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Old August 21st, 2008, 8:49 pm
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Re: Severus Snape: Character Analysis v.8

Originally Posted by Yewberryblu View Post
Would your compassion for "family" include compassion for Snape's lack thereof? His parents were clearly deficient - from the little we know of them, we know that his father was a bully (there's an implication of domestic violence in that description of Eileen "cowering" from him, I think) and his mother is ...well, a void, in the story. His youth, apart from time with Lily, seems to be one of profound loneliness, perhaps subject to abuse at home (witnessing domestic violence is a form of abuse, and there are other, more subtle forms of abuse).

As well as pitying the ruination of Harry's family, I'm curious to know if you think Snape's personality is also the result of "family ruination" - of a different kind? And whether that might not be cause for compassion?

I'm not saying yea or nay to that - I happen to think too many people blame their past for not dealing with their present - but I do think that childhood pain moulds a character. It's not impossible to change it - just tough.
If I understand you correctly, you are addressing two separate issues. I have deep compassion for family unity - and it being destroyed by an outside party is abominable to me.

I also have compassion for individuals who are from families that should have been broken up by some authority because members within that family are mistreating other members. But this type of household has nothing to do with family unity - on the contrary, it seems to be a disfunctional family, destroyed from the inside by one or more of its own members. That too is abominable.

Nothing in my above statements however, can be construed to mean that I have any compassion whatsoever for a person who destroys a family - whether they do it from the inside (like Snape's father) or the outside (like Snape). The fact that Snape happens to also be from a family like that in my second paragraph is immaterial - just as it would be immaterial if his father was from a family of that type - or of the type in the first paragraph.

Being from a dysfunction family or one that was destroyed by a third party does not give an individual the right to go out and destroy another family or his own. It does not provide an excuse or justification either, in my opinion. Moreover, I am not in the least bit 'understanding' of a person who behaves in such a manner and I make no concessions or allowances for either Snape or his father for their actions in this regard. It is abominable behavior in my opinion and both should have recognized it, felt deep remorse for it and attempted to correct their behavior, imo.


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