Dr. Postert & Old Nick - O
8 years ago
"Adapted from James O’Barr’s 1989 graphic novel, The Crow is a marvelously dark and exciting film.. It willfully celebrates the Gothic nihilism of the modern graphic novel and is indeed the most darkly exhilarating of all filmed comic-book adaptations to emerge in the wake of Batman (1989)."
"Native American tradition: Crow is an omen of Change. Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time, therefore, it sees past, present and future simultaneously. Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer. It is the totem of the Great Spirit and must be respected as such.
The crow as an archetype: Archetypical crows are also compared to the Jester/Trickster - "Mythic poets," Hughes wrote in Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, "...seem to be a distinct biological type". In their work, beneath the "surface glitter of the plot", there lies a deep "mythic plane" where, as for the Occult Neoplatonists of Shakespeare's time, "all archaic mythological figures and events are available as a thesaurus of glyphs or token symbols".
Hughes was interested in Occult Neo-Platonism, in Cabbalah, and in Alchemy and he was knowledgeable about all these arts.
Hughes, therefore, makes it clear that Crow has many characteristics in common with the Human. Also, given the cheeky, interfering, amoral, destructive and sometimes constructive personality which emerges through the medium of Crow's "life and songs", plus Hughes' own predilection for mythological archetypes, the comparison of Crow with the Trickster figure common in many mythologies is natural.
By adopting and developing this trickster figure Hughes was, therefore, extending his exploration into his own mind and (if Jung is correct in his interpretation of Trickster), into the human mind in general. In so doing, Hughes extended the death/rebirth theme of his poetry to include the idea of spiritual growth and rebirth for the Human, which is a most important part of the Trickster Cycle. This pattern has been traced in detail in the Crow poems by Sagar and Hirschberg."