Why “Wrath” and “Natural Selection”

Why “Wrath” and “Natural Selection”

"Wrath" is a very charged word. It is more than simple anger itself - no, it is an emotion typically described to that of a god. It is an all-encompassing anger at the world and its citizens at the slightest misstep. It is power incarnate. And while Eric might've alluded to having the strength of a god, it is Dylan who again and again touches on his point throughout his journal. Dylan calls himself a god various times, tying into both his ostracism and superiority over the zombies. And where does Dylan relate himself to the word? In Eric's yearbook, stating that his "wrath for January's incident will be godlike." Dylan wanted to reach some kind of mental heaven with happiness and fulfillment as dominant factors. The world has always been too much polluted by ideologies and misunderstandings to establish this kind of utopia. Therefore, destruction and consequent regeneration through means of wrath. By displaying this word in a bold blood-red on his t-shirt, Dylan was broadcasting to the world that he is no longer hiding behind his human facade; the gods have descended from Heaven to invoke their retribution on humanity, and anyone who gets in his way will be incinerated by his red-hot rage.

 

"Natural Selection" could be the physical expression of Eric's perceived superiority. "Natural Selection" - on the surface an odd phrase for Eric to find some credence in, especially considering his grave misunderstanding of the topic. But when viewing Eric's repurposing of the phrase, combining aspects of social Darwinism with Naziesque conceptualizations of eugenics, Eric's behavior during the first half of the massacre makes sense. Eric wanted to shape the world to his liking, he often mentions ethnic cleansing and annihilation of 'stupid people' in his journal. Whereas Dylan's shirt implies an unleashed energy, Eric's implies a cold scientific determinism. Eric is simply enacting his natural right, by this measure, to mow down his classmates. Why? Because they are the "retards, people with brain fuck ups, drug addicts," and, most grievously of all, the "people who can’t figure out how to use a fucking lighter." They are the vapid sheep who have plagued his life, not just by their actions against him, but just by sheer virtue of their placid ignorance. "Natural Selection" is the "natural" order of things, after all.

 


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