Finally read Our Confessions yesterday. A very good read BTW. Something I find interesting about it is how Dlanor talks about a hidden third story that only 1 in 1000 will be able to find
. Perhaps this is evidence as to the true nature of the Shkannontrice theory
Note: I'm aware that its written with a certain cuplrit in mind, but based on the stuff Ryukishi has been saying about finding the truth for yourself, I disagree with the common belief as to why.
Our Confessions is a guide, not an absolute answer book. If it were the later, it would run contradictory to everything the author has been saying about Umineko.
What I got out of it was that we are supposed to be finding the hidden truth, and through that, the fatal flaws of the 2nd truth. I managed to find three, all of them purely from a tactical perspective.
The Shkannontrice theory is a gold truth as opposed to a red truth. The hidden 3rd story is in fact, the red truth we're supposed to be finding
I believe that the notion of gold truth may have been foreshadowed as early as episode 4 with Angi's commentary near the end
, further foreshadowed in episode 5 with Dlanor's tea conversation about candy, embellisment, and the like
, and outright stated in episode 6.
One of the things that has been bothering me was the notion that somehow we are being trolled. I think I may have discovered exactly how, and it is wonderous.
Ryukishi has pulled a truly magnificant Bat Man Gambit on his fans. This gambit works by screwing with our heads based on the assumed definition of love.
The common assumption is the definition of love as romantic love. I believe Umineko is more complicated than that, being about The Four Loves
. To demonstrate this, I will be looking at the scene with Shannon and Kanon in episode 6 as I believe its really telling.
Shannon and Kanon deeply love each other, in the sense of Storge love.
What I got out of that discussion was the deep sadness in Kanon's heart at the notion of his "big sis"/best friend leaving him and all the loneliness that would bring. Shannon was trying to bring him and Jessica together in part to alleviate that sadness. There was a genuine sense that both of them wanted each other to be happy. I felt that the competiotion was more mutualistic in nature, being more like a race to the finish line than a full blown love war. If the Shkannon theory is correct, then it would be impossible for both to be happy as the logical conclusion is that each persona would be trying to destroy the happiness of the other personas. Runs conflict to the inherently selfless tone that talk was taking, don't you think.
, how I love thine ability to act as a pair of ruthless "Jaws of Life" that forcibly shear open the hull that veils the truth, callously toss the shards aside, and expose things for what they really are. Truly magical. ;) (Yes that was supposed to be a round of dark humor in that comment.)
This brings me to what I believe a body incapable of love
"A body incapable of love is a double edged metaphor that can either mean unable to love literately, or symbolically believes themselves to be unworthy of love. The love that it is unworthy of is not nessecarily restricted to Eros. I believe this theory fits with the intrsinic nature of Umineko being built upon metaphors with double meanings. Depending on which side you slide down the edge, you go to either the red truth or an equally believable/beautiful gold truth.
Either way, The body incapable of love
is a critical hint as to the indentity of "Beatrice", who regardless of who it is, I believe is an alternate persona of someone suffering from immense emotional pain because their life lacks love. Is their pain from an inablity to express Eros, or is it the pain of lacking ALL FOUR forms of love. Regardless of the answer, it is a very tragic take on the love narrative which makes whoever "Beatrice" is a persona of Not So Different
when you think about it. I do believe that whoever it is, it doesn't change anything regarding Battler's discovery in episode 5
as it still pertains to the love narrative.
One other thing that's been really bugging me. Featherine's exposision in episode 6
said something about Beatrice being very obsessed with "the rules". Assuming the murders are based on "the rules of the Witch's Epitaph" taken literately, this becomes an issue in episodes 3 and 5. With the epitaph being solved in those two episodes
, if Shkannontrice
is the culprit, wouldn't that mean she's essentially breaking her own rules?
edited 13th Jul '12 6:45:56 PM by magnum12