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The real Kefka.

Posted: 19th January 2017 18:52

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This is the line I am speaking of in this thread.

"KEFKA: Then I'll destroy those too. Why do people rebuild things they know are going to be destroyed? Why do people cling to life when they know they can't live forever? Think how meaningless each of your lives is!"

I never realized it till now, but Kefka has, for the first time in the entire story, said something rational. It may be a horrible and negative viewpoint, but at least he is conceptualizing reality and making a point.

This is the real Kefka, the one buried and walled up deep inside him like Fortunato in The Cask of Amontillado, the sane Kefka that still cries out from his center for him to stop what he's doing. The good Kefka is saying this.

The unspoken addendum to what he's saying is "Why do I keep trying to rebuild my identity when I know that it cannot be salvaged? Please, let me stop this now. Let me die, please."

He is, without really knowing it, asking to be shown the truth of existence; he is asking for death.

Of course, this sentiment is buried so deep in his psyche, because of his megalomania, that it never really reaches his cerebral cortex, and gets expressed as a desire to end all existence. If he can't live, nobody else gets to either!

But Kefka asks a legitimate question for the first time in the game, and Terra's response is the absolute truth of existence itself:

"TERRA: It's not the net result of one's life that's important! It's the day-to-day concerns, the celebration of life, and love! It's enough if people are able to experience the joy each day can bring!"

If she weren't so angry with this horrible psychotic murder clown, and her tone of voice were different, it would almost begin to sound like Terra is trying to talk Kefka out of suicide. That her words would fall on deaf ears is not the point. It is simply all she knows and can think of to say after what she has been through, and based on the context, she is really intending to berate Kefka as badly as she can. She scolds him and tells him exactly why he is insane. She finds the secret human side of Kefka deep within him, and explains what's wrong.

The outer Kefka smashes this idea to bits in his head immediately, because let's face it, the guy is broken to bits inside, there's really no chance of his humanity ever being restored.

"KEFKA: And have you found your joy, in this dying world of ours?"

He asks Terra to prove that what she is saying is true, and with a sneer. He does not expect her to be able to provide any proof of what she is saying through her own experience. He thinks he's won the argument at that point.

Then the entire party does what Terra is doing, and explains the joy they have found in even a messed up, dying world.

And we all know what happens next. You challenge a violent crazy's delusions hard enough...

Well, the violent crazy gets violent with you. Hope you packed a few Turbo Ethers, this one's gonna get rough! biggrin.gif

Excelsior!

~ Spoony

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Posted: 3rd March 2017 05:40
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Wow...

You were so close to the best quote in the game too.

"Life.. Dreams... Hope... Where'd they come from? ...And where are they headed? These things... I am going to to destroy!"

:-D

Can you break that down?
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Posted: 26th September 2017 18:40
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Quote (Bestia455 @ 3rd March 2017 00:40)
Wow...

You were so close to the best quote in the game too.

"Life.. Dreams... Hope... Where'd they come from? ...And where are they headed? These things... I am going to to destroy!"

:-D

Can you break that down?

See Children, this is exactly why you don't drink alcohol and attempt to be part of the world...
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Posted: 27th September 2017 02:17

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Ain't it the truth. Apply your statement to this thread too

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Posted: 29th September 2017 16:20

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I can't say that I see your interpretation with clarity. It is definitely an interesting viewpoint, but I am not sure I agree with it. That is to say, I think that Kefka is just a crazy loon with no "good side" to him.

Reading your post made me think of the ending of "The Killing Joke." How Batman is trying to reason with Joker.
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