A Journey Through Rule of Rose | Monsters of the Week
Rule. Of Rose is a wonderful, example that horror, games don't need excessive, graphic, violence, jump, scares and visceral, brutality. To, deliver a thoroughly, haunting, and disturbing, experience. On. A surface level this 2006. Survival, horror title, with PS 2 shares a lot of DNA with its johner peers of its time especially. Silent, Hill 2 and 3 for. Instance its psychological. Horror style, of storytelling a, dark. And menacing hidden, machine of the protagonists. Traumatic, past and, innermost fears. Manifested. As a surreal, dreamscape. Populated. With monsters, that represent, various facets of her repressed, memories, she's trying to come to terms with, this. Type of storytelling. That appears, nonsensical. And whimsical, at first glance but that lets the observant, players on earth unending treasures. Of hidden meaning, symbolism. And narrative, depth the deeper they dig it's. Textbook. Silent, Hill, the. Similarity, between these games also shows on a technical, level, controls. Camera. Angles, pans, inventory. Handling, even, font, choices the, style in which environmental. Hotspots, are presented, in focus, and especially, the combat, all, these elements are designed to, make Silent, Hill veterans, feel at home, but. Even, though it tri rule. Of Rosa's moment-to-moment, gameplay. Especially. Its combat, was often criticized, to be the game's weakest, link, it's, often unbalanced. And unpolished, and through that often, painfully. Frustrating. To play. The. Developers, themselves have openly admitted, to the frailty, of the game's combat on several occasions, in, their own words because they lacked the time and resources and, the final, stretches of development, to give it the polish and refinement, it would have needed this. Certainly makes rule of Rose tedious. And sometimes very unwelcoming. To approach especially, from, a modern players point of view but, the fact that despite, these shortcomings, it managed, to acclaim, a cult status among a dedicated, fanbase for many years to come is, a strong testament, to the developers main focus, the. Story. Runa, froze features, a cast of surprisingly, deep, and nuanced, characters, woven. Into a complex, yet coherent, network, of relations, and backstories, set. In an ambience, of mystery, intrigue, and beauty, a world. That is disturbingly, scary, and alien, yet at the same time feels. Personal. And relatable. Ruth, Rose is, a tale of abuse. It. Highlights, and explores the many insidious. Faces, of abusive, relationships, and how, they can arise from all, forms, of power imbalance. Bullying. Coercion. Possessive. Relationships, and even sexual, misconduct, child. Abuse and exploitation. Of parental power these. Are only a few of the ways this game showcases. And investigates. The facets, of abuse. It, is also an, extension, of these themes a decidedly. Political, game which. Is an aspect about its narrative that I rarely see discussed anywhere, but. In its depiction of these topics the game was often deeply, misunderstood. Especially. From authorities, that at the time of its release willfully, misrepresented. Its narrative to have it banned from the market now. Since because, of that rule, of Rose is notoriously. Hard and, expensive. To obtain these days this, video se is structured, in a way that even if you have never played the game you're still gonna be queued in on what's going on but. Be aware if you want to experience it with a fresh mind this, video will spoil the entire game, in. This. Video I'd, like to take a rule of Rose and it's convoluted. And controversial, narrative, apart, piece by piece to unravel, just how well thought-out how, consistent. And coherent, its narrative is if, you look at it up close and, how much understanding. And respect, it actually shows for the disturbing, themes of the hard of its melancholy, tale. I'd. Like to show you that, rule of Rose is truly, an underrated. Masterpiece. Of psychological. Horror storytelling. That, never Stoops, to exploitation. Of dark topics, from mere shock value but. That was written with a message, of compassion at. Heart a message. To survivors. To, those who themselves. Might. Have been mistreated. Disenfranchised. Or ostracized, at, any point in their life. A message. To all those who. Can find a little bit of themselves, in, Jennifer. Jennifer's. Story begins, in the back of a school bus that's driving, through the English countryside. Deep. At night hmm. Why at the time you'd expect a school bus to make its rounds but, that's what we got to get used to by a rule of rolls, expectations. Get routinely, subverted. And common-sense, turned, upside down at. First our. Protagonist, is a 19, year old girl who travels. Back to the orphanage, where she spent the most tragic years, of her childhood and drawn.
To Her fate like a moth to a flame, the. Only other passenger. Is a young boy who already, seems to be expecting, her Jennifer. Jennifer, read. The story please, read the story. What, happens next. The. Story chapters, of ruler rose are framed, in hand-drawn. Children's, picture, books that retailed segments, from Jennifer's past and fairytale inspired, prose. But. At the beginning of each chapter those. Booklets are still incomplete. Crucial. Parts of the story are missing so. It is upon us to find the lost pages, and fill, in the blanks, it's. A pretty straightforward metaphor. For Jennifer state of mind years, after, the event she's reliving she. Suffers from severe, memory repression. Crucial. And often troubling, details of her time in the Rose Garden orphanage. Are lost in Oblivion within, her traumatized mind, so. In order to cope with, this traumatic past she retraces, her steps to remember as unfiltered. Memories, come back to her chronologically. And contextually. Scrambled, and completely, out of order and manifested. As a grotesque. Nightmarish. Odyssey, through her oppressed past, it. Is somewhat similar to how the film memento, tells, a story of a person suffering from anterograde, amnesia, chronologically. Backwards. To dramatize, his inability to establish new, long-term memories, in. Rule. Froze the, structure, of Jennifer's past is messy, and random. With, many events feeling, like a whimsical, amalgamation. Of hardly, related, fragments. Of memories, delusions. And fantasies. Jennifer. Is a textbook, unreliable. Narrator not. Just to us but to. Herself at least as much, so. Before. She can ask the boy what's going on he. Jumps. Off the bus and bolts into the woods so. We follow, him in. The middle of the night in, a dimly lit overgrown. Path into, the thicket, if. This sounds like the beginning of a Brothers Grimm tale that's. No coincidence, rune, Rose makes many allusions, and references to, classic. European, fairy tales. At. The end of the path we, reach the eerie old mansion. Of the rose garden orphanage. It, seems to be occupied by a creepy, band of apostate. Children, wearing paper bags over their heads and through the bars of his jammed front gate we witnessed a feral children pummel. Something, lifeless, in a cloth bag as. Any, good horror story should all, our senses urge us to just turn the fuck back to where we came from and get the hell out of there wherever. We go the, game makes sure we know that the walls have, eyes and ears, here and. Once we enter the mansion, we. Can already explore, a vast majority, of all the rooms at, this early point in the game I've, heard people criticize, this because, there's not much going on but, truth be told this, is a heaven, for the observant, player because. Much, of what you can access, and investigate, now you'll, find reflected, in later chapters and it's. Also filled, with a plethora of little, details, that feel really satisfying. If you finished the game and come back to revisit this early part of the game but. Although we can explore, all, the time we're being led through the mansion by the mysterious boy until. We end up in the attic where. He awaits us sitting, atop a candlelit. Makeshift, throne and, asks, us again to, keep reading the story to him. This. Is when an announcement, is made through the houses speaker, system that a funeral, of quote, a dear friend, is taking place in the courtyard.
Jennifer, Is gripped by a dark, hunch and follows, - suddenly appearing, frightened, whimpers, of a dog. Storming. Into the courtyard and finding, a fresh grave and a shovel standing, next to it, she. Begins to dig frantically. And, unearths a large wooden, coffin, and on, the inside. It. Ominous, bloodied sack of cloth that the children were beating, on in front of the entry door. Jennifer. As if crushed, by an immense weight falls. To her knees sensing. That which he just found was, at the heart of the traumatic events, that blanked, her memories for many years. But. As strongly as the game insinuates. What might have happened here, were kept in the dark for now, the. First chapter then concludes. With the eerie children. Surrounding. Her insulting. And laughing, at her and they pour water over her head in a humiliating gesture. Of shame and. Wow. This is one of the famous scenes that was used and willfully, misrepresented. By authorities, to affect rule of Roses ban as it was claimed that the game shows and, I quote children. Being buried, alive. Now. First of all the, Jennifer we see here is not a child she is 19, years old which makes her by the laws of every country that banned the game illegal, adult, no. Thought Jennifer is now. Being, carried away and ceremonially. Buried in a coffin what. We're seeing here is not a death sentence, but an initiation, rite not. That it's not problematic, in a thousand other ways but, it's nothing that would ever warrant. A game being banned in a thousand, years it. Is the quite common, practice, in academic, and aristocratic, fraternities. Sororities or. Aristocratic clubs, to incorporate. Activities involving. Harassment. Abuse, or humiliation. As a way of initiating a, person, into the group also, colloquially. Refer to as hazing. Ragging. Or bastardization. This. Year is Jennifer's, initiation, into the so-called red, crayon aristocrat, Club the children. Of the orphanages, attempt, to form a society based on their perception, and, projection, of adult, Society. When. Jennifer comes to she. Finds herself at the bottom of the rabbit, hole of her repressed, memories. Yes. I'm using a Lewis Carroll metaphor here don't judge me okay it fits. Jennifer. Finds herself on board of an, airship. She. Wakes up tied to a metal bar in a room with cardboard, walls and the coffin in one corner dirty. Laundry, and drums, and old disposed, furniture, it's, a dark reflection, of the laundry, room of the orphanage which is also dubbed the filth room and for, reasons yet unknown this is going to be her base of operations, for the rest of the game, we. Find a mannequin, crafted, out of old cleaning, utensils, who dearly wants to listen to her and have her retell, her story it's. The games way to save and retrieve lost items, and, an indicator that Jennifer, was excluded. And ostracized, during her time in the orphanage, forced, to live in the dirty laundry room, alone, with nobody to talk to but inanimate objects, now. When we start exploring, the airship, we quickly find, many of its rooms and compartments. To strangely, resemble, the, rooms of the orphanage, if this. Seems utterly random. At this point then this is very much on purpose as. I mentioned, rule of Rose loves to make the player feel clueless. At first, establishing. The curiosity. To untangle. What's actually going, on, many. Things we witness feel like jigsaw, pieces from countless, different puzzles, scramble, together without any sins, or direction, but. In many ways the traumatic past that Jennifer, digs up makes, just as little sense to her in her own mind at that point in time it. Is a great way to put, the player in her shoes while she's trying to overcome, her retrograde, amnesia if, you're, confused, what's going on, that's. Exactly, how she's feeling. But. As nonsensical. As things might appear at first the.
More Time you spend on, the airship the more you can't stop noticing, that there's a thick red thread spun through this dreamscape, you'll. Increasingly. Notice, an overarching, coherence. That brings everything, closer, together the, further you dive into the story if, you, keep your eyes peeled, and look curiously under, every nook and cranny you will stumble, from one aha moment, to the next revelation. And the puzzle comes gradually together. The. Rooms layouts. Persons. And incidents. That we encounter, on the airship not, perfectly. But contextually. Mirror the rooms layouts, persons. And incidents, in the orphanage, mansion, and the. Aristocratic, sorority. Led by Jennifer schoolmates, gradually, unfolds to, be a dark reflection, of the society the kids created, with their sadistic games in the Attic of the manor. Another. Vital, aspect, and central. Trigger of Jennifer's, trauma comes in the form of our trusty, companion, and beloved, sidekick throughout, the majority, of the game Brown. Pretty. Early in the first airship chapter, general. Finds the heart-melting Labrador. Tied, up and hung from his legs in the luggage compartment she. Frees him and puts his collar on his neck and, for that moment on the, two are joined at the hip brown. Or more, precisely his fine nose provides, one of the central gameplay, mechanics, we. Can let him take the scent of almost any object in our inventory and off let him search for all, effect orally, related objects, hidden on the airship it, immensely, helps, to loosen the gameplay out and prevents. The players from meandering, aimlessly in, case the location of the current objective is not also, clearly Telegraph, but. Aside from just being a game play bridge, I always, also considered Brown's good nose to be a metaphoric. Device as well Jennifer. Is on a quest to uncover the, truths about her own past that are buried, within her MA and truths. That have always been right there but that she's incapable, to, access, it. Is the help of the loving innocent, Brown that ultimately enables, her to literally see things that she's often physically, unable to perceive, and in. Addition to that he's, just a delight to have around you the only character, in the whole game who was exclusively. Altruistic. In nature and loyal, with no other ulterior motive, than being, a good friend, he, needs Jennifer, just as much as she needs him the. To form, a symbiotic, bond, of mutual selflessness. Which. Also serves as a perfect counterpoint, to the game's main antagonist we're. Gonna get to that later in fact. The developers himself stated, in interviews that Brown was actually, a rather late addition, to the game with, the intention, to give Jennifer and through, that the players something, positive, and wholesome, to balance out the perpetual. Suffering, she's exposed to throughout the game and in, my opinion it was a fantastic choice Brown. Adds a big element of uniqueness to the game and not only gives the tried-and-true survival. Horror game play a fresh twist, he's a wonderful emotional. Anchor, that makes it easy to get invested, in and care for him by proxy, for Jennifer as well there's. This established, storytelling. Trope known as to kick the dog moment, which, serves, to immediately, villainize, a character. In. Rule, of Rose this is employed in even, worse ways than just kicking, you, might have a hunch. But. As I've said Brown, comes in more than handy because for the majority of the game we pretty much play FedEx, for the self-absorbed, and ruthless, red crayon aristocrat, Society, Jennifer, has no choice but to reluctantly, become, a new low, ranking, member of the group and the club's rules demand that a gift of the rulers choosing, has to be delivered to their gift box every, day if. We should fail to, accomplish this their. Law states, that we have to be severely, punished, for it so, to comply, with the aristocrats self-serving. Taxation, laws we, scavenged, the expansive. Airship, in the attempt to turn, up the things we hope can appease the whimsical bourgeoisie. For a day but, it. Quickly becomes, apparent that the odds are unfairly, stacked, against Jennifer while.
We Explore and interact with the other orphans scattered, around the airship we get scornful, Commons, from all directions get, excluded from groups through perpetual. Silent, treatment, and over. Here vicars and sneers, from behind our backs pretty much every step of the way and whenever. We bring a gift it becomes pretty obvious that the leader is whimsically. Alter the rules in order to turn against us in every way they want. From. Time to time we, also find ourselves Chay's dan attacked by hordes, of disfigured. Instead. Look, like Edvard Munch The Scream came to live and charged at us with a broom the, ghastly, little pests, swarmed, Jennifer from all sides and tried to batter her down and Lee better throwed in an attempt to pull her down into. The void there, was innocent most of the enemies in general, are predictions, of how Jennifer, remembers. Her schoolmates constant. Harassment from. All sides and how. Ugly it made her feel in, the midst of it an, inner, quest for truth she, fights tooth and nail to not let them get through to her. To, not let the trauma get the better of earth and. Over. Time we. Realized that the adults, that once were in charge of the orphanage, are. Obviously, not in charge anymore. Life. On the airship is a brutal, and merciless dog-eat-dog. Society. Disguised, as an innocent, game of imitating. Adults, you, know it's all just a game it's. All just pretense, but, all just being ironic aren't, we but. In reality what. Jennifer faces, is a callous, authoritarian. System, led, by the children, of the orphanage. In. Most, horror media, the, sense, of menace imposed. On the audience is. Hypothetical. Traditionally. We get stories where a danger, is embodied, by all kinds, of monsters, ghosts. Zombies, demons. Aliens. Serial. Killers and, the likes and most. Of them are at the very least highly, unlikely, to ever become a reality for the vast majority of the audience, meanwhile. In rule of Rose we face a band, of kids playing, grown-up, games on. The surface it really feels tame, in comparison doesn't. It the. Reason why this game is often considered so intimidating. And lastingly. Haunting, whether, it crayon aristocrats. For some players can be far more terrifying, than, most traditional horror, antagonists. Is that, the damage they're inflicting, is psychological. Grounded, in reality and very, relatable, for many people because. Literally every single person, watching this has at some point in their lives be. It as a victim a perpetrator, or a bystander, come. In contact with their means of power. Bullying. The. Aristocrat, Society, employs, many textbook, methods, of systematic bullying, to establish, and maintain their, power yes. We experience, a lot of the physical antagonism, the form of grotesque, monsters, but this is merely a distorted, projection.
Of Jennifers, traumatized, mind this. Is how she experienced. The ongoing, abuse by her school mate and our minds toward those painful memories but. Above all that rule, of Rose portrays. The insidiousness, of, bullying, and social, ostracism in, surprising, detail and depth. Bullying. Is an imbalance, of power that. Is often manipulative, Lee created, or willfully. Exploited, by an individual, or a group over an underpowered, individual. Or group it, can, be expressed through mistreatment. Of any form, including. Verbal, abuse, like, name-calling, in, song, yelling. And shouting. Physical. Aggression, like hitting, pushing, tripping. Slapping, or also. A theft or destruction, of the victims property. Emotional. Mistreatment, like exclusion. Marginalization. Silent, treatment. Psychological. Distress like, blaming, a person for problems, they did not cause, discounting. Their integrity or unfavorably. Comparing, or describing, a person in spreading rumors and also. Sexual, misconduct in, any form. Schools. In general especially, the secluded, Rose Garden orphanage, serve as a perfect breeding ground for a hierarchy, of organized, harassment. New. Schoolmates are by, design Outsiders, of the established, social order by enforcing their oppressive, rule of law on any newcomer, as a condition, for acceptance, they force their pecking order on everyone. Compliance. Is mandatory there, is no escape you either play or you'll, face score in an exclusion, you cannot. Not participate. In society even if it treats you personally, unfairly, in. Many. Cases, bullying, bonds, those above, a certain power threshold. Humans. Are social creatures and when facing, the choice between avoiding. Harm and siding, with those on the receiving end most people are too worried about their own skin to speak up on behalf of the victims which. Is a reason, why many initial, bystanders. And of participating. In the abusive spiral, it's. The principle of scapegoat. Ism the, systematic. Disenfranchisement, of. A minority to, serve as a common, foe for the rest to join forces against, in rule.
Of Rose all, of this is depicted, openly, and explicitly. The. Threshold, between oppressor. And oppressed is, visibly, indicated. By a thick line on the club social, hierarchy billboard. Separating. The members, into, refined, and lower-class, Jennifer. And Amanda at the bottom of the pecking order. The, bourgeoisie, here shares a bond of superiority, and camaraderie and, crime against. Jennifer which. Highlights another important, aspect about the insidiousness, of bullying. Bullies. Commonly, feel justified. In their behavior, the. Laws of the aristocrat, club are completely, arbitrary and, exclusively. Designed to appease those who hold power over, others even. If their system is built on open inequality. Obviously. Designed to benefit those in power it is the, law and that's. What the law is right because, it's the, law it's. The self justification, and circular, logic of the quote unquote rule of law which, is what the game's title directly, alludes to in, real. Life it often, doesn't even have to be as explicit in. A social structure that preys, upon a, scapegoated. Minority, the, judgment call of what is right and wrong is ultimately, made by those in power if. A bullied person, gets accused, of anything, even. If it isn't actually true it, really only needs to be confirmed by some Mutual's in power to substantiate. The notion that punishing. That person, below the power threshold, is righteous. It's. A vicious circle that's very hard to break just, like it's shown how Jennifer is constantly, wrongfully. Accused of lying of, being dirty of stealing. Or breaking, things that she didn't even touch, but. When her word stands against that of the self-appointed, aristocracy. It, always falls flat. Mob. Mentality is, what promises, the reward of not, being on the receiving end and that, is enough, for most accomplices. To justify, increasing, participation in, abusive, behavior, Alan. Times that work subconsciously. Deep inside of them they know that what they're doing is, wrong, but the social pressure is strong enough to serve as a letter of indulgence, to tag along on this downward spiral, of abuse.
Bullying. Manipulates. Bystanders. Into complicity. It. Makes categoric, use of the fear of an individual, or groups power in. Rule of rose this is especially, embodied, by Amanda's, transition, from a frightened, mistreated. Victim into a maniacally. Spiteful, aggressor. When. Jennifer joins the aristocrats, she's assigned the rank of beggar the, rock-bottom of the red crayon social, ladder at. That time Amanda, has already endured their abuse for an unspecified, amount of time and everything about her body. Language her, timid, demeanor and well the, things she utters underlines. How she's living a life in fear among her peers, but. Our arrival. Marks the first time that she's ever been elevated over someone, else but. At the end of day one when, we deliver our first gift to the bourgeoisie, and the powers that be decided, that you're. A, disgrace. The. Rule of Rose states that punishment, must follow and. To initiate her new rise from the bottom of the pack it is Amanda, who is instructed. To carry out that sentence. She's. Visibly, appalled, by the prospect, of torturing, Jennifer but her fear of those in power is ultimately much, greater and she, does what she has to do now. Many. Years ago when I was doing my mandatory, military service I distinctly, remember how, a lot of new recruits boasted. How they would never bow to anyone, shouting, orders in their face no, one's gonna tell me you are a terror but. Every single one of them folded, pretty quickly and. It was achieved with a very simple yet effective manipulation. Trick, whenever, somebody refused. To follow a direct order the, drill instructor simply, punished. The entire platoon. Everyone. Except, the perpetrator, themselves. They, just, stood around and did, nothing while every, single one of their comrades, were doing chores push-ups. Or some other form of punitive, labor the. Combined social, pressure, of 40 to 50 Mutual's, directing, their scorn, towards, them weakly, made anyone with revolting, tendencies, fall, in line quietly. Within, the first day the. Strategy, here was to manipulate the soldiers, into policing, and surveying, each other and, yet military, training employs. Bullying, dynamics, to establish, a hierarchy of dominance, always, has been like the afton it's not even really a secret. Bullying. Systematically. Manipulates. People to, justify, abusive. Behavior, over there empathetic, impulses. And, that is exactly what, the aristocrats, do with Amanda because, very soon after, Jennifer's, punishment, their roles get, reversed when. They realize, Amanda's, reluctance, to be cruel they instigate. A situation. In which Amanda. Gets, punished by Jennifer, and, demote. Her back to rock bottom in Canada this. Of course was, never Jennifer's, intention, she just tried to survive and live by the rules, it's. The bourgeoisie, who frame it like Jennifer is the one to blame for a man as predicament, they, scapegoat. Her and. From that point on amanda, begins to gradually, grow more and more hatred, towards jennifer until, she becomes the sole target, of all her, frustration, and scorn in. Her diary we, can read how she slowly, dives, down a spiral, of projected, anger, until she feels nothing, but unfiltered. Hatred, and contempt, towards, the mere idea, of Jennifer. She. Starts telling lies, about her scheming. Behind her back and eventually. Becomes, a willing evangelist, of the aristocrats, mob mentality against. Her what's, so spine-chilling about, the way rule of rose depicts, these social, dynamics, is that, this is literally how bullying turns, initially, well-meaning. Bystanders. Into accomplices. And active, participants. And, that's, not even the most brilliant, part about it the. Game even pulls the rug from under our feet and uses, those same tricks, on us the, player, during. My research for this video I've asked a handful of people for their impressions, of rule of Rose and most, of them mentioned, how scary, Amanda, was to them and, how they gradually, began to despise, her more and more towards. The end even, though the game makes it abundantly clear that, she is a victim, herself it. Puts the players through, the same spiral, of dehumanization. And scapegoating. And systematic. Withdrawal, of empathy, that turned Amanda against Jennifer to. Me this always made Amanda enjoy so much more effective and intimidating, antagonist not. Only does she have a believable. Reason, for her manic, behavior the. Players, are also made, to walk a mile in her shoes and. It gives them blisters. I. Believe. By now it should be clear, that the aristocrats. Don't just use their bullying, purely. Out of sadistic, pleasure but, that they've established a, system that, preys on the weak for their own benefit, on the.
Surface It really does appear, as if the aristocrat, society is just a silly kids game with. Terms and expressions blindly. Copied, from adults and tossed around to make the pretense feel fancy, but. At times their laws and hierarchy, shows some surprising. Parallels, to exploitative. Inequality, in actual, adult society, of their time yeah. The red crayon aristocrat, society is if you look closely and almost, on the nose imitation. Of a Marxist, view of exploitative, societal, structures, and. If you feel that this is shoehorning. Politics, into a game where you don't want it to be you, haven't been paying attention rule. Of Rose is openly, political, it's all there, in the writing, in the design and the world building and, it's so rarely talked about so let's have a look first. Of all rule of rows is set in 1930. In the UK an era, in which right-wing, reactionary. Demagogues, and socialist, movements, heavily, clashed ideologically. The. Aristocrats, used Marxist. Terms to label, and designate, their feudalistic, hierarchy. Like, separating. Bourgeoisie, and royalty. From the working-class, the, beggars the poor the proletariat. Their. System is openly. Designed, around the exploitation, of the lower-class, daily. Gifts, taxes. That have to be delivered to serve the desires of those in power it. Requires a social, class to put an extensive. Effort for something that is of no inherent, value to them except, avoiding, legal, punishment. For non-compliance, their. Labor is being, exploited. The aristocrats also, put up the illusion, of a utilitarian. Meritocracy. Something, that's often brought up in defense of oppressive, systems, the, prospect. Of advancement. In social, rank for anyone who just puts, in enough elbow grease. Amanda. Is adequately, dubbed, the, rag princess, which is a nod to the popular, from rags to riches myth, and that fuels. Her illusory, hopes to one, day break, out from the lower-class, but. While this is hypothetically. Within the range of possibilities, for individuals, an advancement. In social, class mandatorily. Requires. The failure, or increased, poverty, of others, in the lower-class in exchange, a system. That distributes large, amounts, of wealth and power to only the few who thrive by, design, has, to keep the vast majority below. A threshold or, it, won't be profitable, enough for those above the power line anymore, this, threshold, is portrayed, explicitly. In the rule of Rose it, is a visible, thick, line, Jennifer. And Amanda formed a lower class while repeatedly, given the prospect, of advancement. If they, just prove their worth how. Much fairer could it be huh but. The odds are of course always stacked. Against, them this. Game is rigged. We. Like the little bitches on a chessboard. Pawns. As. Described. Before when, Jennifer actually gets, promoted in rank of course within the confines of the lower class it automatically. Makes Amanda, lose status, in the process, none. Of the members of the refined class of course give away any of their status the struggle, happens, exclusively. Below, the power threshold. The rule of Roe's redistributes. Power among, the social class to inside artificial. Friction, among them we've. Talked about bullying, dynamics, and specifically, the manipulative. Coercion, into complicity, among, the weaker and how, that's also, deliberately, exploited. In real life examples. Artificial. Incitement. Of animosity, among the lower classes to, distract, the focus, away from those in power who, fabricated. The system of inequality. For their own gain in the first place. Redirecting. Frustration. And alienation. Onto a fabricated. Adversary. It's fear-mongering. In, adult. Society, this is the number one strategy of demagogues, to rile people up against, a made-up threat, and it, keeps being so effective, because fear and hatred spread. So much easier, and faster than. Compassion. And empathy. So. If, playing by the rules is designed, to, only lead you in circles than, is. There even a way out, well. Jennifer. Faces, ongoing, sadistic. Abuse from the aristocrats, but cheap takes it she's, unhappy but, she still keeps following. The rules she. Suffers, but she still has something, someone. That, makes life bearable. Those. That abuse power of, the tendency, to never get enough they. Always want more and more until, one, day they inevitably, go. Too far there's. Always a, breaking, point. This. Is. Revolution. It's. No. Coincidence that, this pivotal, moment of the game of Jennifer's. Violent. Uprising. Against the self anointed royalty. Is graded, in the blue white, and red. Of the turf war trickle or this. Is, not evolution do, turbulent, this, is the social, class overthrowing. The bourgeoisie. Think. About every. Political revolution. Happens, because a people's, oppression. Has reached a crucial breaking, point in. The early 20th century for instance the Russian, people under, the reign of the Tsar had already been exploited.
And Mistreated in. The harshest, of conditions imaginable, for. Decades, but. It needed, a catalyst, a breaking, point in this case it was the neck breaking demand, for resources and, Russia entered World War one that, finally. Tipped the scales and led to open, revolution, against those in power. Jennipher. As we said hadn't you're an awful, lot of mistreatment, over a long period, of time but. For her to finally snap, the, aristocrats, have to bend her past a breaking point with. The aristocrats, murdered. Brown they. Are hunger, for ever more power took the one thing from Jennifer, that had made life, under oppression bearable. For her until that point and her. Act of open, defiance unlike. Everything else she tried before immediately. Dismantled. The aristocrats, in one fell swoop because, she directly, went for the ruler Wendy. The one who was secretly in charge of the aristocrats, all along, and by, that she disrespects. And bypasses. They're made of hierarchy. I think, myself look very most, stupid. Games. There's. Also no coincidence. That to, fill the newly emerged power vacuum, she, gets immediately, elected, as the new leader of the aristocrats, even though it doesn't really even show any desire, to participate, in their petty game of power at all. One. Of the most common, comparisons. Drawn, when talking about rule of Rose is William Golding's, 1954. Novel Lord of the Flies which. Tells the story of a group of boys stranding. On an uninhabited, island the, horrendous attempts, of governing, themselves and, while. The two stories have a lot of themes in common, a group. Of kids suddenly, left on their own without adult supervision that, ends, up in an abusive, totalitarian. Society rule, of Rose delivers, something that Lord of the Flies largely. Omits, it. Doesn't, just show the how but. The why as well. Dynamics. Of power abuse. Can theoretically, arise, under all kinds of circumstances, but. External, factors such as social, upbringing family. Background, and pedagogical. Practices, employed, by teachers, and parenting. Figures have a tremendous, impact on the development of social values, and behavior, of children growing, up in rule. Of Rose there are many different antagonistic. Figures among the kids but, no matter how misguided and, vile any of those kids turn out in, a greater sense all, of them are victims. If. There is one decided. Root cause for all the developmental, disturbances, and antisocial, tendencies, the. Orphans develop, its, mr., Hoffman, the, headmaster, and teacher of the institution, and the children's. Legal guardian. Hoffman. Is a typical, pre-war, father figure, stereotype, he, is emotionally, distant, and cold and, he embodies the principle, of discipline, and tough love he's.
Accordingly, Dubbed the strict teacher by the orphans, and he punishes failure, and insufficiencies. Swiftly, and mercilessly. And. He makes unbridled. Use of both physical, and verbal abuse. Jennifer. Repeatedly, gets directly, insulted. And degraded, by him throughout the not, just visa V but also in front of other schoolmates and, he's known to regularly, scold, the children with this wooden chalkboard, pointer a disgustingly. Common, traditional. Educational. Practice, of that era. Strictness. In and of itself can, be very valuable for establishing, a sense of direction and, children growing up but, that's only the case of its exercise in, a benevolent, and fair manner. Hoffman. Is the polar opposite, of that he, openly enacts in favoritism. For some children without, attempting, to disguise his disdain, for others whenever, he speaks to the orphans over the mansion's speaker system, he reads the names of the children in the order of his preference, and not surprisingly, it is directly, analogue, to the hierarchy, of the aristocrat Club and, Jennifer. Is always, at the bottom of his list. His. Perpetual, unbridled. Disdain, and his verbal and physical harassment. Of Jennifer carried. Out openly. In front of everyone, to witness, directly. Empowers, the aristocrats, and to them serves, as a justification, for, their bullying behavior. Now. There's one person Hoffman. Always lists as his favorite, girl, Diana. No. When I was in high school we, had a gym teacher boys, and girls were separated, for PE in my school and this guy would exclusively. Teach the girls classes, he. Always arranged, his students, in four to five groups ostensibly, sorted, by performance. If you performed, well enough for a while you'd rise out to a better group until you've reached the ACE team now. One day he accidentally, forgot his ledger in the sports fall and some students found it and read through it and it came to lie that it contained his mental, notes for every single one of his students with, detailed, descriptions of, their outer appearances, in disturbing, detail we're. Talking about how good, or cute, looking a student was their, hair color and cut body, shape height skin, complexion, legs breast, size and literally, a rating, of their looks on a numbered, scale and what, a surprise, is hot-or-not meter was pretty much identical with the class's performance, groups if, your teacher didn't. Find you fuckable, enough you'd never get an A in gym class, this, was brought to the school administration and, you probably think the teacher was fired effective immediately right, but. No the school irrelevantly. Pointed, out jet like his past as a distinguished, athlete, and how he had been a model teacher for such a long time and they pretty much brushed the whole affair under the carpet they, directly, protected, an F F I'll late fifties, man who verifiably. Rated, his female, underage, students, by how attracted. He felt to them and he faced zero. Consequences. Rule. Of roses Hoffman is basically, what happens when you take such a pedophile, slash Heba file and make him the supervisor, of a remote orphanage, full of forsaken, children, and made him their legal guardian, his. Attraction, for, underage, girls, is the main motivation, behind, his favoritism. And there are at least two, cases where, it's aggressively. Hinted at that Hoffman, exploited. His power and parental, guardianship. To sexually, abuse children in, his care Clara. Is the most visibly, depicted, case of Hoffman's, sexual misconduct and, rule of Rose she's, around 1516, years old and at, the time before, Diana reaches, adolescence she, was known to be Hoffman's, favorite, the. Game strongly. Implies that Hoffman, raped and/or, sexually. Abused her repeatedly, over an extended period of time she. Is commonly, found in a sick room sitting, on the examination caught, with Hoffman, right next to her in the room, her. Body language conveys. Insecurity. Fear, and shame when talked to and, when Jennifer attempts to open drawers in that room she stops her in panic, quite, likely hiding evidence of Hoffman Smith treatment of her often.
Himself, Just nods and hums and silent, agreement. In. A later chapter we find Hoffman, leading her into a secluded room with a bed hunched. Over and sluggishly, shuffling, her feet as if she's suffering, from abdominal. Pain. At. That point in the game we face the mermaid, princess boss, which. Is a grotesque, manifestation. Of how Jennifer's, young mind, made sense of Clara sexual, misconduct that she witnessed one. Of the main attacks, of Clara's, mermaid, form is an acidic vomit, hinting, at heavy morning, sickness and vomiting, as a symptom of an unwanted, pregnancy, we. Can also find a large scar, on her lower abdomen pointing. To an abortion through, c-section. Her. Fish tail is actually the tail of Hoffman's, koi which, Jennifer comments, on is floating, freely but never able to escape the. Koi is a recurring, symbol, of the kids wishing, to flee the orphanage, and be free of their imprisonment. There. Are more indicators, for Clara's, pregnancy, and Hoffman's, inappropriate, affection, for her we. See her scrubbing, the floor with the headmaster looming. Over her gazing, at her body and instructing. Her in a disgusting, sexually. Suggestive tone, or. When. We find her cleaning the examination, caught right in the crotch region, suggesting. That this is where the c-section took place and that she was made to clean it up herself, during. That chapter, we also repeatedly, hear loud music, being played over the speaker system and, since Hoffman and Clara in the same room the entire time this, is likely meant to be an acoustic, distraction. To cover up any troubling, noises, caused by his misconduct. Clara. Is said to have disappeared. At some point in time in several, details, such, as the gills on the mermaid princess's character, model not, just on the body also, on her wrists hint, at the possibility that. Clara might have in act in self-harming. Behavior, or even taken. Her own life she saw no way out of her situation. I've. Always regarded her role in the game as open, and direct proof for Hoffmann being a sexual predator and heavy file, and. When. She reaches, adolescence. Hoffman's. Eyes eventually. Fall on Diana. Hoffman's. Sexual, abuse of Diana is never displayed, as explicitly. As with Clara but. It's strongly implied, that he followed, a similar coercive. Pattern, with her aside. From repeatedly. Listing her as his number one student in front of all touting. His infatuation, for her out for all to witness he, seen on numerous occasions, to caress, her touching. Her in a manner that vehemently. Crosses, the line for a teacher-student, relationship. Diana's. Body language, reflects, that she, shows confusion. Fear and, repulsion, at his inappropriate physical, intimacy. She's. Also commonly shown to have her thigh wrapped, in bandages. Insinuating. Bruises, or other bodily violations. That might have occurred by often and posing himself on her.
Diana. While coming of age and facing, her already confusing, sexual. Development felt. Her sense of right and wrong aggressively. Violated. By the only Father fair in her life who, exploited, her parental dependency. On him to satisfy his personal, desires these. Experiences. Along, with the already existent, possible, trauma of being orphaned, in the first place triggered, a deep set lingering, disdain, for adults in Diana and Anna Coren fear of growing up herself. Witnessing. How she inexorably. Turns into the very thing she despises. Terrifies. Her to the core the. Process, of becoming a woman elicits. A raging, conflict, in her on. The one hand her evolving. Physical, appeal, is what caused Hoffman's. Sexual, interest in her he made her end up in this hellish situation at. The mercy of a sexual, abusive, teacher and mentor. But, on the other hand her, maturity, grants. Her power of the other kids of the orphanage, and in her alienation. Confusion. And angst she. Begins to abuse that power for herself to, establish, a sense of belonging and purpose in. Her life. She. Shows signs of grave developmental. Disorders, because of that diana, emits strong tendencies. Towards, sociopathic. Personality. Disorder, impaired. Empathy, manipulative. And anti-social, behavior and, a, very classic, tell enacting. An animal, cruelty and murder for instance. She killed the bird of her friend Elinor simply. To bet on how she reacts, to it and of. Course she, directly, captain's, the kidnapping, and murder of brown and. If you're wondering why nobody ever called the police or did, anything against Hoffman's, behavior. Well. Whoever. Believes the victim. Survivors. Of abuse and, sexual misconduct in. Any way speaking, up and accusing, their perpetrators, face the problem, that it's a case brought up by a less powerful against. A more powerful party. And in many cases those who use power have little to no effort in covering, their tracks enough. For any accusation. To fall flat the. Game even addresses, the issue of police neglect, when we read through letters written by Martha Carroll the orphanages. Housekeeper, and cook who attempted, to inform the police about her suspecting. Child mistreatment. In a different case with. The police despite, continuous. Bleeding showing, zero interest, in looking into the affair at all in, this. Case the saying is true the. Bully really is the victim. Hoffman. Is the seed that fostered, and grew into what eventually became the dysfunctional. Red crayon aristocrat. Society. We've. Talked, about a band of bullies, and, the effect their actions, have on their victims we've. Talked about the blatant, parallels, between a social hierarchy of, organized, harassment, and real word politics, and, we've talked about the impact of child neglect and exploited. Parental, power on the children of the rose-garden orphanage. And. All of this without even tackling, what could be seen as the games central, antagonist. I'm. Talking, about Wendy. Jennifer's. Savior, best, friend and supposed, love, interest, in big air quotes who, is eventually revealed to be the ringleader of the red crayon aristocrats. Bearing, the rank of princess, of the red rose, she. Was the one who orchestrated. All the wrongdoings, jennifer has been subjected to during her year in the orphanage, and, she, embodies another type of abusive, relationship. Rule of Rose addresses, in its narrative. But. To understand, her role in a story is. Vital, to untangle. The scrambled, paths of Jennifer so. Let's, see what really happened, to her during her time in the Rose Garden orphanage. Without. The filter of delusion, through which her story is presented throughout the game. Jennifer's. Tale begins, in 1929. A few months before she entered the orphanage at the. Time she was traveling, with her parents on board of a luxury airship on a fly from karting Tintin to India. But due, to technical. Malfunctions. The, airship crashed. This. Disaster, was inspired, by the r101. A real-life. Experimental. Long-distance. Airship, that crashed, in France in the same year, and killed, nearly, all of its passengers. In. Rudolph, Rosa's case Jennifer. Was the sole, survivor of the catastrophe, that made, her an orphan and this tragic, event is the reason why the hazy, recollections. Of her childhood conflate. The year she spend in the orphanage, with her memory onboard of the ill-fated, airship. Before. Salvage, and rescue teams arrived, Jennifer's, unconscious. Body was found by a poor pea farmer, named Gregory, Wilson, he.
Brought Her to his little farmhouse where, he lived in solitude sometime after, his son Joshua, had, passed away for reasons unspecified. Gregory. Took care of the injured Jennifer nurtured. Her two health found gave her a new home but. His, son's recent, passing, had made him unstable. In the, wake of Joshua's. Death Gregory. Had turned to alcohol, and developed. Strong suicidal. Tendencies, and, he. Gradually, developed something like a replacement. Complex. Through Jennifer, he. Began addressing her with his late son's name cut, her hair short like Joshua, used to wear it and dressed, her in his old clothes until. He started, believing that Jennifer, in fact, was, Joshua, and that his son had never died after, all he. Became increasingly. Overprotective. And eventually. Permanently, locked in her in the basement to, make sure he would never lose his son ever, again, Jennifer. Grew increasingly, afraid, and repeatedly, tried to escape but she was not able to on her own, but, one fine day a young, girl who lived in an orphanage not too far from Gregory's, house discovered. Her through the dirty basement window. Because. Of the clothes Jennifer, was wearing the girl Wendy, mistook. Her for a boy and from that point on dubbed her her prince the. Two began exchanging letters, in secret, and quickly. Became infatuated with, each other, longing, to be together and. Then one day Wendy. Took up the courage and broke Jennifer out from her imprisonment, and they, escaped to the rose-garden orphanage. Where she was reluctantly, adopted, by headmaster, Hoffman in, the, beginning of her time in the orphanage Jennifer and Wendy were inseparable. Friends, Wendy. Introduced, her to the red crayon aristocrat, Club and being. The group's founder, and leader, she made her member, even, though Jennifer never agreed with their games from the start and only played, along because it made her friend happy, but. Over time Wendy's, affection, for Jennifer grew increasingly, obsessive. Breeding. Through their letters, that can be found in the gingerbread house and in the epilogue chapter of the game we can observe how our language becomes, gradually more, manic, and possessive.
Even. If at the time things. Still appeared to be fine from an outside perspective, but. As long as Wendy got what she wanted that, is having Jennifer all to herself she, was appeased, but. As it is common with abusers, it usually, needs a catalyst, that tips the scales from simply, being a caring, friend into, her turning into the obsessive control, freak that would turn Jennifer's, life into an everyday hell. For. Wendy this, catalyst, was brown. One. Day Jennifer. Was, wandering out and about and discovered, a lonely, hungry. And helpless, puppy, abandoned. In a dilapidated shed, near the orphanage, she couldn't, leave the poor thing to starve so driven, by compassion and, love with a little baby boy she, took him in nursed. Him to health and, the two very, quickly became, inseparable, friends. Jennifer's. Fondness, for Brown, immediately stirred. Jealousy, in Wendy she. Repeatedly. Expressed her dislike, of dogs call, Jennifer's, friend filthy, dirty, and made, it clear that she wants to never offer herself. But. Jennifer of course didn't want to part with her friend and frankly, she didn't even see a problem, and despite, her attempts, to befriend when in brown overtime, Wendy's, jealousy, turned into spite, which. In turn made Jennifer, recede, more and more and favor Browns company, over hers a cycle. Of power and balance the. More wendy pulled the, more it made jennifer want to distance herself, and. At some point wendy. Snapped. Around. That time Hoffman. Alongside the housekeeper, Martha Carol and Clara had, disappeared, from the orphanage, leaving, the remote mansion, without any adult, supervision, and. Even though it was technically, only meant to be a game in this leaderless, vacuum, of power the, red crayon aristocrat, Society stepped, in to seize the power through, their twisted sense of law and order over the children that were left behind they. Became, the de facto leadership. Of the Forsaken, Rose Garden orphanage. Wendy. Increasingly, abused, her power to, rile the aristocrats, up against Jennifer and, inciting, the group to harass and bully her in. Her, own mind she, always acted, in Jennifer's best, interest, coercing. Her into giving up her friend and committing, to their love and friendship. A very common justification. Used by abusers, I love. You so much and my love for you is so righteous, that your suffering, is necessary. And deserved, if you're unable to see the truth my. Truth, I'm, only mistreating, you because that's what you make me do, the. Spiral of abused by the hand of the aristocrats, is depicted, in many of the game's chapters, and, it eventually culminates. When Wendy, declared, filthy, Brown as, the gift of the day the. Aristocrats, trapped Jennifer's, friend tied him up stuffed, him in a bag and. Beat. Him to death. This. Is the bottom, of the abusive, spiral, of Wendy's attempts, to coerce Jennifer, into coming. Back to her and this, is where things all Tamara, went too far for Jennifer, witnessing. The murder of her dear friend maid Jennifer finally, stand up against, Wendy's bullying. As. We said before the, aristocrats, immediately, dethrone, her and declare Jennifer their new leader, now. After, that things, turn a little bit over, spectacular. If you ask me Wendy. Runs away from the orphanage after this incident and pretty much immediately plots, her revenge, for. Much of the information the game presents during the gingerbread house chapter, and final, encounter was the epilogue chapter, Wendy, goes on to exploit Gregory, the lone P farmers weak mental, state and his obsession with his deceased son Joshua, by, dressing, up as a young boy and impersonating. Him. During. The games big reveal, at the end it, turns out that the boy who had been leading Jennifer, and players, around throughout most of the game it, was a cross-dressing, Wendy, all along.
Wendy. Systematically. Manipulated. The gullible Gregory, and trained him like an animal among. The kids he became the legend of stray dog a boogeyman, story the children of the orphanage whispered, about fearing. Stray dog would come and eat them one night and. Well, can I say turns out they were right one. Night in December Wendy, actually, brings Gregory, to the orphanage, and orders, him to, Massacre. Everybody. Kappa guess, she went a bit farther dingy. This. Is the final boss fight of the game depending, on how we deal with him he, reached the good or the bad ending, in, the bad ending Jennifer outride kills him in combat and, loses her memory for good, while. In the good ending she hands him his revolver, and Gregory, ends up taking his own life, following. Through the suicidal, urge he had ever since he had lost his son. Jennifer. Leaves the orphanage, once again being the only survivor, of a mass tragedy. And subsequently. Represses. All the memories of this tormented, period, of her life until. She returns, at age 19, didn't. Come to terms with his troubles past. Full. Circle, now. Let's. Talk about Jennifer. And Wendy's, relationship. Now. Especially in the context, of the games ban it's, often been suggested that their relationship, is an underaged. Lesbian, romance and, if. You judge by the language they use in the letters and by their body language and some of the cutscenes well, I won't deny that the game definitely heavily, plays with this notion but. The truth is it, doesn't really matter the entire purpose, of Wendy, X Jennifer, in the narrative rule of Rose is that it is another type of abusive, relationship, the game addresses, one, that is phazon unhealthy, entitlement. And position, and for, this that, type of relationship, is, completely, irrelevant. Romantic. Partners, friends. Parents. Of the children, possessiveness. In relationships. Is a common, cause for emerging. Abuse patterns in any type. Of relationship no, matter the nature. The. Way this game portrays, Wendy, and plays, with the player's expectations. Is comparable, to the story of Amanda, in her. Case players, get to witnessed, the abuse she suffers, from her social circles, firsthand making. The players empathize, with her situation and, form a bond through mutual suffering, with her. Only to flip her so drastically, that she becomes a threat that forces, the players into fearing, and despising, her in the same way she did, with Jennifer in, Wendy's. Case the game uses the trick of leaving, the player in the dark she's been the one behind all the sadistic mistreatment. Of Jennifer all along, until. A real nature is revealed to us every. Encounter, with her is amicable. Among. The large cast of characters, that act pretty much unanimously. Vitriolic, Lee towards Jennifer, all the time, interactions. With Wendy in contrast, always feel like a fresh breeze a Quantum, of Solace, she's. Gentle kind, and caring, her, character is deliberately, set up to feel like a relief in a world of bullies, this. Is how Wendy's affection, for Jennifer felt to her after, she lost her parents and after being locked in a basement by a terrifying madman. For months, just. As it was for Jennifer it takes us a long time to, understand. That her affection, was guided, by deep personal, issues low, self-esteem and jealousy, and that she's the root cause behind all Jennifer, had to suffer. Wendy. Is like, all the other kids in rose-garden and orphan, the, and, although we never learn about her exact personal, circumstances. And how she ended, up in the orphanage she, at some point in her life lost, her parents the. Lack, of a parental figure was. The already established complete. Failure, of the headmaster, in being one and in.
Addition To that her frail health had often doomed, her to stay inside alone. In bed for days at a time, it makes whinnies intense fear of abandonment all, the more plausible the. Friendship with Jennifer managed, to suppress, this constant. Feeling of loneliness and abandonment in, her in the beginning possibly. For the first time since she was orphaned and it made, her feel more complete, which. Is in and of itself a wonderful, thing. Possessiveness. In early, stages in our culture is very often interpreted, as something inherently, positive is, read, as a sign, of affection and, fondness. But, as soon as it becomes a persistent. Negative trade, as soon as one person bases, their entire happiness and, self-esteem, on, the compliance, of the desired and, as soon as they develop a sense of entitlement, over the desired person, possessiveness. Quickly, reveals, its toxic, nature, it's. Comparable to the behavior, of an addict, as soon as the desired person, shifts their attention, away from the, possessive, person it, invokes fears, of abandonment. Suspicions. Of betrayal and mostly, irrational, jealousy. Jealousy. Is inherently tied to the idea that a person in, some capacity belongs. To you and this, notion can, very easily spiral. Into abusive, behavioral, patterns, as, it is the case with windy ones Jennifer adopts brown. Possessive. Relationships, are unlike. Our society, often likes to frame it not, about love but, primarily, about entitlement. Control. And power a pent. In Jennifer's case for instance is never a competitor, for a friend, any. Healthy, relationship is, built on the desire for the happiness of the other which, necessarily requires. Space, and, freedom for both persons, a healthy. Relationship of, any kind is built on trust and altruism. In. Possessive. Relationships, on the other hand one, party regards, the other primarily. As a means to their own happiness with. Little to no regard, for that person's, boundaries, or individual, freedom. There. Are many subtle and not so subtle ways possessive. People attempt to control relationship. Partners, as a means to calm their own emotions, yet. Feeling. Connected as someone never, means, you are entitled, or allowed, to exert power over them. Wendie goes down that spiral where genuine, affection turns. Into a chain reaction of, possession, and domination, where. The happiness of the person, of interest becomes, irrelevant. While the desire to control, or, takes, her thoughts and actions, we. Can see her increasingly, controlling, behavior, towards Jennifer as symbolized. By the growing amounts of rope the airship gets wrapped up in over the course of a story. With. Increasing jealousy, Wendy's, destructive. Path becomes, equally, more intense, she. Systematically. Isolates, Jennifer's socially, by, having the aristocrats, demote her to the lowest rank and spreading, lies about her, not, just to the other kids but even, to the effect that the adults, perpetuate. The notion that Jennifer, constantly. Lies in bed she reeks. In, turn. The more Jennifer feels alone, and abandoned, the more she seeks solace in her friendship, with town and, in responds. The more when he doubles down in her destructive, behavior. Brunel. Grows portrays. How possessiveness. And relationships, eventually. Always, damages. Everyone. Involved and inexorably, takes over everything. Devoid. Of freedom, trust and tranquillity, everybody. Ends up suffocated. By the erratic, controlling, behavior, of an abuser. After. Months of suffering through, the bullying, of pretty much every, person, in Jennifer's small, world after feeling, how her actions have only driven Jennifer, further and further away from her Wendy, finally, resolves, to take the one last thing that brings, Jennifer, solace, from, her it's.
The Moment when Jennifer finally, can defend, her abuser, anymore and at, the same time the ultimate, symbol for how possessive behavior. Ultimately, damages, everyone. Once. The game reveals Wendy's true face it, tears, the facade of love down and, exposes, it for the toxic, entitlement. It really is and always has been every. Previous interaction. With her suddenly, becomes tainted so much so that plays with the game a second, time was, her kind and caring demeanor, in a far darker light. Wendy. Acted. Like every, abusive she. Never backed down never. Second-guessed, her selfish motivations, and always, felt justified, in her hurtful, behavior because. She was convinced, that the end to her means was, ultimately good that. Her acting, was righteous. For. This video I've, now, literally, spent months, with, Lula Rose playing. Researching. Writing replaying. Rewriting. Recording, editing more research playing, again and so on and so on and so on and. You think that by now I really, can't stand to look at the game anymore right but. It's the opposite really the, more I dig into this game's incredibly. Deep and multifaceted. Characters. And lore the. More I analyze, it and take it apart into its atoms, the, more I try to connect dots and, decipher, its symbolism, and metaphors, the, more I adore, the authors, for what they achieved with, rural rose, it. Is at heart. A tale, of power imbalance. A story. That rejects, the traditional. Simplistic, notion, of pure good, for, his pure evil, but that instead, showcases. Many different, forms, of abuse and, how they can arise, from all, kinds, of circumstances, it. Constantly. Plays on your perception of wrong and right and the, deeper you venture, into its rabbit hole the. More you find that, everybody. In here has been through some shit really. And. I think that's what I ultimately respect, the game the most for then. It goes to the lengths, to explain, the why behind, all, the horrible stuff that makes its characters, go through without. Ever telling you and, here, is how you should feel about it, that. It doesn't serve you its lessons, on a silver, platter but. That it makes you work for it. Justification. The. Better you understand, that's characters, the, harder, the game makes it to cast. The first stone. If. Anything. It hammers, home that things are, always. More, complicated than, they seem at face value. Rule. Arose shows how in most, cases those. Who views, often don't, even realize, what exactly. They're doing how. In their own way they are convinced. That what they're doing is the right thing and how, they're often utterly, unaware, of, the power imbalances. They profit, from. Wendie, for instance just like every person who becomes increasingly. Possessive. In a relationship, they feel is slipping, away from them in her, own way acts because, she believes that manipulative. Ly taking, Jennifer's, freedom, away is in Jennifer's best, interest.
That She. Just, doesn't, know what's good for her this. Is the methodology. Of abuse. When. Jennifer revolves, against the aristocrats, that, is the moment when the power imbalance. Is shattered, and, it shows how often social. Structures, like these only work if. We allow them. If. There is one thing to take away from role, of roles and it is the importance, of learning to recognize power. Imbalance. That. Is if you're on the r