Now, before I start ripping this apart, I firstly want to acknowledge that Michael Wayland was a fucking abusive bastard and he shouldn’t be trusted to raise even a gerbil. However, this passaged raised a couple questions for me, and I want to talk about it.
1 ) Is there any type of legislation against child abuse in the Shadowhunter community? This is an important question because I really want to know if Jace had even the option to escape his father’s abuse? It also tells me, if child abuse is just generally accepted in this community. I’m guessing at this point, but I really have a feeling that child abuse is generally accepted as a norm within Shadowhunter community.
One of the reasons I come to this conclusion is that none of the Circle members or The Clave decided to step in and take Jace until after Jace’s death. Now, Jace much like a lot of abused children probably didn’t even see it as abuse or was probably too afraid to tell anyone.
However, what is really caught my attention that no one has mentioned any type of child protection laws, or any type of C.P.S. set up within the Shadowhunter community? I really want to know if children like Jace would have anywhere to go to if he ever decided to tell anyone about the abuse. This hasn’t been confirmed or anything, but I’m really getting a sickening feeling that this sort behavior is normal in the Shadowhunters community.
2 ) Why was this scene so necessary? Seriously, we already know that Jace’s father was abusive, and really there could have been a more organic way for Clary to discover Jace’s philosophy on love. Clary asked this later in the chapter, but I’m asking this now: Why did Jace think that this story was a good bedtime story? This is freaking nightmare fuel, and was in no way appropriate for this scene