The Great Stone Face, 2014, digital
Taking a break from work, so, naturally, Buster Keaton. Hearts in my eyes.
I was thinking last night about the differences between ALW and Leroux Erik, their characters and motivations. Usually the big defining difference I think of between these two is that, IMO, Leroux Erik wanted to be normal, while what ALW Erik wanted was more to be supernormal (that is, *exceptional*, not just like ‘extra normal’ :P). But while I was trying to fall asleep this thought dropped into my mind, and really resonated with me:
- ALW Erik wanted to bring Christine into his darkness.
- Leroux Erik wanted Christine to bring him into the light.
Although they both wanted Christine to ‘save me from my solitude’, I think their underlying motivations were nearly reversed. (Just as a quick and obvious example, ALW Erik does his best to draw Christine into his music, while Leroux Erik actually declines to let her hear it when she asks to.)
I do think that this is still a component that ties into the previously-mentioned distinction of normal vs. supernormal, but I liked it enough as its own independent thought to feel like posting it. Maybe I’ll write more of an elaboration on it later.
Exactly. This is a great observation. In Leroux, Erik had completed Don Juan Triumphant, his magnum opus, and wanted to live a normal life with a normal wife in a normal house and to take walks with her on Sundays, just like any man. He was tired of being extraordinary, and just wanted to be happy with someone whom he loved and who loved him in return.
I think that one of the threads that ties these two Eriks together is that their redemption comes because they are so moved by Christine’s kindness, bravery, and compassion that they finally realize that they love her too much to keep her with them, that they must let her go and allow her to be happy. In that final act, they are both transformed from beast to man.
Slo-ho-hoooowww progress on PotO comic.
I can now make my own panel layouts on my laptop and print them. That is really a good thing!
I’ve loved and I’ve lost.