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Pumpkin
07-29-2014, 07:01 PM
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The Final Fantasy series has a number of characters that could be considered role models for others. They are brave, courageous, kind, selfless, and heroic. One character who doesn't get regarded in this way would be none other than Eiko, the spunky six-year-old girl from Madain Sari. I will admit that she hasn't always rubbed me the right way, she can be quite annoying at times and hardly fits the role model criteria set forth by other characters such as Zidane and Vivi. Nonetheless, Eiko, all six years of her, is a stronger person than I've ever been, and I'll explain why.

Eiko has never been a character I identify with on a deep level, but upon further consideration, we do have some things in common. Mainly, we were both alone at a young age. While Eiko is the last remaining member of her summoner tribe, I was passed around like a hot potato by family and friends of family because no one wanted me. Eiko can be seen stealing food in Conde Petie to help fight off hunger, a situation I am all too familiar with, having had times as a young child where I had to ask for change on the streets to afford some cheap meals. The girl's only friends before the arrival of our heroes are the Moogles, making her quite lonely and self dependent. This is something I can also identify with, having gone long periods of time with very little contact with others and having to take care of myself from a young age.


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Here are where the differences begin, and also what prompted the title. My experiences led me to become an emotionally weak person. I never felt I could depend on others, yet always hoped find someone I could trust. I began to latch on to anyone who would show me a glimmer of kindness. I put it on them to be that someone the parent I never had, to be the one person who would love me and take care of me. Sadly, I almost always ended up projecting those feelings on to people who were abusive in one form or another. This led to an even weaker sense of self and an even weaker emotional maturity. Even though I can acknowledge these faults in myself now, it doesn't make them any easier to fix. I suppose admitting you have a problem is the first step.

Eiko, on the other hand, has shown immense strength and emotional maturity for her age. Where I fumbled, she stood up and pressed forward. Did she make mistakes along the way? Absolutely. What six-year-old hasn't? She can be impulsive and bossy, and doesn't always appreciate the gravity of a given situation. But despite that she has shown a strength that I know few people would have had should they have been in the same situation. When Zidane and the others arrived, she decided to go with them. You could see her grappling with the situation after her father told her not to leave the village, but the fact she was able to rationally debate the matter with herself and arrive to the conclusion she did is astounding. She faced to countless foes, many difficult situations, learned about love and friendship, and did all of this before most of us knew how to grocery shop on our own. Thinking back on the game, Eiko may have been rambunctious and irritating at times, but the strength of character she showed was, to me, amazing.


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Why will Eiko always be a better person than me? Maybe she won't be. She's a fictional character and IX will probably never have a sequel, so we can't know for sure. But what I do know is that she managed to achieve a state of maturity, strength, and happiness at a very young age, whereas I still struggle with it in to adulthood. Maybe one day I'll learn how to be more like her. But for now, all I can do is try.

Ergroilnin
07-29-2014, 07:50 PM
It's not really fair to oneself to fictional character since that can be as perfect or as flawed as the writer decides.

If I were to compare myself to almost anyone, I would think about myself that I am pathetic and useless person, so smurf comparing!

In Eiko's case I can see some points of her being strong but it won't change anything about the fact that I found her annoying and didn't like using her.

Freya
07-29-2014, 11:41 PM
She was a kid, you can't be annoyed by a 6 year old because ALL 6 year olds are annoying.

This is a great piece. I appreciate you sharing it. If only we could all be defiant and strong like Eiko!

Ergroilnin
07-29-2014, 11:56 PM
She was a kid, you can't be annoyed by a 6 year old because ALL 6 year olds are annoying!

I am actually annoyed by most 6 years olds. Actually most people annoy me, sorry for not being social ._.