Depp thoughts here. Get some
then what say you?
This has been like a cauldron brewing for days. Finally had time to put it together.
“There was terror, the thought of waking up to find him with one hand gripping my chin and the other pulling a blade across my throat, and at the same time, there was love, a son’s love for a father who shows the way, who can lead him out of a place of death towards the world of the living.”
The Mohican is used as a tool for survival.
“You need to want to live more than you do.”
‘I asked him why. Was it so he could have a hot meal?
‘he said: “Intellectual. You use your imagination too much. When a theif meets a civilian, the thief always wins, because the civilian can only imagine what his throat’ll be be like after it’s been cut, and while he’s busy doing that, the thief is cutting his throat. Think less, intellectual, breathe more. Breather. Your heart has to beat harder. The blood has to circulate. Winter. Frost. That’s what wants to eat you this minute.”
The mohican teaches Samarin how to survive.Samarin is the intellectual.
He learns that he can
use cannibalism for food when he is in the White Garden. What he needs next, is a way to get out without dying. So he uses the Mohican as a tool to as the only way out of there. He even manages to get the Mohican to feed him to become stronger to eventually over take the Mohican. The Mohican also teaches him, to think less like an intellectual, and more like a theif, so that he can overcome his fears.Samarin learns, and eating him along the way.
Samarin, being smart, is able to over come this fear of dying and cannibalism. As seen here:
Then even on p.213, he's really scared
and running from the albino, for fear of his life . Then, on p.214 , the Shaman says,
"I've seen it. First the old get eaten by the weak, then the weak get eaten by the strong, and then the strong get eaten by the clever."'
~ The shaman writes his death ticket here. Samarin knows he has to kill the shaman, for fear of being found out that he submitted to cannibalism.
"Deep within himself, Mutz turned in shame from the discovery that he considered it a tiny increment of advantage for his class, the intellectual eating the criminal, rather than the other way round."
In this paragraph, the intellectual survives, and the theif is dead. I find this twist fascinating. (It's the same as 'Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons.' in Shantaram.) Here, the intellecutal resorts to cannibalism to survive. Cannibalism not because of a lack of food, but cannibalism because of a fear of being eaten by the theif, who we already know is a cannibal.
However, Samarin, in the end continues the cannibalism (Or perhaps it was only ONE act of cannibalism), even though food is reasonably readily available. He's gone over the edge. The need for survival of being eaten himself, caused him to eat another. Untill he meets Anna, then he returns the boy! Samarin isn't SUCH a bad boy. He's an intellectual
, albeit revolutionary, who did what he needed to , to survive gettng out of the White Garden, and overcome the Mohican.
So, Intellectual turned Revolutionary. Very scary.
“The scariest enemy is from within. Allowing yourself to be limited and conform to what you're expected to conform to.”~JD