Act Three, Chapter Five: 26

25th Jun 11:56 PM, 2018 in Act Three: Chapter Five
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Act Three, Chapter Five: 26
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MsMegan 25th Jun 11:56 PM, 2018 edit delete
MsMegan
ah, kid...

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Mar-ee 26th Jun 12:05 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
Ohhh Beast... thats always what a victim says. At least in regards to that "door", yes that is all true. But at the same time, you didn't see one, its hard to see one in your position. And granted its strange he's talking/arguing with himself but he needs to do this
Guest 26th Jun 5:13 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
This is progress. He needs to talk it out.
MK_Wizard 26th Jun 8:19 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
MK_Wizard
I suppose the same reason every abused person stays where they're not loved; because they are so desperate to believe that all their suffering was for a reason that they will continue to stay even when their logic says they shouldn't.
Anonymous Puffin 27th Jun 8:17 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
I am no expert, but I expect this is true. Plus, abusive people are generally quite good at (implicitly) making the abused person believe it is all their own fault ("I would love you if only you were worth loving...if only you made me happy/proud... are you deliberately being this incompetent?...You should try harder to deserve my love.")
I really want to hug both Beast and Argus right now, no matter how much of an [censored ;)] Argus seems to be in this chapter.
MK_Wizard 27th Jun 8:20 AM, 2018 edit delete reply
MK_Wizard
I don't believe it's really Argus, but rather the voice of the Beast's (the real Argus) own fears that he has to face.
The Doodler 26th Jun 1:04 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
The Doodler
Well, beast Argus isn't mauling human Argus, but then, he didn't kick him below the non-existent belt when he had the chance, either...
ReadingWolf 26th Jun 3:41 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
The Devil you know is better than the devil you don't.
"Why? Because i wasn't you. I didn't see what you see now. You blame ME for YOUR mistakes? Really?"
Stitchlingbelle 26th Jun 8:28 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Excuse me while I never stop crying again.
jadefan 28th Jun 10:48 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
It's a true power to have hindsight, to know this was a bad deal and learning from it. We believe you will make the right choice Argus.
Helena 19th Jul 6:31 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
Maybe this "door" wasn't that open. Someone suggested once that perhaps Argus should run away and start his life as a doctor in some village. But, what if his mother had people running after him? She would drag him back, and probably would kill anyone else that Argus met! That woman was an obsessed psychopath!
AbigailBrooks 27th Dec 3:20 PM, 2018 edit delete reply
AbigailBrooks
To answer the Beast's question, there is a condition called learned helplessness that applies to Argus. He spent his entire life being abused by his mother (and possibly his father as well), who dominated his life so totally that she interfered with his affairs well into his adulthood (arguing about his sex life and trying to encourage him to give abortifacients to his lover).

In reality, the trapped mindset he had then wouldn't have allowed him to see that he could have walked away. If you've spent your entire life under someone's control, it's hard to see what your life could be outside of it. When you finally do escape it, it's hard to know what to do with yourself, and you feel the effects of it long afterwards.

So while I like that the Beast is asking these questions to himself--because it shows that he's realized what was wrong with his life and that he can move on now--there is some victim-blaming going on here. A sense of "Why couldn't you do better?" Hopefully the next few pages can be more forgiving to the person Argus was, though.
eekee 27th Mar 3:32 AM, 2019 edit delete reply
eekee
Ah, logical turnaround; so often good. And he could almost be talking to me, there; 'cept it wasn't affection that bound me.