My first reaction to the finale scene with Sookie lying on the couch, after Rene's attack, with Sam, Lafayette and Tara gathered at her side was that it was just like the final scene from the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy wakes up with Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion at her bedside. In TB, the positioning of the three around Sookie corresponds to Lafayette in Tin Man's place, Tara in Scarecrow's place and Sam in Lion's place.
It's fun thinking about possible parallels between the TB and Oz characters because the Oz characters are rich in symbolism, correspond to four survival archetypes and follow a distinct journey. Each archetype has two sides - a light (good) side and a shadow (bad) side - and journeys from the shadow to the light over the course of the story. The three archetypes represented by Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion also play central roles in the development/growth of Dorothy herself (since they are each symbolic of shadow elements within Dorothy's psyche).
So was it a coincidental or deliberate positioning in the TB scene? Let’s see how the TB characters match up with the Oz characters:The Prostitute: Tin Man/Lafayette
The journey of Tin Man represents the journey of the Prostitute. The Prostitute is the archetype of feeling and governs integrity
. The shadow form of the Prostitute operates out of fear, making one feel like one has to 'give in' or 'sell out' one’s spirit, virtue or integrity to survive. The journey of the Prostitute teaches integrity and how to manage the boundaries that true love represents, that is, to learn when its okay to compromise on our values and standards and when it isn't. In his search for a heart, Tin Man teaches Dorothy how to love and be a true friend to oneself and others and that personal integrity is more important than security or gain.
Layfayette is literally a prostitute in TB. Did he complete the journey of the Prostitute when he met with the Senator? If not, then I sincerely hope Lafayette isn't gone since Sookie really needs to learn a lesson in personal integrity! The Saboteur: Scarecrow/Tara
Scarecrow's journey represents the journey of the Saboteur. The Saboteur is the archetype of thought and value and governs commitment
. The shadow Saboteur is made up of the fears and issues related to low self-esteem that cause people to make choices in life that block self-empowerment and success. It’s the voice in our head which sabotages us with thoughts like 'I'm not good enough' or 'it'll never work' - it creates a false illusion of the way things are, stops us from implementing positive changes in our lives and can manifest itself in the form of self-destructive behaviour. The journey of the Saboteur teaches 'right thought' or intelligence and how to totally commit to relationships and tasks. In his search for a brain, the Scarecrow teaches Dorothy how to see and evaluate oneself and others clearly and how to commit to relationships.
Tara is classic shadow Saboteur. Her journey is not going to be an easy one to watch.The Victim: Lion/Sam
Lion's journey represents the journey of the Victim. The Victim is the archetype of action - of appropriate 'ownership' of what is mine and what is yours - and governs responsibility
. The shadow Victim acts in a disempowered and pitiful state, commonly using ‘poor me’ dramas to elicit sympathy. Shadow victims allow others to take advantage of them, consider themselves weak or insignificant and often place themselves at the mercy of others. The journey of the Victim teaches how much strength we really have inside ourselves, to recognize and embody our own personal power and to take personal responsibility. In his search for courage, the Lion teaches Dorothy about inner strength and taking responsibility for what happens.
Sam still displays many of the negative traits of the Victim, in particular, he continues to act inappropriately. The Maiden/Child: Dorothy/Sookie
Dorothy’s journey represents the journey of the Maiden or Child. The Maiden archetype represents purity, innocence of childhood, naivety and governs trust
. The shadow Maiden is very self-centered, her energy is expended on achieving her own personal needs and goals, she abdicates responsibility and plays the role of a temperamental child. The shadow Maiden loses the natural aspects of the child and is pessimistic and lacking in trust. The Maiden archetype is the archetype that brings the other three survival archetypes together. The journey of the Maiden teaches us to take complete dominion over our lives, that is, to take responsibility for everything we do (Victim), everything we feel (Prostitute) and everything we think (Saboteur). Dorothy (a parentless child like Sookie) is undeveloped and unbalanced at the start of her journey - she needs to get in touch with her powers of heart, intellect, and courage in order to develop a more balanced sense of self. Herein lies the roles of Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion in Dorothy's journey - each symbolizes an archetype which Dorothy needs to integrate into herself to "grow up" and become balanced.
I now see Sookie as the classic Maiden/Child archetype. I couldn't accept this until the end of episode 11 when her overwhelmingly bad behaviour finally broke through the cognitive dissonance I'd been experiencing about her since episode 3. My cognitive dissonance was largely due to my wild crush on Bill and the B/S relationship. I wanted the B/S relationship to be between two adults for all kinds of reasons. So, I found all kinds of reasons to ignore, excuse, and rationalize her behaviour - cognitive dissonance.
Many posters have posited bad writing for Sookie in the later episodes but I believe the writing for Sookie's character has been consistent (and very deliberate) throughout season 1, especially when one sees Sookie as the Child archetype. We meet Sookie's light side in the first two episodes but start to see glimpses of her shadow self as early as episode 3. The battle between her light and shadow sides becomes more and more pronounced during the middle episodes and, by episode 10, she fully represents the shadow Child archetype.
One final point...AB has said that TB is about the terrors of intimacy. Interestingly, four key ingredients to a successful intimate relationship are trust, integrity, commitment and responsibility and these correspond to the four survival archetypes. Let’s hope that Lafayette, Tara, and Sam have successful journeys so that they can help Sookie “grow up” and have a successful intimate relationship with Bill!!!
Edited by rhodie03, Nov 27, 2008 @ 10:37 PM.