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The relationship could work, possibly within the same old logic, Each of them falsely believe that it is just more strength that they need in order to achieve their goal. Guts: become stronger and worthier of Griffith's love. In a way Griffith respected his relationship with Guts, more so than any other Band of the Hawk member. This was caused by Guts's extraordinary prowess in. Griffith is the current leader of the reborn Band of the Falcon and Supreme Commander of the Highlights. Recaptures Doldrey and brings an end to the Hundred-Year War The once strong sense of camaraderie between Griffith and Guts.
He frames his choice to stay with Casca as making up for it. Guts draws a comparison between abandoning Griffith and abandoning Casca, and being abandoned by NeoGriffith and refusing to abandon Casca. Guts remembers NeoGriffith saying he knows what kind of man he is right before recalling him saving Casca. She exists to be put into peril so Guts can decide to save her and then waver between her and Griffith.
Enter Beast of Darkness. This scene is pretty much Guts arguing with his id.
More direct comparisons between Casca and Griffith and how Guts feels about them. But these are his own doubts. The Hound is suggesting he values Casca only as fuel for his rage. Again, this is essentially Guts internally debating what his true motivations are. Hell of a word choice. And then the Hound tells Guts to rape Casca so he can get closer to Griffith and I throw up my hands. The earlier parallels I described, Guts comparing leaving Griffith and leaving Casca, etc, draw an emotional connection between Guts and Griffith through Casca as, essentially, a bridge.
Guts is assuaging his desire to go back and fix his mistakes by replacing Griffith with Casca and refusing to leave her. This chapter draws a very direct sexual connection between Guts and Griffith through Casca as a bridge.
By raping the woman Femto raped, Guts can get closer to him. And it is, of course, not the first time the manga has done this. I feel like the stare the fucking stare omg speaks for itself. Ultimately my main takeaway here is that Berserk would be about x less fucked up and offensive if Guts and Griffith just cut out the middlewoman and fucked each other. So what about pre-Eclipse?
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Does the same principle hold true then, back when Casca was an actual character and not just a plot device and projection screen for Guts? And I would argue that it does.
Their first emotionally intimate scene together, when they finally stop hating each other and start to bond as friends, is when Casca tells Guts her backstory, which happens to be almost entirely about Griffith.
Finally, right before Guts leaves, Judeau introduces him to the concept of hooking up with Casca. During the course of this conversation Guts does a kind of There are three possible explanations for this behaviour: Guts just wants to be a good bro and help his friends be happy together. Guts is sublimating his unconscious desire for Casca into trying to hook her up with Griffith.
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Guts is sublimating his unconscious desire for Griffith into trying to hook him up with Casca. And, just to throw something out there, once we establish that Berserk has subtextual, repressed sexual desire in this love triangle it only adds more validation to the other combinations. Even if we are genuinely meant to read Guts as unknowingly attracted to Casca, it puts unknowing attraction on the table. Who else might he be unknowingly attracted to?
Casca also apparently took some time to recognize her feelings for Griffith as potentially romantic.
But lol I digress. After Promrose, that fades away because Guts no longer views Griffith as reachable, rather, he puts him on a pedestal. This is when Guts starts pushing them together. Feels like repression at work to me. Eventually, Casca, too, finds herself at the mercy of the mercenary; with his then closest confidant in danger, Griffith finally dons his armor and arrives to the scene, intercepting Guts' attack with a spear. He attempts to reason with Guts, but to no avail, left only with the option of dismantling and incapacitating the swordsman.
With his interest piqued, Griffith has Guts taken to the Falcons' nearby encampment and orders Casca to lie with the injured mercenary to provide him with warmth.
When Guts finally awakens, Griffith attempts to enlist him, an offer which Guts firmly refuses. Lustful for vengeance, Guts gives Griffith a choice: Not one to avoid the forceful acquisition of things he desires, Griffith agrees to Guts' terms and engages him in combat.
Ultimately outmaneuvering his opponent, Griffith dislocates Guts' arm and claims the swordsman for himself as a newly enlisted member of his mercenary band.Guts & Griffith - The Driving Force Behind Berserk
Three years later, when the Band of the Falcon successfully defends the Midland army against the Black Ram Iron Lance heavy cavalry's attack, they are enlisted by the kingdom full-time in its century-spanning war against Tudor.
As a reward for his valiant defensive efforts, Griffith is knighted by the King of Midland and granted the title of viscount, at long last obtaining a peerage among the Midland nobility and taking one step closer to realizing his dream. In the midst of seizing a Tudor stronghold, Griffith is informed of a powerful enemy leader holding back the final push into the inner citadel.
He and his forces venture towards the fortress to inspect the situation, narrowly arriving in time to free Guts from the clutches of the apostle Zodd. Ordering his men to fall back as Zodd slaughters the Falcons for their interference, Griffith slyly makes his way to Guts to carry him to safety. An enraged Zodd retaliates by tail whipping Griffith into a nearby pillar, knocking the White Falcon unconscious.
As the demon goes in for the kill, he spots Griffith's dangling beherit, shocked to see that someone such as Griffith possesses the fabled "Egg of the King". Consequently, Zodd stays his hand and departs, leaving Guts with a cryptic prophecy warning of an inescapable doom which will befall him should Griffith's dream ever collapse. Taken back to Wyndham to have his wounds tended to, having made allies and enemies alike within the Midland aristocracy, Griffith recuperates and visits Guts on a castle terrace where the latter is training.
He begins to muse over their encounter with Zodd, using it as evidence of things beyond human understanding. Following Griffith's reflection, Guts asks why he would risk his life on a mere soldier's behalf; amused by the question, Griffith responds with one of his own, asking if he's truly obliged to provide a reason every time he risks his life for Guts.
Griffith is soon after introduced to the king's timid daughter, Princess Charlottecatching her as she trips walking down the terrace steps. Upon breaking her fall, Griffith is slapped by Julius for making contact with the princess, to which Griffith apologizes for his actions with utmost insincerity. During the Autumn Hunt, in which the Falcons act as the king's guard, Griffith discusses with Charlotte the depravity of men and teaches her how to use a leaf as a reed.
A wild boar then springs out from the nearby foliage, startling Charlotte's horse as she and Griffith are separated from the hunting party. Upon saving Charlotte and calming her horse, Griffith is shot with a crossbow from the distant undergrowth. His beherit, however, shields him from what he realizes to be a poisoned arrow. Noticing the lethality and costliness of the employed poison, Griffith concludes it to be the doing of Julius, keenly watching as the knight departs in the distance.
After some intel gathering to confirm Julius as the culprit, Griffith commissions Guts to discretely assassinate his aggressor, before leaving for Promrose Hall to attend Charlotte's dinner party.
Outside of the party, he discusses his ideals and interpretation of a true friend with the princess, before their conversation is cut short by the alert of Julius and Adonis ' assassination, assumed to be committed by Tudor spies, much to Griffith's delight.
Before his deployment to battle, Charlotte gifts him with a male lodestone in hopes of her female counterpart returning him safely from the impending engagement. In the closing moments of the skirmish, Griffith is notified of Guts and Casca's fall from a cliff edge. Noblemen on the field caution him not to send soldiers provided by the king in search of merely two Falcons. One after another, the officials shoot down ideas, until Griffith's opinion is asked for; he succinctly states he would reclaim the stronghold if ordered to by the king, much to the surprise of the other officials.
In the midst of their bickering, the king asks Griffith if his claim was sincere, reminding him even Midland's strongest force, the White Tiger Knightscouldn't achieve such a feat. Griffith reassures the king that a large force is unnecessary, as he only requires the Band of the Falcon.
Convinced by Griffith's confidence, the king orders the Falcons to recapture Doldrey. Griffith assembles his Falcons in the dust field of Doldrey, splitting his forces into two: Just as Guts' chances of survival dwindle, a replacement sword suddenly lands before him.
A slightly panicked Griffith instructs Guts to take up the sword, subsequently witnessing the beheading of Boscogn. Shortly after, the Purple Rhino Knights look to their rear to see a recaptured Doldrey, now under the Falcons' hold.