O-Homer's Relationship With Her Father Matsumoto

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With this biological connection to the maternal, O-Ren gets her revenge on Matsumoto two years later by mimicking this kind of violent, material bloodshed in relation to her mother. As she sits on top of Matsumoto with her sword halfway through his stomach, she demands him to look at her face, eyes and mouth, asking him, “Do I look familiar? Do I look like somebody you murdered?” (Kill Bill) and then she proceeds to kill him, his blood spewing all over her face just like her mother’s did. In this context, O-Ren becomes an embodiment of revenge and vendetta personified, perpetuating the generative violence of her mother’s birth and sacrifice through her own destructive violence and vanquishing of her enemy, Matsumoto. By avenging her mother…show more content…
Her thirst for revenge, driven by her biological loss and her maternal experience, has yet to be quenched and the warrior within her demands retribution, violence and brutal mutilation of her enemy. Before beginning battle, O-Ren arrogantly taunts the mother-warrior, proclaiming that she hopes she saved her energy otherwise she may not last five minutes. This pompous taunting and ridiculing proceeds through out combat as O-Ren slices the back of the bride and wounds her. Falling onto her back, the bride grimaces in pain as O-Ren says to her, “You might not be able to fight like a samurai, but you can at least die like one” (Kill Bill). The mother-warrior responds, “Attack me with everything you have” (Kill Bill). Not only is the mother-warrior welcoming her own death and preserving her heroic honor and identity with this courageous statement, but she is also denying O-Ren’s arrogant statements from breaking her focus on gaining vengeance. As the fight persists, the mother-warrior cuts O-Ren’s leg, which begins to drip with blood as O-Ren steps back on shock, her arrogance fades to fear as she apologizes for ridiculing the bride moments before. The mother persona accepts her apology and after a long pause, the warrior persona asks if O-Ren is ready to die. Showing no mercy, the mother-warrior finally kills O-Ren by slicing the top of her scalp off clean, leaving her brain exposed at the top. As explained previously, O-Ren’s relationship to the maternal experience is much more abstract due to her not having kids and her mother dying at such an early age, therefore, her persona was dominated by the warrior ever since she avenged her parents at age 11. In contrast, the bride’s relationship to the maternal experience is much more concrete in that she understands what its like to have a child inside of her as well as what its like to have that same
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