Thursday, December 26, 2013

No, Link isn't Dead in Majora's Mask

Alright, let's start with a little background for those of you who don't have a clue about this.  A theory is circulating about link being dead or something in Majora's Mask, and that the whole game is some sort of afterlife.  This claim is based on a few pieces of evidence, along with the major themes of the game (loss, death).

It's not a good theory.  It's not an interesting theory.  Overall, the whole mess is just kind of unfortunate, and undermines the more serious aspects of the game's theme.

If there's a TVTropes page based on your theory, you know there's a problem.  That's right, Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory!  Oh, that's the page.  You can lose entire days in the black abyss of that website.  You've been warned.

The issue with the whole, "everyone is actually dead, this is the afterlife" theory is that it can be shoehorned into most fantasy settings.  Just think to any fictional story, and try to argue that it takes place in the afterlife.  You'll be able to every single time, since it's such a vague proposition.

Think about it, philosophy has had a tough time explaining whether all the things we experience in the "real world" is objectively real.  It's no stretch of the imagination to make the same arguments stick in fiction.  So, you end up with Ed, Edd, and Eddy in purgatory.

Perhaps the worst blow to the idea in Majora's Mask is that it removes the stakes.  If everyone's already dead, there's not much reason to frantically try to correct the future.  It makes no difference at all.  Those stakes, mind you, are something that makes Majora's Mask great.  Your actions have consequences, they have weight.

Majora's Mask has such heavy themes in the first place, I don't know why we need to make stuff up for it to appear darker than it already is.

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