How good do we think to know someone else?
not doing and saying anything at all, while being somehow missing in action even if officially nothing bad has happened between us.
The hero, in order to succeed in his initiation journey, has to leave a safe and familiar environment and to enter the forest, where he will eventually find something or someone, for either completing a specific task or acquiring a new skill and then... he will have to come back, as proof of his talents, his courage, his survival and at the same time his metaphorical rebirth.
In that perspective, the forest represents our fears, our insecurities, our doubts, and what I like to call our "demons".
Bryce Dallas Howard as Ivy Walker
What could one meet, in that dark forest?
The bad feelings that we try to avoid and to deny.
The painful emotions that we would love to forget and to talk down.
The sad memories that could torment us.
The not so perfect sides of ourselves that we prefer to ignore.
The things we are not proud of. The failures, the mistakes, the false steps.
The situations that we are not able to handle in the way we would like to.
And so on.
We’re all so afraid of being judged. Part of being civilized is that we’re supposed to be grown-ups and be in control of our emotions, but we’re not. We’re children. We’re selfish children, and we’re socialized and conditioned to act like responsible adults.
Tags: Morphology of the tale, Initiation journey, Dark forest, Being vulnerable, Relationships, Quotes, The Village, Little Red Riding Hood
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