Archive for the “Symbolism” Category

There is a very exciting recent addition to the Atlas Rule of Rose website that I just now discovered! Click on the link to that site http://www.atlus.com/ruleofrose/ Then click on “staff”, and then click where it says “special interview”. Then look for where it says “added March 2012″.

You’ll find a brand new article, by one of the authors of Rule of Rose, in which official explanations are given to mysteries not explained in the “Once Upon A Time” chapter!

I’m happy to learn that I had figured out some of them. But other explanations come as a big shock to me!

I need a little time to digest it all. Then I’ll give my reactions in some blog-posts as soon as possible.

—This was an April Fool’s Day post—

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See “What’s Going On in the Corner of the Play Area of the Orphanage? (Part 1)” for relevant screen-caps of the Play Area.
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On the map (top picture) the room labeled (26) is the Play Area, and the area labeled (25) is the Balcony. This, it seems to me, makes the window in the corner of the Play Area—that we’ve been examining during this series of blog-posts—the same window near which we see Jennifer and Eleanor standing on the balcony (middle picture).

Notice how the three ropes that hang down from the balcony rail line up with the window. Those ropes hang down toward the strange objects arrayed in front of the “Legend of Stray Dog / Stray Dog kidnaps kidz” drawing (bottom picture).
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In a number of previous blog-posts, I’ve argued that the imps are dream/fantasy representations of what were actually, in Jennifer’s forgotten past, the orphans wearing bags on their heads (i.e. in costumes that started out as Halloween costumes).

The above screen-capture from the “Rag Princess Sews” chapter reveals to us a pig imp as being merely a costume worn by a generic-type imp. I think that this is just a further fantasy/dream distortion of Jennifer’s emerging (previously repressed) memories of the imps as the orphans wearing costumes.
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Jay’s high resolution screen-captures have cleared up the ambiguity of the view we get—during the “Once Upon A Time” chapter when Jennifer comments at the table—of the hanged doll in the Cell of Bliss.

One shape that had been proposed (I’ve forgotten by whom) to resemble a bird’s beak turned out just to be the outline of a hatchet. But is there still a bird’s beak (with bird nostrils) to be seen on the doll?

Tell me what you think.
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There are two reddish damp spots associated with the table in the Cell of Bliss.

One spot, the smaller spot, centers under the hanged doll, and looks redder near the spot’s center than at the spot’s edges.

The other spot seems, by its shape, to be divided: partly on the table and partly on the floor.

There is a reddish tinge to these damp spots. Could the red be from blood? It doesn’t seem to me to be red enough to be blood, unless those damp spots represent blood stains that have been imperfectly washed up with water. Could that be what they are?
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From the perspective of these screen-captures, it looks like the doll hanged in Cell of Bliss might be a rabbit doll.

If so, does the rabbit doll represent Wendy’s pet, Peter the rabbit? Or does the rabbit doll represent Mr. Hoffman as Sir Peter?

At one time, I thought this doll had been scribbled on with red crayon. In these pictures, we can see that there is no such scribbling as the type we saw on Jennifer, and saw on bagged-Martha, but there are some mysterious red dots and red rings. Any ideas about the significance of these red dots/rings, anybody?

And, does anybody have an idea to explain the large dark spot on the front of the doll’s torso?
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It seems to me quite clear that the snowman (using the term in a non-gender-specific way) is depicted as awaiting execution standing before the gallows.

But who does the snowman represent?
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At the end of “The Mermaid Princess” chapter of Rule of Rose, one can see that the model of the orphanage in Mr. Hoffman’s aquarium is upside-down.

I think this is a genuine case of symbolism, and that the symbolism is not hard to interpret.

The theme of “The Mermaid Princess” chapter is, in my opinion, Hoffman’s sexuality directed at Clara and Diana. His sexual bad behavior is what caused the metaphorical overturning of the (real, not the model) orphanage. The orphans, who had competed for Hoffman’s good opinion previously, turned against him and rebelled, and then he “disappeared”. The orphan revolution ultimately led to Martha’s disappearance as well, and the orphanage coming under the rule of an orphan (the Princess of the Rose). This, I propose, is the symbolic meaning of the overturned orphanage in “The Mermaid Princess” chapter.

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Thanks, Jay, for providing the screencap that I edited for use.

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Thanks to Jay’s new high resolution image (taken via emulator) of a wall of the Cell of Bliss, we can now read the writing on the wall. Here is how I read it:

Comes and comes
a dwarf comes

Came and came
the dwarf came

The dwarf behind you.

Now, now, it is the time of
cleaning up.

I will tidy up (the?) dark place.

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What is this talk of “a dwarf” and “the dwarf” about? If it refers to the “spooky things” (the “imps”) in general, why is it the singular form “dwarf” instead of the plural form “dwarfs”?

Could “the dwarf” refer to one particular orphan? If so, whom?

If I had to pick one orphan that comes to my mind when I hear the term “the dwarf”, I’d definitely pick Amanda.

If not Amanda, Meg?

What do you think?

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Now that we have high resolution images (thanks to Jay) of the Cell of Bliss, we have more clues than previously about this fascinating and puzzling area. My previous hypothesis about the figures on the left side of the table in the Cell of Bliss had been that it represented the scene in “The Little Princess” chapter when Jennifer falls into the coffin. I am no longer confident that hypothesis is a viable one.

Previously, I thought there were five figures on the left side of the table. But higher resolution clearly shows there are six figures present. This means that the number of figures present does not match the number of people in “The Little Princess” chapter scene.

Previously, I thought the figures on the left side of the table were marked with a red rose symbol. But higher resolution clearly shows that the red symbol is actually an “X” with an “O” around it.

Can anybody think of a new way to interpret the meaning of these figures on the left side of the table?

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A later edit (1/11/2011): I added the high-resolution picture of the figures in the big vice on the right side of the table, as these figures match the form of the figures on the left side of the table. As commenter HidingInTheShadows pointed out, there are four figures in the big vice (counting the spike-stands of the figures makes this easiest to see).

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