Nachtwaechter wrote:Silenthill4life wrote:Maybe it was the facial expression Charlie's corpse had when Murphy viewed his son's body?
Maybe, but I don't think that's very likely considering that the monsters' mouths all look quite different.
The Screamer's facial expression is relatively neutral as she has simply been cut from ear to ear...
Half of the Doll's face is gone, which makes it appear as if it was screaming...
Same goes for the Weeping Bat...
The Prisoner Minions/Juggernauts however appear to be sporting forced smiles.
Let's just assume all the monsters do have messed-up mouths for a symbolic reason. In that case, I think they all mean something different.
- The Screamer is humanoid in appearance and resembles a woman. When idle, it will sometimes rock its arms back and forth as if cradling an imaginary child. Its screams are so deafening that they stun Murphy. This is why I believe that this particular monster might represent Carol Pendleton, since accusing her husband of being responsible for the loss of their child is such a hurtful thing to do that the scream-based attacks seem rather appropriate.
- The Doll is most likely a metaphor for revenge. Much like fighting the Shadows, it ultimately doesn't solve anything. Instead, it is necessary to focus on the actual problem (the Doll/Murphy's guilt) in order to progress. Basically, it's the morgue cutscene in monster form. In that case, the distorted mouth most likely represents Murphy trying to justify himself ("I never hurt anybody who didn't deserve it.")
- The Weeping Bat seems to represent isolation. They are associated with dark, confined spaces and often appear or disappear out of nowhere. When idle, they also tend to look over their shoulders, making sure that nobody is approaching them. This is why they most likely represent prison life or solitary confinement. Perhaps their gaping mouths are inspired by abusive guards treating the prisoners like shit.
- The Prisoner Minions/Juggernauts are pretty much just random dudes with forced smiles. Considering that early concept art depicts them as clowns, their main theme seems to be ridicule. Personally, I think that this might apply to both Murphy and Cunningham. First of all, the Prisoner Minions/Juggernauts might be a representation of how Anne sees Murphy, similarly to the Bogeyman. Some of her dialogue ("You think this is funny, don't you?") seems to indicate that she may feel ridiculed by Murphy's presence. However, the Prisoner Minions/Juggernauts might also be Murphy's creations. Maybe he feels as if the justice system has failed him, and both enemies are a representation of Napier since he gets to stay alive in prison in spite of everything he did to Charlie.
Hey man, great post as usual!
You are right. Looking at the monsters' mouths individually (and the differences across them) suggest that each monster would have an individual significance to Murphy.
Do you mind me asking why Murphy appeared to have a sexual take on the doll when he first encounters it in the SH library?
He jokes using innuendo that "someone appears to have specific taste"
Would that imply that he was sexually frustrated following his estrangement from his wife?