A Tail of Two Kitties

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.

Jasper (left) see's Missy (right) for the first time. Jasper immediately flee'd the living room to hide in the bathroom.

Jasper (left) see’s Missy (right) for the first time. Jasper immediately left the living room to hide in the bathroom. Photo Credit: Tiffani Torres

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.

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Missy see’s Jasper come out of hiding. Immediately, she launches an attack. Photo Credit: Tiffani Torres

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.

Jasper (right) retreats back into the kitchen. For the first time since he adoption, he hisses. Photo Credit: Tiffani Torres

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.

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Jasper crawls out of hiding for a second time. Missy prepares herself for an attack. Photo Credit: Tiffani Torres

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Jasper takes a submissive position as Missy hisses at his advances. Photo Credit: Tiffani Torres

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!

One thought on “A Tail of Two Kitties

  1. I really enjoyed the way you tied kittens in with X-Men on the basis of fear, and I think using primal fear as an example is one of the best ways to do so. Very well thought out, and equally as well put together.


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