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Stockholm Syndrome

(Anonymous) 2016-07-13 08:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Do you think Marco has Stockholm Syndrome?

Re: Stockholm Syndrome

(Anonymous) 2016-08-06 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
thats a... pretty good question tbh. As far as stockholm syndrome symptoms go, Marco ticks off every single one:

Positive feelings by the victim toward the abuser/controller ✓
Negative feelings by the victim toward family, friends, or authorities trying to rescue/support them or win their release ✓
Support of the abuser’s reasons and behaviors ✓
Positive feelings by the abuser toward the victim ✓
Supportive behaviors by the victim, at times helping the abuser ✓
Inability to engage in behaviors that may assist in their release or detachment ✓

Some of these are, of course, special cases, eg: even if marco did ride away he may still be captured and possible put to death, his distrust of his father is justified, but it still falls perfectly in line.

Marco forgives Kublai for every heinous act the Khan commits, from killing prisoners to almost killing him. It doesn't take him that long to forgive him for killing the little emperor too. This is doubly important because religion was likely the only socialisation Marco had growning up as basically an orphan, and these are all considered sins--the worst thing a person can ever do. Marco even seems to forgive Empress Chabi for setting up the rape of the woman he loves. I mean there's sympathetic and forgiving and then there's the inexplicable behaviour of those severly traumatised.

There's also Marco's inability to explain why he doesn't just escape. There are many, many times in the show when he could simply take off and be long gone before the khan even notices. The ONLY concrete answer he ever gives is that Kokachin is part of the reason and he never explains the rest of it. It's true that he'd run into some problems on the run, but never really more than he was already dealing with in the Khanate. He faces basically no troubles pretending to be a poppy traider in season one.

He owes the Khan nothing, and yet does everything in his power to uphold him and secure his position, even while, again, the Khan does so much that Marco would otherwise condemn. Marco constantly goes above and beyond his duties, viewing other members of the court with suspicion and trying his hardest to protect Kublai, even when he hasn't been asked to. It does seem like he is trying to do everything he can to appease the Khan which he knows, subconciously, will protect himself.

This would usually be the part where I offered an alternative view but... I mean I could say that maybe the writers didn't mean for him to fall so squarely into a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome, but with the constant unanswered questions about his actions from the other characters, Marco's constant insistance that his Khan is a good man even though he is continuously proven wrong... it's pretty clear it crossed somebody's mind.

Re: Stockholm Syndrome

(Anonymous) 2016-08-07 01:48 am (UTC)(link)
A+ analysis, anon! :-D

Re: Stockholm Syndrome

(Anonymous) 2016-08-09 12:45 am (UTC)(link)
I think one of the reasons he doesn't escape, other than the potential for Stockholm Syndrome, is that in Kublai's court he's a far more important person than he ever was in Venice.

What did Marco do in Venice? He made deliveries via gondola?

What does he do in Cambulac? He advises the emperor of the largest empire in history. He may be living under the threat of execution if he displeases the khan, but on the other hand that's one hell of a power trip for a merchant's son.

Re: Stockholm Syndrome

(Anonymous) 2016-08-06 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
longer, more fleshed out reply: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7696339

Marco's 'conversation' with H.E in the jail cell

(Anonymous) 2016-08-07 12:58 pm (UTC)(link)
I was re-watching the episode where Marco was going to be executed, and it only just occurred to me on this watch that the show was trying to imply that Marco had some kind of mystical mind connection to Hundred Eyes.

I mean, it's such an over-used trope - the martial arts student having a psychic conversation in a spiritual other realm with his master - that I didn't even think about it the first time I saw the scene, lol.

(Well... either that, or poor Marco is just imagining what H.E would say to him if he'd had the opportunity to talk to him, which gives me a sad to think about).

Re: Marco's 'conversation' with H.E in the jail cell

(Anonymous) 2016-08-09 12:46 am (UTC)(link)
I was so fucking confused by that scene tbh, like, I thought for a minute hundred eyes came to visit him? then I thought maybe he had gotten to go visit hundred eyes? Then I was like, wait, is he imagining it all??