I appreciate the Cain and Abel parallel that people have pointed out in Animorphs with Jake and Tom. But why does everybody assume that Tom is Cain and Jake is Abel?
Of the two of them, Jake is not only the one who ACTUALLY kills his own brother, he’s the only one who ever aggresses toward his own brother at all. The flashbacks in The Capture make it excruciatingly clear that although Tom lacks all agency to blink or sneeze or scratch his nose, he still longs to protect Jake: he begs Temrash 114 not to get Jake involved in the Sharing and even offers to become a voluntary Controller to prevent it.
Jake, by contrast, seriously considers killing Tom for the first time as early as the sixth book, attempts to do so in the fiftieth and fifty-third books, and then of course succeeds in the last one. Not only that, but his first thought on realizing that Tom is dead is wondering how he’s ever going to explain himself to his parents, which (intentionally or not) parallels Cain shrugging off God’s attempt to demand answers for Abel’s death with “Am I my brother’s keeper?” immediately after killing his brother (Genesis 4:9).
The parallels continue from there. Genesis 4:11 – 4:16 goes on to specify that Cain’s crime will be known to the whole world because God marks him (which is where we get the idea of the “mark of Cain” á la Dracula, Supernatural, etc.) but that he nonetheless escapes punishment for his crime. The Beginning talks about the fact that the whole world knows Jake is responsible for his brother’s death and even implies that Visser One’s lawyer might be correct in calling Jake a war criminal. And yet despite being condemned in the court of public opinion Jake is never punished (externally, at least) and never even put on trial.
Many contemporary reinterpretations of the story (East of Eden, Cain, My Brother’s Keeper) portray Abel as a largely helpless figure caught in the struggle between the far greater forces of his brother and his god, one whose death is all the more shocking because it goes unavenged.
Sounds more like Tom than Jake to me.
|—||Jake, Book #31: The Conspiracy, pg. 6 (by K.A. Applegate)|
"So make lots of noise, kiss lots of boy or kiss lots of girls, if that’s what you’re into. When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up a joint, or don’t. Just follow your arrow wherever it points."
This country is really absurd sometimes…
But we know we love it, though.
that’s why when I say “sorry” to ppl in the states they always dismiss my display of empathy saying “why are you saying sorry? it’s not your fault.” of course it’s not my fault! I want to help u feel bettah gawddd
"Sorry" means something different in Canada than it does in other places.
In Canada, if something bad happens and you say sorry, it means “I acknowledge that you have been inconvenienced or otherwise harmed, and I am expressing sympathy. I’d prefer it if the bad thing had not happened.”
We apologize for things constantly.
"Sorry I’m late, traffic was horrible!"
Sorry about the traffic.
"Ugh, I think I caught the flu!"
Sorry you have the flu. That must be unpleasant.
"My house was burglarized and everything of value stolen!"
Oh wow, I’m sorry. That’s a terrible experience.
And so on. It’s rude not to apologize, because failing to apologize suggests you do not care.
There is even commercials up here in Canada about how we Canadians like to apologize for everything.
I’m not Canadian, but I say sorry exactly like this.
I get irrationally upset when people imply that there was no other end for Rachel but to die at the end of the series; that she would not have survived without the fight, the thrill, the adrenaline, that it’s her “true end”.
Rachel didn’t want to die. Rachel wanted to live. Rachel saw a future for herself beyond the end of the war. She had a family. She had friends. She was in love.
She was just a sixteen year old kid who had been fighting nonstop for the past three years. Who had done terrible things to protect her friends. She was a sixteen year old kid who walked to her death when asked because more than anything, she wanted the war to be over and for humanity to be free.
Were there parts of her unearthed by the war that were ugly and brutal? Yes. Could she have gone back to the life she lived before the war? No. But all of the Animorphs struggled with what the war forged them into. And none of them ever went back, not all the way.
But there would have been a life for her afterwards, and happiness, and peace. I wish she had gotten her chance at them. She deserved it.
Is it possible to be a fan of a fandom?
Reblog every time
I love this so fucking much
I’m not even in this fandom
I made a tumblr to reblog this gif. Life complete.
ALWAYS REBLOG WATER TRIBE SWAG
was that a flip off
That was a flip off.
theeeeeeeeere’s the twelve that tumblr was waiting for
here’s my new and improved amethyst. tbh i don’t even cosplay her i just am her lmao
why do white people cosplay characters of color
Why do dumbasses on Tumblr think a fictional character who is PURPLE isn’t able to be portrayed by someone of any race?
SHES FUCKING PURPLE