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You know. ParaNorman is a fantastic movie, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, and it’s a modern marvel as far as animation goes. But it really pisses me off when people take one part of the lesson this movie taught and completely fail to acknowledge the first half of that lesson.
So let’s all take a minute to remember that Aggie was actively and purposefully silenced and exploited by the town and by Norman’s family for centuries before this encounter ever happened. Every time she tried to wake up and defend herself for being legitimately wronged, they put her back into the ground and used her story to sell touristy junk and rake in profits and fun times for the town.
So rather than taking the easy way out and just putting her back to sleep and making her shut up, Norman went against what his forebears did and took the time to go talk and listen to what Aggie had to say. And it’s been a while since I’ve watched this movie so forgive me if I’m wrong, but I can’t remember a single time Norman said she had no reason to be angry or hurt.
So there’s that.
No, the movie makes it quite clear that she has every right to be angry and hurt and in no way excuses the actions of the villagers. It paints them sympathetically in that we understand that they did what they did out of fear and ignorance, but it never excused those actions. Even when it’s revealed that they as zombies aren’t evil or out to hurt anyone, it’s not excusing them, it’s showing us our own bias in expecting them to be just because they’re zombies. It’s demonstrating how like them we all can be, just like it demonstrates how easy it can be to justify our vengeful actions when we’ve been truly wronged. That’s why the top message actually means anything because that’s when forgiveness really matters.
It’s an important and decisive moment for Norman because Aggie is who he could become if he let himself get sucked into his own misery and anger and isolation. Look at how they’re designed. Aggie is Norman’s proverbial doppelganger, a glimpse of his future if he continues on the path he’s on at the start of the film. True forgiveness is hard and it’s often not done for the sake of the person or people receiving it (who may or may not deserve it), it’s necessary for the person doing the forgiving. Carrying that resentment and anger changes you, it eats away at you and traps you in the unpleasant instance years after it’s done. While you may have every reason to be hurt and angry, it doesn’t justify the behavior that can result from nurturing those feelings and defining yourself by the moment that triggered them. Forgiveness doesn’t erase what happened, or excuse it, it simply means the person who was wronged is allowing themselves to move beyond it.
Norman’s not a saint who’s lecturing someone else about their choices, he’s also talking to himself because this is something he’s learned through this experience. He could easily have become just like Aggie if he’d let himself, only he was fortunate enough to be able to see what could happen to him. It’s the same with the townsfolk. This moment here means what it does precisely because Aggie was so horribly, terribly wronged. Forgiveness is hard, it’s a long, personal process, and it’s often a choice. Bravo to this movie for illustrating it in such a complex and challenging way.
There’s two types of anger one is dry and the other wet and basically wet anger is when your eyes water and your voice shakes and I hate that cause I feel weak when I’m crying while angry I like dry anger when your face is like stone and your voice is sharp I guess wet anger shows that you care too much and dry anger means you’re done.
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