Friday, January 28, 2011
On becoming an adult
Throughout the “Spirited Away”, Chihiro’s character really reminded me of Alice in “Alice In Wonderland.” Both of their journeys represent a loss of childhood innocence in reaching adulthood, but in different contexts. To me, Alice’s journey represented the more physical aspects of maturation, such as the awkwardness and frustration teens experience during puberty, as she is always the wrong size in any situation throughout the story. Chihiro’s experiences, however, dealt with the increased responsibility one is faced when reaching adulthood. As a senior facing graduation in may, this was the part of the film to which I could relate to the most. Chihiro’s entrance into the working world, similar to many, was a major and shocking transition. She immediately learns that in her new world, idleness is not an option. This stark transition is really seen as her name is changed to Sen and she begins to work at the bathhouse. Taking her name away from her and, in a way, losing touch with her former self makes me wonder exactly what Miyazaki is trying to say about the transition from childhood to maturation. She tries so hard to keep her old name at the top of her mind and to never forget it. Could he be suggesting that even while an adult dealing with the harsh realities of the working world, we should all try to keep in touch with a piece of our childhood selves?