Is anybody aware of any symbolism behind the name of Beatrix? I am sure I've heard that name before in some tale or legend or myth somewhere. And I'm not just talking about FFIX, though perhaps the name was used there in reference to the same OTHER Beatrix. Any ideas on this?
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Beatrice is famous for being Dante's true love and inspiration in "the Inferno".
" 'I am Beatrice who urges you to journey, Come from a place to which I long to return. Love moved me to speak my heart to you.
" 'When I stand once more before my Lord, I shall often sing your praises to him.' With that she fell silent, and I ventured:
"O lady of virtue, through whom alone The human race surpasses all contained Within the heavens to the smallest sphere,
"Your command pleases me so thoroughly That already to have done it would seem tardy: Only let me know what it is you want.
"Tell me, however, why you are so bold To descend as far as to this center Out of the wide sky to which you would return?"
" 'Since you wish to know the inmost reason, I will tell you directly,' she answered me, 'Why I do not dread to come down here.
" 'The only things we really need to fear Are those that have the power to do harm: Nothing else should cause us to be fearful.
" 'God in his mercy has so fashioned me That I am not affected by your pain; The fires burning here do me no hurt.
" 'There is a noble Lady who weeps in heaven For this thwarted man to whom I send you, So that heaven's strict decree is broken.
" 'That Lady called on Lucia with her request And said: "Your faithful follower has now Such need of you that I commend him to you."
" 'Lucia, the foe of every cruelty, Started up and came to where I was, Sitting at the side of the aged Rachel.
" 'She said, "Beatrice, true credit to our God, Will you not help the man who so loves you That for your sake he left the common crowd?
(edited by Gavintzu on 26.4.04 1743) If I could fix me up a week of twilight hours we'd sit on the point and watch the sun continually flounder. Bathed in gold we'd plug into some kind of power and connect with those days back before all of this went sour.
I finally saw this over the weekend, and I thought it was good, but not great. (Bear in mind I say this without having seen Vol. 1 yet). The Superman theory was cool, and the stuff with Pai Mei touching his beard was fun (I really liked the camera work for that whole sequence.)
Was it just me, or did Beatrix kill only Bill in this movie? I liked how Quentin telegraphed Bill's demise with the speech about Pai Mei and the monks. (It never did occur to me that Bill might not be dead, but that's an interesting theory.)
Did they reveal in Vol. 1 that Beatrix's code name was Black Mamba? Cuz they mentioned that during the credits, and I thought it was interesting that Elle used that snake to kill Budd. I don't know if its more interesting that Budd was killed by a Black Mamba regardless, or that Elle would use the namesake of her enemy.
I like how with both Elle and Bill, Beatrix used her sword to fight them to a stalemate and then defeated them with her bare hands.
I also like that the kid was named Bebe. B(ill) + B(ea) = BB. Or maybe its B(ea) x 2?
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