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So, after all that heavy thinking about Sawyer and Locke, post "The Man From Tallahassee," I was just pondering this simple question: In a word, what does each person on the island want? For LOCKE, I'd say Power. SAWYER, whether he knows it or not (and you can totally argue with me on this one) Acceptance, although he'd probably still tell you it's Vengeance.


What about the rest of them? Yes, they all need redemption and love (and a nice, hot shower and a comfy bed) but if you had to sum up their deepest desire in one word? And if that's not what they should want, what do they need?

JACK: That's tough. I think he thinks he wants Control. But not in a scary, power-mad Locke way, but just because he's had too much chaos in his life. And in making his decision to leave on the sub, I think he opted for Freedom. We all know he never wanted to lead and this is a not entirely optional way out of that.

KATE: Also a tough one. We all know Kate doesn't know *who* she wants, let alone *what.* Do we even know Kate at all? Does she know herself? She tried settling down and it didn't work, so fresh starts and true love don't work for her. I almost think she must hate herself more than Sawyer does because she does not seem comfortable in her own skin. At the risk of being extremely clichéd, I'd say Freedom is kind of her cage but she craves it all the same.

SAYID: Forgiveness. He got it from one of his victims and from Nadia as well, but he can't ever be completely forgiven for what he's done.

CHARLIE: Love. The poor guy just wants to be loved.

CLAIRE: Dare, I say, Respect. No one ever gives this girl any respect, hence her huffiness when Charlie did not buy into her avian rescue plan.

HURLEY: He'd probably love to be thin and get the girl, but I'm guessing at the top of his list is to be Uncursed.

DESMOND: He blew his second chance with Penny. The writers seem to think he's struggling to be a Great Man. I think he really just wants Penny. (And hey, I'd say being psychic and saving lives is a definitely a kind of greatness. He and Hurley and Charlie should definitely sit back and discuss their different curses. Desmond: I can foresee people's deaths. Hurley: Everyone around me dies. Charlie: *backs away slowly from both of them*


But what do you think?

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alemyrddin
Mar. 26th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
Well, I think that the fact that we are able to recognize some motivation behind the characters means that we are obsessed... lol! the authors and actors have been doing a good job.
Moreover, I think that each character has more than a motivation, because this is what makes a character more complex and interesting.

But I agree that some characters are more driven by one of them, and I agree with what have been said so far.

I think however that Jack's motivation is not only control (though it's important for him), but also forgiveness and, in a lesser way, acceptance. It has been said a lot of times that he is grieved by the guilt for whatever he had done in life, so I think that for him forgiveness is the tool to a new life.
Of course, at the moment this is not his first thought, but it can be perhaps his main motivation as soon as he will be off the island. I hope that the time on the island will give him forgiveness even if he is not asking for it.

As for control, most of his action aim at gaining control, but I don't see it as an end, but as a way to an end, which is to get off the island and start living again.
Maybe Jack must learn that he can live also on the island - and I don't mean "live there forever", but at the moment he is acting with only the "get off this island" end in mind, and he is not living in the meantime.

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