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Encyclopedia: Q&A / Guts' Goal / Motivations
« on: March 12, 2007, 07:45:59 AM »
Hi, I've been lurking around these forums for a long time, but this is my first post.

I've read Berserk twice now from start to it's current episode, and I have a few questions regarding Guts' overal goal in the series. If anyone could point me to relevant episodes in the manga to answer my questions, that would be great.

Essentially my broad question is this: What is Guts' goal in Berserk? He hates Griffith, and wants him dead. But is revenge his ultimate goal, or does he also want to destroy the Godhand too? I ask because I can't think of a specific episode where Guts actually signals his intentions to destroy the Godhand. I assume that it is Skull Knight's ambition to destroy the God Hand, but I cannot make the same assumption for Guts.

Further to this, does his ambition lie strictly with death and destruction, or does Guts want something more. In "Sparks" Guts talks about how he feels at home on the battlefield, and that swinging his sword makes him feel at ease. However, he is presently on his quest to try to cure Casca, he has effectively created his own Band of Followers and is clearly a good leader. I can't help but speculate that in time Guts' ambition will change to wanting something more than cutting a swathe of destruction on the battlefield. Is there anything in the manga to support this theory, or is it just pure speculation?

Finally, somewhat off topic, but at the same time, somewhat relevant. I have an issue with Guts' role in Causality. Causality is a major them in Berserk, and it appears that Guts is following SK's role in Causality. SK we assume to be Gaeseric, an emperor of a mighty kingdom. However, if anything, one could argue that Griffith could also be fulfilling this role. He seems on his way to becoming King of Midland. I assume that Causality is not exact, IE, circumstances may change, but the idea of Causality in Berserk is the spiral effect of someone going against the wishes of the Godhand and surviving whilst being offered as a sacrifice / being branded. But at the same time, as far as I can remember this is not specified anywhere, hence my confusion to the exact nature of Causality. I have searched through the board and found some useful threads, but if someone could offer me an explanation, that would be great.

I am aware that most of the questions I have asked in this post do not as yet have answers, but if anyone knows of the top of the head areas in the manga that cover these issues in more detail, I would be very appreciative.

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