I have a lot of feelings about this passage, and so I’m going to break it down once again bullet point by bullet point.So hold on to your put butt folks!
- So it’s pretty obvious to anyone who has a working brain cell that there is a diffident parallel between Luke and Jocelyn’s and Clary and Simon ‘friendships’. I pretty much figured out the parallel back in chapter 2. However, since it’s been already established that Clary has no working brain cells whatsoever, the parallel went way over her empty head.
- You also got to love that Hodge is admonishing and warning Clary about the consequences of not taking Simon’s feeling seriously. I don’t know about you, but to me, it seems to lay the riff between Clary and Simon and Jocelyn and Luke on the women in the relationship. Do I even need to tell you guys how sexist this way of thinking is?
- Let’s make one thing clear: Clary is not obligated in any way to be in a relationship with Simon. Yeah, Clary could have gotten a clue earlier on in the books, but it’s not Clary’s fault that Simon didn’t put his big boy panties on and outright tell Clary that he was in love with her.
- Both Clary and Jocelyn’s relationships with Simon and Luke is basically ripped straight out of the nice guy™ handbook. Because being nice to a woman, and being a woman’s friend is not good enough. No, a man being friends with a woman means that she’s obligated to be in a relationship with him.
- And one more thing: For once, I would have been overjoyed to finally see a healthy male-female friendship without any this forced romance bullshit. Cassandra Clare is perpetuating this myth that there are no such things as platonic male-female relationships in real life— which is complete and utter bullshit.
- Also, after reading this passage, if anyone tells me with a straight face that this book is a feminist book, I will throw this book at them. Seriously, this entire book is chalked full of blatant sexism and the author is all too happy to glorify rape culture.
- However, now that we went over the sexism in this passage, I want to talk more in-depth about Jocelyn and Luke’s relationship. So, when Jocelyn and Luke were children they were so close that people often mistook them for siblings. As they grew up Luke started to have feelings for Jocelyn, but Jocelyn fell in love with Valentine and later married him. Do anyone else see the incest-y subtext here? First, Isabelle and Jace, then Jace and Alec, and now this shit! Why does Cassandra Clare continue to drop incest-y subtext in every relationship
- So after Joceyeln got married to Valentine, instead of getting over his feelings for Jocylen and moving on, he instead faked his own death like the selfish coward he is. Seriously, Luke didn’t care that it might hurt not only Joceylen but his family and his other friends when he faked his death. No, he didn’t care, he just did it anyway.
- And another thing: if Luke hates Joceyeln so much, then why did he help her after she ran away from Valentine? For that matter, why did he even stay in New York?
- Also, am I the only person that feels that much like Clary likes to manipulate Simon, Jocelyn is all too happy to manipulate Luke into doing whatever she wants.
- Also, Jocelyn had to know that Luke was in love with her, but she went back to him. Jocelyn didn’t even try to let Luke move on. Much like Clary, she can’t let Luke out of her influence, least he stops worshipping the ground she walks on.
- Like I said back in Chapter 2, Jocelyn is just as much as a mary sue as her daughter. In the end, Jocelyn is just an older version of her daughter.
So this passage is just disgusting all around. No one is in the right to this scenario. Luke and Simon are nice guys ™ who feel that being friends with a woman automatically guarantees them with a relationship with said woman. Then we have Jocelyn and Clary who are master manipulators, who are all too willing to manipulate the people around them to get what they want.This passage is just one continuous clusterfuck sandwich, and I’m so glad I can move on from this subject for the time being.