Angela is caught in a loop [Theory] (SPOILERS)

James got a letter. From a dead person. Oh dear.

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Angela is caught in a loop [Theory] (SPOILERS)

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I've been thinking about this one for a while, but I finally got the nerve to post it. I often have trouble expressing myself through writing, and It's my first time presenting a theory, so although I welcome any and all criticism, please keep those things in mind when responding.
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The idea is this: Angela is actually trapped in a loop. She has repeated the events we catch a glimpse of during the game many times. When we meet up with her at the beginning of the game, she is determined to find a way out and finally break the cycle.

Here's what we know about Angela:

- It is heavily implied that she was molested by her father.
- She stabbed her father to death in the living room of their home, according to the newspaper in the Labyrinth.
- She is looking for her mother.

Let's analyze each scene individually and delve into the details:

Scene 1: Graveyard
Our first encounter with Angela. She is in a graveyard crouching in front of a gravestone. When James meets her, she reveals that she's looking for her mother, and warns him that something's wrong with the town.

There's not much we can infer from this scene, other than that Angela already knows about Silent Hill, which suggests that she has been through it before, in her own way. (Tom "The Adversary" has a great theory about Angela's "otherworld" being rooms in her house. This theory was written in line with it.)

Scene 2: Mirror Room
In our second encounter, we find Angela lying in front of a mirror, staring at her own reflection as she holds a knife. A somewhat awkward conversation ensues, in which Angela and James admit that their respective searches have turned up nothing. At the end, Angela asks James to hold onto the knife she's holding, but screams and brandishes it when he approaches it. She runs out of the room and disappears for a very long time.

This is where things start to get interesting. The conversation begins with James, who assumes Angela has the knife because she's suicidal. She doesn't really deny it outright, though she does act dismissive at the thought. Later, she asks James to hold the knife for her, because "if (she) kept it, (she's) not sure what (she) might do". On the surface, it sounds like Angela may indeed be suicidal, but critical examination suggests something different - she is afraid that she will repeat the events that led her here to begin with.

It's safe to assume that the knife that Angela gives James is the same one that was mentioned in the newspaper clipping in the Labyrinth - the one that she used to repeatedly stab her father to death. If James has the knife instead of Angela, she will have nothing to murder her father with, and figures she will thereby prevent the cycle from recurring. She will create a new path and be free.

When James is about to take the knife from Angela, she screams and points it at him. The very act of James approaching terrifies Angela beyond belief, which helps to illustrate just how profound an effect her trauma has had on her. This ties in very well with the next scene.

Scene 3: Labyrinth
In the third and most visceral encounter, we hear Angela crying out in fear from down the hall. She is implied to be in a room with her father, who is about to abuse her once more. James bursts into the room, where he finds a grotesque monster about to force itself on Angela. He manages to subdue the monster, after which Angela angrily kicks it and breaks a TV over its body. She then accuses James of having ill intentions himself, and accuses him of cheating on his wife before exiting.

This scene, although mostly designed around driving the point home that Angela was molested, contains an extremely important detail that is easy to miss. If you pay close attention to the Abstract Daddy monster at the end of the boss fight, you'll find that it's not actually dead and is still (barely) alive. James doesn't actually kill it - he only wounds it. When he goes to help Angela up, she flies into a blind rage. Overcome with emotion, she completely disregards her ambition up to this point, and furiously kicks the crap out of the beast she perceives to be her father. When the TV comes crashing down on its body, it is only then that the monster finally stops moving.

Angela then reflects on what's she done. Giving the knife to James didn't help at all - she simply found different means to the same end. She has failed, and realizes she must endure the events that led her here all over again. With no other outlet for her grief and frustration, she lashes out at James and her emotions become unstable. She storms off and we don't see her again until the ultimate scene...

Scene 4: Burning Staircase
We meet Angela for the last time in an impossibly-placed burning staircase, in which she confuses James for her mother. Initially relieved, she is taken aback to find that it's just him instead. She half-heartedly thanks James for saving her, and then proceeds to blame herself for everything that has unfolded. She asks James for the knife back, which James refuses. She walks up the burning staircase and vanishes.

When Angela mistakes James for her mother, her phrasing is a little confusing at first: "I've been looking all over for you. You're the only one left. Maybe then, maybe then I can rest." At face value, it sounds like Angela is scheming to murder her mother, since she's "the only one left". I don't like this idea, because:

- Angela is extremely overjoyed and comforted to see James when she thinks he's her mother. We already know how strongly Angela exhibits her emotions from previous encounters (eg. her anger when she's stomping her father to death). There is no reason to doubt the veracity of her reaction, so it would be equally implausible to assume this is someone she plans to kill.
- Looking back to the second encounter, Angela gives James the knife she presumably used to murder her father, because she feared "what [she] might do". If murdering her mother was really her plan, then why would she give away her only weapon?

Instead, I believe Angela is looking for sanctuary, and/or another way out of her situation. The only constant between these loops is that she still hasn't found her mother, which we can infer based on the fact that Angela feels the need to mention it to James, and her reaction when she finds James. Even though she failed her original task, she may still find salvation in her mother, hence "maybe then I can rest". However, it all goes to pot when she snaps out of it - she's back at square one, having repeated the same events yet again. All she can do now is blame herself for letting it happen ("Mama was right, I deserved what happened"). Defeated, she disappears up the burning staircase, uttering the famous last words that seal the deal: "For me, it's always like this."

To sum up...
Angela is caught in a loop and seeks to break free. She figures if she doesn't murder her father this time around, she may be able to walk free. However, the impact of her trauma is too much for her to bear and she ends up killing her father anyway. She seeks one more chance at redemption through her mother, who is nowhere to be found. Defeated, she walks up the burning staircase, doomed to repeat the process all over again.
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What do you think? As I said, I'm open to any and all criticism. I will probably need to fine tune a little bit here or there, but I just needed to get it on the page.
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Herr Shaun wrote: 10 May 2022 I've been thinking about this one for a while, but I finally got the nerve to post it. I often have trouble expressing myself through writing, and It's my first time presenting a theory, so although I welcome any and all criticism, please keep those things in mind when responding.
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Vixx wrote: 10 May 2022 You're with friends, so never hesitate from posting theories here! ❤️
Thank you Vixx! I really appreciate you keeping the site going so I had an outlet to do so. :)
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