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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?



Mar. 27th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Also, I've been wondering how much the political philosophy references tie in to people's characters. (I'm also waiting for them to introduce a Hobbes, since we have a Locke, a Rousseau, and a Burke.) I guess Rousseau's running around in a state of nature, and I've not really read enough Burke to know how he fits with Juliet's or Edmund's characters. Ben should've been a Hobbes. Strong charismatic leader because life without him would be nasty, brutish and short - or at least I'm sure he sees himself that way.

Locke's desire for power doesn't really fit in with his name, from what I've read in the Second Treatise of Government. Though there was his "it's a free island" moment. Liberty through property... hmmm. Not so much. Locke's more like the second-in-command of a crazed cult (if the island's the leader). And I suppose it could be said he's rebelling against Jack's assumption of natural power (the whole doctor = leader thing) but... hmm. Not so much. Makes me wonder if the names are supposed to be indicative, or ironic, or just "look at us we did political theory 101".


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