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Cafe5to2 Waitress
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Kupomee wrote:
Feeling of debilitation, weakness, having to be controlled by someone.
Kind of like how it must feel for the main characters in every game, you even control them like their in a wheelchair (turn left right, move forward, backwards).
Well that's what they mean to me playing these games.


I swear I've read that exact same interpretation word for word on a different site... :shock:


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OK! So I watched The Changeling tonight (and no, it has nothing to do with the recent film of the same name).

Game symbolism aside, the wheelchairs are a motif from The Changeling. This isn't the only reference to the film, either. You also find a red rubber ball in the school, which is also significant in the film. I have to recommend the film to everyone on this site. It's really creepy and the music is fantastic- remind you of anything?

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Also at the end of Changeling there's a wheelchair sitting in them middle of a burnt house, just like in SH4.

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And weren't there references to the film Jacob's Ladder in the game?

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Rune wrote:
And weren't there references to the film Jacob's Ladder in the game?


There were...but I think that SH2 references Jacob's Ladder more; and anyways, the old fashioned wheelchair pretty specifically references The Changeling.

Oh and I noticed what may be a Changeling reference in Origins. It may be nothing, but when the stairs in the Gillespie house collapse behind Travis, it reminds me of the ending of the Chaneling ( with the burning house and what-not).

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Heads up...I may spoil the games....sorry!!


I have no theories or anything, but from playing the games I have found a similar theme. The wheelchairs and the blood and the rust and all that fun stuff all (I guess) have to do with what happened in the beginning of the games. The whole situation involving Alessa and The Order. SH2 and SH4 aren't based on that event, but SH was shaped by that whole mess wasn't it? I remember reading in my SH3 stratigie guide about the history of SH. It had nothing to do with Alessa at the time, but apparently it was bulit on some ancient spiritual ground or something. With Alessa, SH was transformed by her own "personal nightmare". She had to be in a hospital basement for 7 years as a comatose burn victim. Her lonelyness soon turned to intense hatred and from how she was created by The Order, she had special abilities that allowed her to use her mind to create things. I'm guessing that's why the monsters are so fucked up. Cuz in SH3, when you go to Alessa's room, you find pictures she used to draw and they looked like the ones you encounter in the game. That and when each individual person goes there, they go through their own hell not just created by Alessa.


So...yeah...something like that. Sorry I went off topic a bit. Trying to say what I think. >.<


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After Alessa was confined in her wheechair she competed in the Iron Man Wheelchair competition in the Olympics. Since she was badly burned all over she could pose as a male since nobody could really tell. She trained hard and trained often. However she sadly lost to Joe Swanson and was runner-up. Tormented by what Dhalia often said "If you're not first you're last" she felt useless and her heart was filled with hatred and disgust with herself and everybody in the world.


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Historical Society Historian
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That's a good fanfic. You should write it.

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Gravedigger
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Speaking of wheelchairs what's the deal with the crazy charge-attacking wheelchairs in SH4? Is there a connection or were they just out of enemy ideas?

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I really didn't. Ryan's picture has just been waiting for someone to discuss the symbolic value of wheelchairs in Silent Hill.

But I apologize. Sometimes my gruff, confrontational nature gets the better of me.
DAMN MY BOTHERSOME HEAD! *shakes fist at self*


I'm sure Drew knows perfectly well that you didn't intend insult and he's just cranky because someone took his last tampon.

The wheelchair has become something of a Silent Hill icon, but we should all remember that in the first game, hospital gurneys (often times with body-sized things under the bloody sheets) served the same purpose and were actually much more plentiful in appearance. In the first game, the wheelchair was just an extension of the whole hospital-themed nightmare (which included drip stands, nurses, doctors and beds). It is only in the later games that the wheelchair stands out as iconography, culminating in Silent Hill 4, where wheelchairs are used frequently despite the lack of a strong connecting metaphor, which kind of renders them silly.

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Just Passing Through
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i dunno about you guys, but when i first saw a wheelchair in the school, i was pretty scared :shock:


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It probably has something to do with Alessa.

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possibly a symbol of her aid for her affliction..

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And the fact that she was in the hospital for quite a while.

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^ Yes, it definitey has something to do with Alessa, that's established for sure. I think there's no more to it; it's a symbol like almost everything else.

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And there is the fact that she is in a wheelchair when you finally see her in the end of the game. She has probably been kept in a wheelchair most of her life, therefore they are deep in her consciousness just like her fear of dogs or her love of fariytales.

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Just Passing Through
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that and thatits kinda creepy, i thought that lots of monsters would pop out and attack, when you look at it.

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Cafe5to2 Waitress
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I just had a horribly funny thought: all the wheelchairs are secretly a reference to Paul Rudd's favorite scene in Mac and Me. :lol:

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I think they sumbolize 'restriction' of mind & body.
As in Alessa's case, after her burn, her mind only focused on hatred & revenge, so she subconsciously created the otherworld elements.

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