…do you think this is a fucking game, Berens?
Dean Winchester used to have fun showers. Now it’s all intense and shit.
"Last I checked taking pleasure in that is not a crime"
"I tortured souls and I liked it"
Narrative Negative Space: How What’s Not There Says as Much as What Is
Today I’m going to talk negative space, and how the concept for negative space relates to Supernatural. Specifically, I’m going to look at how the narrative is setting up for canon romantic relationship between Dean and Castiel through strategic employment of negative space. I’m going to describe what I mean by negative space, first through a discussion of its use in visual art. Though I am a linguist, I have studied visual art and art history for most of my life, in high school, college and on my own, and it is one of my major passions. Then, I’m going to discuss it from a discourse and linguistic and narrative point of view, and how this visual art concept translates to a narrative.
But first, I’m going to start with this:
Look at me, bitch.
Let the evil crawl through your eyes, into mine, toward my soul.
Oh but it feels is so good. Satisfying. Addicting.
Let me be consumed by that darkness.
There is nothing wrong with taking pleasure.
I would watch a Jody spinoff…. just saying
look at me, bitch.
the use of the term ‘bitch’ in an episode where the most important players on the board were women is sort of stupidly important.
on the rocky road to individuation one ends up crossing paths with one’s anima or animus -anima for men and the animus for women- and dean has been crossing paths with aspects of his anima all season long. with robin - with suzie - even charlie.
and in this episode dean crosses paths with three women, all of whom represent aspects of his personality and experiences and trauma. dean is the bad mother selfishly bent on keeping her daughter by her side at all costs, dean is alex/annie, the child who has been shaped into a monster by the choices of her parents, and dean is even jody mills, defender of the innocent and protector of the weak.
dean’s go-to insult is always ‘bitch, and that is in part because of the fact that he has never in his life come to terms with his feminine aspects.
Whoever came up with this deserves a pay rise.