Silent hill 4's otherworld is a mess of different things from Walter Sullivan's mind, but the fact that you go to this otherworld through a hole or portal makes me think of the otherworld as something different.
To me the otherworld in silent hill 4 is much like nowhere.
It has a lot of characteristics from it, especially later in the game whereas they all connect together through the winding staircase and this way it makes me think of it being similar to nowhere.
Walter's otherworld is not the otherworld of the other games. In the memos you get it talks about how he created his own world. This was done via ritual. He did it I think to kill people easilier so he wouldn't get caught. Its also a part of the main ritual to descend God.
Xuchilbara wrote:Walter's otherworld is not the otherworld of the other games. In the memos you get it talks about how he created his own world. This was done via ritual. He did it I think to kill people easilier so he wouldn't get caught. Its also a part of the main ritual to descend God.
Its a world that was created by Walter
Thanks. I just thought of the world as being similar to nowhere because it is much like nowhere in the sense that it is a void filled with memories of the past
I think it does allude to reproduction and birth. I mean, it obviously does in a way, but I think it's Walter's concept of the ritual that caused it...to be exact - believing he's bringing his mother back to life, the Otherworld makes it seem that's what's happening by more or less appearing as a mother. Crawling through a hole, an umbellical cord, falling into a womb and finally a pool of blood [the actual birth of 'his new mother'], I think all of them are tightly connected and sort of form the fundamentals of Walter's delusion about the ritual, a sort of automatic Otherworld trick to reinforce his belief.
One thing that trips me out...there's only one entrance, (well, two eventually), but like 50 ways to get back out. Which just results in Henry waking up with a "what the hell" because he was apparently sleeping.
>Some of it is not Walter's memories. I.e. His mother and father "memories" of leaving him.< I think they are. While they may not be actual memories—because, clearly, a newborn has no genuine memories—they are representations of what Walter believes happened. This concept is represented earlier in the Panopticon: Obviously the Order wasn't forcing the children to eat other children, nor was it an entirely mechanized prison, nor were the kids given jars of black goo. These are just fantastic misrepresentations of how Walter perceived the place.
So, it's his perception of reality. Mr. Sullivan probably didn't call his newborn a stupid, little crybaby, but he did abandon Walter, so Walter has no reason to think his father thought otherwise.