18826Re: Pan's Labyrinth
- Sep 2, 2007I don't know that I've really got a good handle on this child's
behavior; I recognize that my assessment is personal and visceral, so
plenty of YMMV warnings.
I think that was her explanation to Pan, her excuse - not an
intentional lie so much as trying to explain an act of selfish
stupidity. See, I think you are expecting more rational thought from
children than is generally seen. Please don't misunderstand; I can
already hear you saying how you remember your thought processes at the
age of 8 or 10, but David, you're remarkable. You were then, you are
now - not typical, not representative.
I suspect she didn't have a reason other than, "oooh, grapes look
good! there's lots of them, who's going to know if I eat one or two?"
and then not really thinking through the whole warning - that kind of
mental dismissal of inconvenient facts/instructions seems very typical
of childhood to me - a place where willful disobedience is a common
occurance, but usually not with such terrifying consequences.
At least I wouldn't go expecting a "reason" beyond that.
-- Lynn --
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
> At 09:34 PM 8/30/2007 +0000, Lynn Maudlin wrote:
> >Yes, she's hungry - BUT she went for grapes, she didn't ravenously dig
> >into more substantial fare. I felt it was willful, childish
> >disobedience and *if she believed nothing bad was going to happen* she
> >was not representative of children in that era or, I think, of fairy
> >tales in general.
> She _said_ that she believed nothing bad was going to happen. Do
> she was lying to Pan when she said it?
> Do you agree with the idea that she knew perfectly well that
> would happen, and that she did it to spice up the adventure?
> >In any case, her disobedience didn't read as "real" to me, it seemed
> >too quick and the fairies were warning her and she waved them off - it
> >was a character point that confused me.
> Oh yes, I forgot about the fairies trying to warn her off. It was
> wilful disobedience on her part; the question is why she did it. She
> didn't disobey on the previous quest, the one with the frog, and she's
> otherwise not depicted as a wilful child: if she disobeys it's for a
> (even if the adults don't know what it is), not to disobey for
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