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HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE 1

INTRODUCTION

Although Hayao Miyazaki kept in his film some of the main aspects of Howl’s Moving Castle as in the original novel of Diane Wynne, published in 1986, he reinvented the most of the plot and modified the psychological profile of the characters in order to convey his message as an antiwar artist.
Thus, Sophie’s personality is more developed than in the book, she is more courageous, compassionate and intuitive, like most of Miyazaki’s heroines; think of Chihiro or Princess Mononoke, for example, resolute and fiery women, an authentic expression of his own feminine archetype represented by the Moon is Aries in his own natal chart.
On the other hand, he stresses the mother image and the Shadow of both Sophie and Howl, condensing the personality of the Witch of the Waste and making Madame Suliman, the royal sorceress, a more powerful, but wiser, mother image. The same technique was applied to Sen to Chihiro Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), with Jubaba and her sister Zeniba, two faces of the same principle. As we will see later, one represents the lust of power, the other, stern but eventually kinder, stands for the wisdom of the mother archetype.
As for Howl’s personality, Miyazaki designs a kinder and more intriguing one for his film version. In the novel, Howl, the wizard, spends most of his time chasing young women and escaping form responsibility, Miyazaki expands Howl’s views making him more charismatic and protective, interested in power, war and peace, themes extremely important in Miyazaki’s works.

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by xavier_astro | 2009-12-01 00:00 | 映画  

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