Jace’s behavior in this chapter is really confusing. I know that he’s supposed to be brainwashed and normally I would just chop up his bizarre behavior in this chapter to being an overall symptom of the brainwashing. Yet, I still can’t help but have a few questions about his behavior anyway.
First off, I know that Jace would be overjoyed to find that his father was alive. However, one would logically think that Jace would be more than a little bit distrustful of him right now. Remember, Valentine faked his own death, traumatized Jace by ‘dying’ right in front of him, and then abandoned him.
Yet, despite all that I listed above, Jace is still just taking everything that Valentine is saying as absolute truth. If it had been me in Jace’s place, I would have been questioning everything. Nevertheless, Jace is just falling in line like a good little soldier, which is really out of character for him.
Throughout this entire book, Jace has had little respect for authority figures and their rules. Since the very beginning of this book, Jace just has done whatever he wanted, broken every rule with little to no negative consequences. Yet, all of a sudden he’s just so obedient?
And yeah, Jace’s current behavior could still be attributed to the brainwashing, but I really feel that Cassandra Clare didn’t set up enough foreshadowing for this scenario Personally, I would have loved to seen Jace’s brainwashing occasionally and subtly trigger throughout the entire book. It would have certainly made Jace’s behavior in this chapter a lot more believable.