Watch For: flowers, roses in
particular, mysterious hands, ribbons, pearls, chains, cages,
feathers, wings, butterflies, skulls, crowns, crosses,
chessboards, curtains, stars, rabbits, mirrors, earrings, colors.
Speaking of crowns, there is a
masculine-looking hand reaching for the black
King on this chessboard:
The crown of the King chess
piece looks very similar to the two
chessboard theme of alternating color polarity
is very prevalent in Pandora Hearts. The floor in
in Sablier and
Alyss' room in the Abyss is also in a
chessboard pattern, emphasizing her duality. Given the
context of a chess game, it could also be interpreted as
standing for two sides in a strategic conflict. If Glen (now
Leo) is the black King,
then the black chess pieces might represent the Baskervilles
and, sure enough, both Gilbert and Vincent are leaning against
black chess pieces. Break, on the other hand, is the white
Knight, representing both being on the other side of the
conflict and alluding to his original illegally-contracted chain
(also White Knight). He holds a black chess piece in his hand,
possibly representing Gilbert as his pawn.
Or are the chess pieces being played by someone else? The
chessboard is coming apart to reveal what looks
like Barma historic records underneath. Could the Barmas be
using everyone in their political games? Or are these the torn
pieces of Alice's memories? Both the hand reaching for the King
of the Baskervilles and Break holding a Baskerville piece in his
hand helps to illustrate the theme of hands as
symbolic of connection, influence, and manipulation. Some of
these hands even hold strings, hinting at a puppeteering role. More on that later.
full picture has Oz in the foreground, somberly holding some
dark flowers that I can't identify. But here a further division
between sides becomes apparent: the tears in the chessboard are
forming islands that separate characters from each other. Break
and Oz are on the same island of chessboard, Gil and Vince are
on another, and the Baskerville King is on yet another. There
could be at least three sides: Pandora, Vince/Gil,
Baskervilles... and Barmas? Of course, we already know that
Vincent has always stood a step apart from both Glen and Pandora
(even 100 years ago when he tried to sabotage Glen's plans for
Gil's sake), and that Gil has always stood by him when push
comes to shove. Perhaps they are a kind of wild card and have
more latitude in their loyalty between Glen and Pandora.
Oz has a pair of hands hovering behind him
There are blue roses in the foreground and
yellow roses in the background. There are also
curtains and pearls. More on all of these later.
Anyway, they seem to be masculine hands, and
the left hand has a ring on its index finger. Could these be
Jack's hands, symbolic of him having an influence over Oz?
Yellow roses are heavily associated with the
Vessalius dukedom, and Jack in particular. Yet we haven't seen
Jack wear a ring, have we?
Note that Oz's eyes are blue... o.o ...blond hair/blue eyes are
Nightray colors. Zai had worked with Duke Nightray, and had
taken baby Oz someplace right after he was born. Okay, I'm not
going there. And no, I haven't seen Zai wear a ring.
wear a ring on his left hand, but it's not on his index
finger. Hrm... Well, with how screwed up everyone else in the
series is, Oscar's apparent inconspicuousness IS kinda
"Blue Oz" appears again, this time with what is clearly
Jack's left hand reaching for him. It has
no ring. The ambiance here is entirely Jack's: turquoise (as
opposed to plain blue) and aquatic. Oz is passively flirting
with the idea of getting pulled into Jack's crystal clear
waters, or perhaps into the flow of the Abyss' currents. Lilies
of purity float in the depths. Are they symbolic of Jack's
"twisted" purity, or of Lacie herself?
Oz is studying the Lacie melody. The Lacie melody and ringed
hand appears again here (hover your mouse over
either Oz or Jack for more detail):
This one also has a "dark" Jack with
black roses, and Oz with white roses.
Despite the black and white chessboard theme of
apparent conflict, I think that ultimately the black and white
polarities in Pandora Hearts are destined for integration. This
picture in particular looks like an elaborate Yin (dark/Jack)
Yang (light/Oz) symbol with both polarities having a bit of the
other and connected by a common flow. Just like Black Rabbit and
White Rabbit may be Twins, in apparent opposition, but are also
One, and ultimately want the same thing.
Jack here is caressing a feminine hand. Is it
Lacie's? Alice's? Alyss'? I think it's Lacie's since the gold
watch and the Lacie melody are so dominant in the background -
which could be an indication of how much influence she has over
Gilbert has a mysterious hand reaching for him
It's a female hand, so could be symbolic of
some influence on Gil by one of the Alices? It's a black-gloved
hand, so perhaps dark Alice? Vincent did say that
"everyone became weird because of Alice," and he
Gil by name.
There is an instance in chapter 8 where, while trying to entice
Oz as if he were Jack, the White Rabbit doll manifested a
human hand which freaked out Oz. This shows that at least
the Will - one of the Alices - is able to reach out to reach out
to people in this manner.
Pandora Hearts and all the characters, story, and art therein is
copyright Jun Mochizuki. No copyright infringement is intended,
and I hope that this essay inspires more people to read/watch
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