Reichu wrote:Still, I do not see the need to reduce the Eva to some sort of "thing", like an abstract concept, with your use of the language. The Evas are beings in their own right (only ones who require the soul of another to truly be alive), yet you -- not entirely unlike most of the characters in the show (as you mention) -- seem to (or at least feel the need to) regard them as little more than a metallic facade. If the necessity arises to make some sort of distinction, then it is simple enough. However, it's quite unnecessary IMO to consider the Evas mindless tools by default, considering we -- unlike the Evas' arrogant human masters -- know better, thanks to the revelations the series provides.
Though we as the audience know exactly what the Evas are, the majority of the characters in the show would think of them as "its" over much of the course of the show. So we can see that the concept of the "it" that is the form of the Eva is a real one, seperable from the concept of Yui or the soul inside. Calling this concept the "it" is a good way to briefly and adequetly acknowladge this difference.
Reichu wrote:I'm guessing you would, however, give both Batman and Bruce Wayne the privilege of being referred to as human beings.
Indeed. However let me stretch this argument and include Bruce Banner and The Hulk. Both linked as with Batman and Wayne, both are male. But what is their gender? Banner is exclusively a "he", and indeed, the Hulk is often referred to as a "he". However, it is often the case that a gender neutral pronoun is given to The Hulk. He becomes an "it", "What is it?" "It's a monster", "It's destroying everything".
The Bruce Banner/Hulk intimate dichotomy is really what I'm getting at here. We have a Yui/Unit-01 intimate dichotomy in Evangelion. A contrast between the serene mother and the raging beast, both of which are present in the same earthly form. We can distinguish between these two concepts in English by using different pronouns to describe them. Hence "she" is the Eva, but also she is in the "it" that is Eva also.
Originally posted on: 04-Jun-2005, 02:15 GMT