’s ritual (s), et cetera. Often he or she will embody characteristics of YOUNG PERSON FROM THE PROVINCES, INITIATE, INNATE WISDOM, PUPIL, and SON.
2. Young Person from the Provinces – This hero is taken away as an infant or youth and raised by strangers. He or she later returns home as a stranger and able to recognize new problems and new solutions.
3. The Initiates – These are young heroes who, prior to the quest, must endure some training and ritual. They are usually innocent at this stage.
4. Mentors – These individuals serve as teachers or counselors to the initiates. Sometimes they work as role models and often serve as father or mother figure. They teach by example the skills necessary to survive the journey and quest.
5. Hunting Group of Companions – These loyal companions are willing to face any number of perils in order to be together.
6. Loyal Retainers – These individuals are like the noble sidekicks to the hero. Their duty is to protect the hero. Often the retainer reflects the hero’s nobility.
7. Friendly Beast –These animals assist the hero and reflect that nature is on the hero’s side.
8. The Devil Figure – This character represents evil incarnate. He or she may offer worldly goods, fame, or knowledge to the protagonist in exchange for possession of the soul or integrity. This figure’s main aim is to oppose the hero in his or her quest.
9. The Evil Figure with the Ultimately Good Heart – This redeemable devil figure (or servant to the devil figure) is saved by the hero’s nobility or good heart.
10. The Scapegoat – An animal or more usually a human whose death, often in a public ceremony, excuses some taint or sin that has been visited upon the community. This death often makes theme more powerful force to the hero.
11. The Outcast – This figure is banished from a community for some crime (real or imagined). The outcast is usually destined to become a wanderer.
12. The Earth Mother – This character is symbolic of fulfillment, abundance, and fertility; offers spiritual and emotional nourishment to those who she contacts; often depicted in earth colors, with large breasts and hips.
13. The Temptress – Characterized by sensuous beauty, she is one whose physical attraction may bring about the hero’s downfall.
14. The Platonic Ideal – This source of inspiration often is a physical and spiritual ideal for whom the hero has an intellectual rather than physical attraction.
15. The Unfaithful Wife – This woman, married to a man she sees as dull or distant, is attracted to a more virile or interesting man.
16. The Damsel in Distress – This vulnerable woman must be rescued by the hero. She also may be used as a trap, by an evil figure, to ensnare the hero.
17. The Star-Crossed Lovers – These two characters are engaged in a love affair that is fated to end in tragedy for one or both due to the disapproval of society, friends, family, or the gods.
18. The Creature of Nightmare – This monster, physical or abstract, is summoned from the deepest, darkest parts of the human psyche to threaten the lives of the hero/heroine. Often it is a perversion or desecration of the human body.
The following list of patterns comes from the book How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster who teaches at the University of Michigan. If you are serious about literary analysis, then it is highly recommended that you buy this book. It goes into detail what is just briefly mentioned and is written in such a lively, witty voice that it does not read like a textbook at all! It will be well worth your time and effort to read it.
Ø Trips tend to become quests to discover self.
Ø Meals together tend to be acts of communion/community or isolation.
Ø Ghosts, vampires, monsters, and nasty people and sometimes simply the antagonists are not about supernatural brew-ha-ha; they tend to depict some sort of exploitation.
Ø There’s only one story. Look for allusions and archetypes.
Ø Weather matters.
Ø Violence and be both literal and figurative.
Ø Symbols can be objects, images, events, and actions.
Ø Sometimes a story is meant to change us, the readers, and through us change society.
Ø Keep an eye out for Christ-figures.
Ø Flying tends to represent freedom. What do you think falling represents?
Ø Getting dunked or just sprinkled in something wet tends to be a baptism.
Ø Geography tends to be a metaphor for the psyche.
Ø Seasons tend to be traditional symbols.
Ø Disabilities, Scars, and Deformities show character and theme.
Ø Heart disease tends to represent problems with character and society.
Ø So do illness and disease.
Ø Read with your imagination.
Ø Irony trumps everything!
Ø Remember the difference between public and private symbols.
MLA Citation (7th Edition)
Lawrence, Lisa. “Archetypes and Symbols.” West Morris Central High School. West Morris Regional High School District, n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2013. <http://central.wmrhsd.org/FACULTY…/Archetypesandsymbols.pdf>.
On the “Alice in Wonderland” & “Alice Through the Looking Glass” in “Regarding Dean”
”…cause all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, couldn’t put him back together again…”
-The “Humpty Dumpty” Riddle
I talked about this topic a little bit yesterday already in this post, but was too tired to expand and talk more about all of the references to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” as well as “Alice Through the Looking Glass” that were inserted in this week’s episode. It was in 10x05 “Fan Fiction” that Maeve, the stage manager described the moment when Calliope started influencing their play with the words “we’re past the looking glass, people” and it couldn’t be a more fitting and more impoortant line in relation to 12x11 “Regarding Dean”, because as much as the 200th episode was about a fictional story and with it it’s characters becoming real, so one major theme of this week’s episode also dealt with the question of reality. And the uncertainty of reality, perception and truth aren’t just topics extremely heavily tackled in Lewis Carroll’s stories, these things also play a heavy and important role in our current reality/society where we are met with “alternative facts” and “fake news” every single day and which it seems Supernatural even if only very slightly is making a comment on. But don’t worry, this is all I am going to allude to here in relation to RL.
What excited and still excites me about this week’s episode is how cleverly and detailed it worked with “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” references all throughout the episode. And I refuse to believe all of these are accidental - especially when taking into account how the show made a great effort in making known that Sam and Dean work in Arkansas, which is described as the “Carroll County” (see the 4th gif)
Lewis Carroll, the creator of these stories, in scientific discussion is analyzed as someone who used these stories not only as an homage to childhood, childhood innocence and the sadness about the inevitability of growing up, but he is also understood to have been a writer who tackled a whole lot of philosophical questions on semantics, language and logic in his works. In literature his two probably most famous stories surrounding Alice are described as “non-sense literature”, but if you dig deep you can find a whole lot of sense in it and also a great deal of thoughts about aspects of identity building. And that: growing up and identity shaping have been integral parts of Supernatural during these past few seasons.
Victoria Vincent is an animator-illustrator who creates worlds we wish we could live in. Her style and humor are unique and personal, and we can’t get enough of it. Also, we would love that cat to cut our hair.
“I currently don’t know where my life is going, but I feel like I’ll always be making art in one way or the other. I’m still learning and changing every day.”
Note: List does not include all the parallels, just some with with enough parallels for me to notice a general theme (that I could actually describe), or to notice a theme that was important to the plot.Also,
Aang/Avatar Roku - I can probably stand to add a few more posts here, but we got that Roku/Sozin being Aang/Zuko in reverse thing going on with the Aang/Roku parallels
Now that it’s been a week and a half, I’ve found several ROGUE ONE fics I’ve liked! I’m sort of torn between FIX EVERYTHING and MAKE IT WORSE, but, honestly, that’s pretty par for the Star Wars course. But give me allllll the team fic and complicated, messy heroes! And backstory! All the backstory in the world! (Fic recs every Wednesday.)
STAR WARS - ROGUE ONE RECS: ✦ climb, climb by peradi, jyn & cassian & baze/chirrut & bodhi & k-2so, 1k K-2SO: the droid with existential anxiety and a smart mouth. ✦ Steady as she goes by noelia_g, cassian/jyn & baze/chirrut & bodhi & k-2so, 3.5k In which they all live and Jyn Erso is on a quest to fix a droid. Rogue One in the aftermath. ✦ Set the Course by noelia_g, cassian/jyn & bodhi, 1.5k Post Scarif, the slow way home - a collection of scenes. ✦ in the aeroplane over the sea by quadrille, cassian/jyn & baze/chirrut & bodhi & k-2so, 1.5k Home is not a place; it’s the people. ✦ day after day by bodhirook, baze/chirrut, ~1k “I fear nothing,” Chirrut declares. “All is as the Force wills it.” “Funny, you seemed pretty fearful that time I tapped your shoulder while you were meditating.” ✦ you are one with the force (you are with me) by peradi, baze/chirrut, 1.2k Baze Malbus, ferocious young assassin, meets a cocky little blind shit. The rest, as they say, is history. ✦ anything in stars worth saving by with_the_monsters, cassian/jyn, 1.5k They miss the part where the Death Star gets blown up. They miss everything, actually, apart from the inside of an imperial cell. And that’s not a thing you just come back from. Not even if you survive Scarif. ✦ What comes after by IaMcHrIsSi, cassian/jyn & baze/chirrut & bodhi & cast, 2.9k Jyn and Cassian after everything ✦ love will lead us all to smithereens by poseidon, baze/chirrut, 1.8k “I’m going to die in your arms, you know.” “Do you use that line on everyone you come across?” Baze asks. “No,” the man replies with a smile. “Just you.” ✦ Faces by stereobone, baze/chirrut, 3.3k This is what Baze learns before Jedha falls. ✦ you were my new home by katsumi, cassian/jyn & k-2so, 4.6k Before they can meet with Saw Gerrera, they have to find Saw Gerrera, and that takes time. On the search, Jyn and Cassian grow closer. ✦ A Sun Shines in Parallel by LadyBaelish27, cassian/jyn & baze & chirrut & bodhi & k-2so & anakin & leia & cast, 39.1k wip What happens when ‘dead’ isn’t, strictly speaking, ‘dead’? Jyn and Cassian find themselves standing on a peaceful beach with no trace of a battle, a base, a war. Then they find K-2SO… and Chirrut Imwe… and Baze Malbus… and suddenly the very definitions of time and space become completely muddled. ✦ Footfalls by GreyMichaela, baze/chirrut, ~1k There are mysteries about Baze that Chirrut wants to solve.
I’m tired of running into people calling her a Wh*re and a B*tch for “Stealing Marco away”, when that’s clearly not what happened at all.
She asked for none of this, all she wanted was to date a guy she’s really grown to like. She did not know about star’s crush, and even if she did she should not have her own feeling pushed aside.
Nobody seems to care how she must feel after that finale.
But forget how she feels seeing her BF get confessed to by his best friend and how she must feel knowing Marco and her relationship might be strained over this, she’s a bad person because she likes Marco and Marco likes her.
Don’t treat Marco badly.
It says a lot when shippers insult half of their ship for liking someone else and being happy with someone else. How Marco is a horrible person, how he’ll “See his mistakes soon”, how he’ll “Realize he was wrong”.
Marco should not have to apologize for how he feels about someone, that is utterly ridiculous.
But I forget, he made Star sad. Who cares how he feels? Who cares what he wants or what he likes? He has to end up with Star whether he wants to or not, because his feelings are invalid in this fandom if they have nothing to do with Star.
It’s not like ½ of your ship matters, or how he feels matters as long as he’s not doing what you want him to do.
Do NOT demonize Tom.
Yes, he has made mistakes.
But Tom actually accepts these mistakes, and he apologizes for them ((Remember that, i’m gonna bring that up later)). Tom might have done some bad things in the past, but he is not this abusive horrible person the fandom makes him out to be. He has yet to hurt anyone, and he clearly cares about he people he has hurt.
Tom has made mistakes, but he is not a bad person.
He has yet to truly harm anyone, and yet he gets this treatment when Star, Marco, Moon, ect have done SO MUCH WORSE then him.
When star makes mistakes in this show, they are ignored in favor of “Poor baby”. Which is strange to me, she’s harmed people with magic, run away from her problems constantly, and yet no one in this fandom thinks she is ever in the wrong.
So Jackie gets blamed for nothing? But Star doesn’t get blamed for being racist to monsters? all the times she’s been ignorant of Marco’s feelings? Being over-obsessed with Marco’s love life despite how unhealthy that is?
It’s not that I want her shamed, but that i’m confused as to why she never is.
All these characters have flaws, Star is far from flawless, and yet she is the exception whenever something happens.
Being upset over Marco and Jackie? it’s THEIR fault.
Tom and Star’s breakup? It has to be TOM’S fault.
But the worst is the current comparison between Tom and Star, these two are having growing parallels. Star is literally doing what Tom did, and what Tomgot punished for and what happened?
Everyone blamed Jackie, Marco, ect.
This is hard for me especially because when Tom got scolded for this, NOBODY blamed Star and Marco, NOBODY. But if they do the SAME THING with Star, it’s actually Marco and Jackie’s fault.
There are only two ways you go with this:
You feel bad for both
You scold both
Star is not an exception.
And it’s even worse, because unlike Star, TOM HAS APOLOGIZED (Back again). Tom has realized that his actions were wrong, Star has not.
She has shown no sign of feeling bad for spying on Marco, she may not have been forcing him to date her but her choices to avoid the problem, lie to Marco instead of teeing him upfront about her crush, and to unhealthily invaid on his privacy is a problem.
Tom has moved on, and has showed nothing but improvement in the process.
I fail to see why Star deserves Marco at this point after her problems, no one was complaining about Star not wanting to get back with Tom after he went through the SAME PROBLEM. She may feel awful about her situation, but Marco and Jackie should not have to sacrifice their happiness for her.
A relationship will NOT make star feel better, that is NOT how this situation should be handled. That’s not how life works when this happens and i fail to see a good message by saying if you like someone who is taken, he should leave his happy relationship to be with you.
Star learns NOTHING by getting what she wants.
It’d be much better for her character, to find other means of handling it and recovering from this- then it would be to get what she wants in an unrealistic and harmful manner.
She doesn’t need Marco dating her to be strong, what does that say about her character if she can’t ever get better or be strong…without a boyfriend.
Star is strong, getting a boyfriend should not be a solution to her problem.
Why did i bring this up you might ask? Because it seems people still need to be told these things.
Nice to know the Adults of the fandom never acknowledge any of these things.
These are things the fandom still clearly needs to be reminded of, and I will continue to remind them of.
I am a theory and ship blog, but i will not condone complete mistreatment of characters, bad ideals, and VERY hypocritical and biased opinions.
The fandom should know better then this, but i can’t be surprised.
I think it’s worth noting Aang’s reletive maturity compared to Zuko in some respects.
Not only is he more patient, and in some respects wiser than Zuko, but when it comes to jealousy, Aang is much more mature. That is to say that while Aang calls himself an idiot for kissing Katara when she said she was confused, and showing some jealousy during “The Ember Island Players,” Zuko became jealous of Roun-Jian after he simply looked at Mai, and later became violently possessive of her when he threw Ruon-Jian into a vase all because he dared talk to her.
Of course, people change, and we see Zuko and Aang grow from this point forward.
If Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them doesn’t draw the biggest parallel between the New Salem family and LGBT kids growing up under conservative, hyper-religious parents who support conversion therapy, I don’t know what does.
“A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet” - On Dissociation, Duality and Identity on Supernatural
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven…”
- John Milton / “Paradise Lost”
After reading an interesting article on the 350th anniversary of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” I found myself pondering one of the themes prevalent in the poem and how it translates to one of the themes I love so much on Supernatural and how it has been especially explored during Carver Era: The Topic of Duality and Identity.
One of the key aspects of Lucifer as a character in Milton’s poem is how the archangel sheds his original name and by that also crafts a new “life” for himself along with it. He no longer calls himself or is addressed as Lucifer but as “Satan” or “the Devil” (interestingly enough that is something
Supernatural’s longest standing villain rejects completely, and despises these names which is an interesting aspect to keep in mind and one I’ll come back to later). This re-invention and the power of names is an intricate part of shaping one’s own identity and reality. It’s something
we have seen countless pop culture figures go through for very similar reasons.
The pattern can be traced all the way back to fairytales like Rumpelstiltsken, but it can be found in a multitude of modern pieces of literature, art or television too. Think of Tom Riddle vs. Lord Voldemort, Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr Hyde or Walter White vs. Heisenberg. They all create alter egos for themselves in a fashion comparable to the renaming process that happens to demons in Milton’s work, because once they lost their positive identity, they also lost their names. It’s very much in line with what we see happening on Supernatural as all the more “run of the mill”-demons we have met thus far have been addressed by the name of the person they inhabited, Meg is probably the most memorable example for that. And it’s also of course a transformation the King of Hell himself underwent when he died as Fergus McLeod and emerged as Crowley.
Much like his mother, who always tried to escape her past and shape a new world for herself in which she possesses the power
she lacked before when being rejected, so Crowley tried his best to forget about his past altogether and shape a new world and identity for himself. And all that went well and good until, well, the Winchesters came along. Until then Crowley was able to craft his new self and by shaping himself shaping also his own reality, how he perceives and thinks of himself (unintruded) and by that trying to infer how people perceive him. In the end however the dilemma comes down to what Kurt Vonnegut once described as: “Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what we
pretend to be.” Because sometimes that - or rather the way we think about ourselves - can turn into your Achille’s heel or something like a
self fulfilling prophecy. And on Supernatural, I suppose no one fights that battle with himself harder than Dean Winchester. That battle of how
he thinks about himself and how/who he really is (and that aspect is drawn attention to again with Mr. Ketch insinuating that Dean and he are alike or that Dean is merely an unhinged killer (see meta and gifset
here) - something Dean may think of himself at the worst of times, but which hardly can be counted as a realistic picture of who he truly is).
And in this regard I feel it’s important to remember that Dean went to Hell, was well on his way to becoming a demon, but got rescued before his soul may have been twisted too far to dip back. That doesn’t change
anything about the fact however that Dean remembers that time, remembers what happened to him, what he did and what he became. It left a taint, some darkness within him and one he is deeply ashamed of. Now, question is how far along the transformation or dissociation went when he was in hell. Was Dean close to forgetting his own name, his own positive identity? And is that possibly the reason why Dean’s struggles in terms
of identity and perception of self has gotten all the much worse post Hell too (while also of course taking into account the trauma he faced
there)? Because Dean thinking about himself merely as a killer definitely stems from his experiences in and post Hell.
Canon: They can create scary ass storms working together.
Headcanon: What made them clash in the beginning, their similarities and strangely parallel pasts, allows them to grow closer as friends later on and help each other with issues that not everyone else really understands.
Heartcanon: They kissed at least once. Percy probably just did it without warning and it might not actually have been intended to be sexual or romantic as much as Percy acting on a whim of curiosity.
Soulcanon: There is something very special about the way these two work together, as friends as well as a couple and their initial rivalry makes space for a deep understanding later on.
Crotchcanon: You know these two can probably not keep their hands of each other. Not even for a minute. It’s bad.