Anonymous asked: OH THANK YOU THANK YOU for stating how Griffith punished Casca because she was the object of Gut's desire, instead of himself. I remembered watching the third arc movie, not knowing anything about Berserk at the time, and not only was the scene horrible to watch but I kept thinking, "Why is that demon staring at Guts the whole time?". And when I read the manga, I found that in my opinion, Casca was a means to an end, and Griffith was angered by Guts loving her instead of him. Any thoughts?
Yes to all of this, anon. My thoughts:
Griffith has that internal monologue while in the dungeon where he blames every strong feeling he’s ever had on Guts, not just anger, but jealousy and rage and joy and love, and I always read it as an excuse in order not to confront the consequences of the pursuit of his dream and the kind of person he truly is, an ambitious and ruthless person who honestly doesn’t care about the consequences unless they mean he’s winning. True, he does have moments prior to the Eclipse (the main one being the boy who wanted to be a knight bc he worshipped Griffith and died) where he questions his true nature, if he’s a horrible person, but he doesn’t change. Griffith feels this intense self-loathing and shame and fear and then he brushes it off and KEEPS GOING. He constantly justifies everything he’s doing in pursuit of his dream, and while that is noble and inspiring, it’s dangerous when part of that is repressing the negative emotions that come with it as well as the awful consequences it has on others. This is the main difference between him and Guts, despite them both being killers on the battlefield.In shutting down all the negative, he also repressed a lot of positive emotions too. He says that people have ALWAYS been either for him or against him, but he perpetuates that by being very cold and distant, keeping himself as far from his enemies as he does his friends. And he can convince himself that they don’t matter, that they are JUST a means to an end, but the moment they all realized he couldn’t lead them, he is destroyed.
This is Casca’s main role in his descent, I think, beyond an unrequited love interest and being the One for the Hero. She’s the symbolic Band of the Hawk as a whole. It’s through her we know explicitly how much they love and worship him, and Casca is the first, long before the Eclipse, that realizes Griffith is JUST a man and a pitiful one at that. Griffith doesn’t want her beyond what she can do in the battlefield and doesn’t even think too much about her at all until he’s forced to. It’s AFTER, when he’s been tortured and she’s taking care of him, he imagines a life with her outside of his dream, and he’s bored. That’s the only thing we have that we know it’s concrete about how Griffith feels about Casca. The fact that Guts “chooses” her, that they find their own happiness, it serves to make him feel even more isolated and alone and fills him with deep resentment that doesn’t and can’t manifest itself until he becomes Femto. Griffith cannot fathom a world where the people who worship him move beyond him. Casca (and Guts) once belonged to him, and the moment they “abandoned” him, he gave up. He didn’t consider that they were still totally devoted to him, that all they did, even when they were together, was about getting back to him and making him better. He doesn’t want to be pitied or helped, he wants a reverent devotion just for himself otherwise his entire life will be pointless. Or so he believes. There’s anger there, but also I think a deep resignation to his true nature, his ambition and his ruthlessness. One of my favorite lines from him is when he’s in the dungeon and he says, “This is very tedious.” It’s just another thing that’s stopping him from achieving his dream, but we all know it’s ABSOLUTELY NOT, this is the absolute END of his dream and he cannot deal with it to the point where he’s mentally clocked out. The reality of his friends coming to his aid, of him needing them more than they need him, it’s too much for him.
By becoming Femto, Griffith gains back all the autonomy he’s loss as well as a new terrifying physicality. All of this matters more to him than Guts or Casca… but that’s also bullshit because if he didn’t care, then Guts and Casca would have been killed. Rape is about control and power of one person over another. He has every other member of the Band of the Hawk KILLED, but he has Casca repeatedly raped, and when he’s done transforming, he rapes her in front of Guts. He may not know that that is an extremely triggering and traumatic thing for Guts, who was himself raped, but he ABSOLUTELY knows that it’s the traumatic moment for Casca that changed her ENTIRE life and made her worship him. It’s, like you said, punishment, but not just for Guts choosing Casca, but for Casca choosing Guts and then leaving Guts to take care of him with nothing but pity. It’s very telling that when the Godhand chose to show Griffith the road that lead to this place Griffith visualized himself as a little boy. A little boy can’t take on all that responsibility, all that brutality, all that evil nature, a child can’t be inherently evil, and I don’t think Griffith was, initially. Ambitious and ruthless, absolutely, but Griffith managed to convince himself, all the way up until the Godhand shows him the road of corpses, that everything he was doing was a noble pursuit of his dream, not a quest paved with blood and death. That’s what made Casca and the Band of the Hawk and Guts totally devoted to him, they’re dream was built on love and hope for each other and Griffith, not bodies. The Eclipse shattered and subverted ALL OF THAT, and it’s not even an issue now, we know Griffith is a piece of shit demon who wants to rule the world and will step on EVERYBODY. He’s already stepped over the bodies of Casca and Guts and his friends. He’s truly a terrifying villain.
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