Okay, he was saying that using fire to make sure something stays
dead should fall under Fire Purifies
, and you want Kill It with Fire
to only be about making sure something is
dead. Fair enough. On a side note though, I think that the former deserves to be covered somewhere; whether under one of the tropes we're already discussing, or yet another new one. (Again, Burn The Body
As to the "revised" definition of Fire Purifies
, I meant this:
It's not always used for killing I believe. I've seen a few works where the fire magically purifies evil or something without destroying people.
examples where fire is destructive, but not require it. It just has to be something that "cleanses" evil or magic.
Again, I was previously assuming this was not in dispute, and am now asking whether you or anyone else disagrees with it.
Assuming this new definition is not in dispute, I would say that this, and fire being the only way to kill, say, a troll, are different enough that they should not be the same trope.
Put it this way; just because something can only be killed by fire, doesn't mean that's because
fire is [sometimes] associated with purification. It could
be, so the tropes can overlap, but it could also just be a more generic Achilles' Heel
, no symbolism necessary.
edited 14th Jul '12 7:07:55 PM by HyperZ