Fear is a huge motive in the X-Men story lines. Today, I got to witness a first hand demonstration of fear with two kittens. Now you may wonder what a pair of kittens have to do with X-Men. I’d say, nothing. However, I’m analyzing fear at its most primal level and comparing it to characters within the X-Men universe.
So, I am babysitting my friend’s cat Missy. Missy is a 6 month old tabby cat. My cat’s name is Jasper.
Jasper and Missy’s first meeting did not turn out as expected.
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Charles Xavier, too, cowered in his home. He feared that all of his actions would cause others pain. His power was a burden he could no longer handle.
Jasper is similar to Charles. Something he should have control over, his home, was suddenly so different. He didn’t know where was safe, so he hid.
Missy, in this real life example, has a closer rationality to Magneto. She believes that Jasper will hurt her, so she lashes out. As I mentioned in my character analysis of Magneto, Magneto attacks before he can be attacked.
I was surprised to hear Jasper hiss. He really was afraid of this new cat. It caused him to behave differently. A few moments later, he went back into hiding.
Much like Professor X, Jasper chooses to be peaceful. In his home, he submits to Missy so that he may feel safe. She didn’t seem to trust him, however, and he still doesn’t.
I have Missy until Sunday. I hope that tensions die down by then. Currently, Missy is so afraid she won’t even let her owners come near her.
On a brighter note, here is a cute video about X-Men and cats. Happy Thanksgiving!