A Princess of Mars/John Carter

6 years ago

Crossposted from other journals:

Okay, I’m currently attempting to catch up on my reading of A Princess of Mars (I am horribly behind as I’ve only started on chapter five today.) And I found something in chapter five that kind of explains some of the story line in John Carter! (I'm doing a chapter by chapter critique of the book.)

So! I was a bit confused by a scene montage in John Carter because I didn’t think it corresponded with the book. This montage involved John being ritually infantalized. That is to say, he was going through the same caretaking procedure and socialization that the Thark hatchlings were experiencing, even though the Tharks clearly knew and understood he was an adult of his species.

And I couldn’t make it match up to anything that happened in APM…Except it does! It absolutely does match up because the attentive and solicitous care Sola shows John in chapter five looks like the sort of care you give a small child, not an adult! (And it is funny because neither the writer nor the character seem to realize this.)

I’m pretty sure you can’t even argue “maybe servants did things like tuck their employers in back in the day, so it doesn’t strike Burroughs as odd that he wrote a teen aged girl treating an adult male like a child,” because Sola isn’t exactly acting like Jeeves here. She’s acting like a nanny.

I am extremely amused that the script writers apparently read this chapter the way I did.

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