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Offline Spearman

Griffith the Sociopath ?
« on: August 05, 2014, 11:15:49 AM »
Is Grifffith really a manipulative sociopath, who betrayed his friends ?
Did he hide his true goals from them ?
Did he force anybody (except Guts) to join the band and to stay there ?
Did the Hawks really die for HIS dream - or rather for their OWN ?

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Re: Griffith the Sociopath ?
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014, 12:37:56 PM »
Is Grifffith really a manipulative sociopath, who betrayed his friends ?

It's shown quite explicitly (Volume 7) that Griffith does have feelings and does empathize with those who have suffered under his cause. In fact, their suffering was what bound him to his path. He couldn't let down those who had died for him, or at least, that's how he rationalized his adherence to the pursuit of his dream. He seems distant and emotionless because that's the guise he has to adopt. He can't let anyone get close to him because he can't afford hinderances.

But yeah, what he did to his friends was a pretty dramatic betrayal of trust. I think that's rather self-evident.

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Did he hide his true goals from them ?

His most trusted lieutenants appeared to know he wanted his own kingdom (Guts, Casca and Judo). However, he did hide some of the shadowy ways he achieved his goals from the others.

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Did he force anybody (except Guts) to join the band and to stay there ?

No...? And Guts' attitude obviously changed in short order once he got to know the group.

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Did the Hawks really die for HIS dream - or rather for their OWN ?

They were sacrificed by Griffith. They didn't die fighting for their own dreams.
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Re: Griffith the Sociopath ?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2014, 09:33:59 PM »
Is Grifffith really a manipulative sociopath, who betrayed his friends ?

Well, Griffith before and after the Eclipse could be seen as two different but related characters. On the hill of swords Griffith said he was unmoved emotionally upon speaking to Guts face to face again. Though just a moment later he protects Casca, apparently without even thinking about it. So while the reborn Griffith/Femto may not have any emotions, some part of Guts and Casca's child still remains within the body he now inhabits, and the child does seem to want to protect its parents.
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