Let’s Get The Ball Rolling With The Main Issue Regarding Nina’s Character
For some reason the only thing I have any real interest in writing about is Code Geass and another topic that has come up in the theme of alternative analysis that I’ve been interested in pursuing is what to make of the character of Nina Einstein. Most bloggers I’ve found will stop at telling you how much they hate her, but I think few have actually bothered to try and look at everything that has happened to her and to try and understand what makes her tick. That is why as a way of trying to do something I hope is unique from other bloggers, I bring people a forbidden subject, one that already has me pondering if most people will just gloss over for thinking I’m insane for not sticking to the popular narrative of Nina hate and that there’s something more tragic in her character. Yes it’s time for a character analysis of Nina Einstein.
First I have to thank the Animanchronism for giving me the idea to talk about his character. The guy has inspired more then his share of my articles as well as been a beacon of just plan covering things that nobody else I can think of would even think to look at. So thanks again Animanchronism for providing a much needed dose of new to the blogosphere.
She’s Actually Really Talking About Herself
In Reality An Inner Monologue Spoken Vocally As She’s Imagining Millay As Her Former Self
Another Hint That She Somewhat Realizes She’s Talking To Herself And Realizes The Hypocrisy
So from the get go Nina was always portrayed as a somewhat introverted socially awkward type with an unexplained hatred of Japanese people, and I’ve been entertaining the thought that perhaps her unexplained hatred of Japanese people is actually a hatred of herself. Essentially I believe Nina is a character that has never been able to define what role she fits into in society, and the Japanese citizens who also have had their roles denied from them serve to remind Nina of that what I believe she loathes most, herself. Essentially the only thing that had been keeping Nina going during the early Ashford Academy days was the support from her friends and later her admiration for Euphemia who stood up to take on the role as a saviour and left an impression on Nina.
By Giving Her Some Motivation That Got The Ball Rolling Towards Finding An Identity
It’s at that point I think that Nina started to develop dreams of Euphemia as the ideal role she would like to fulfill and she sought to try and understand her as much as she could in order to develop the traits that she thought Euphemia portrayed. When she found out that Euphemia wasn’t who she imagined she was during the special autonomous zone arc in the first season, (the fact that she sought to give the Japanese people back there roles I don’t think outrage Nina so much in terms of racist tendencies as much as Nina was crushed that it wasn’t her that Euphemia was recognizing in her desperation to define herself somehow) she probably had feelings of uncertainty that she was never able to resolve before Euphemia’s demise and this probably resulted in the temporary meltdown we saw in Nina where she just gave up on life (episodes 24-25 of season 1), taking on suicidal tendencies and seeking to take as many people with her as she could. Essentially her story doesn’t seem to be much unlike the tragic story you often here behind a school shooting where the perpetrator is described as a quiet, introverted bookish type who nobody ever paid attention to and whose problems with fitting into society at least on some level caused them to develop a hatred of it that erupts into a flurry of violence at the end of which they take their own lives. Luckily Nina was saved by chance as were many characters in the first season from whatever tragedy befell them as a result of fate or their actions and with the second season (again like most characters) she has a chance to make things right.
The thing is, Nina’s main character flaw at the moment (in my opinion) that causes her to be so unstable seems to be that she never really truly understood Euphemia like Lelouch and Nunally and the fact that she never really got to know her idol before her untimely death nor why she sought to provide a special autonomous zone for the Japanese seems to have left her in a state of flux as she graduated from high school and moved into her position in Schneizel’s weapons development department. Not to mention that with graduation she lost the one grounding force she had in the student council group. Essentially she needs to come to terms with Euphemia’s legacy before she can move on with her life and it’s causing outbursts like the type where she said to Millay that she never really tried to understand her or something to that regard. Also noting the fact that she’s started dressing like Euphemia (in episode 09) makes me think that she’s trying to become Euphemia in order to come to this understanding that she needs to reach, but also has a desire to be identified as a person unique to herself.
That’s Because Nina Is Not Euphy And You Are Staving Off Her Mental Recovery/Progress By Trying To Make Her Euphemia
She Doesn’t Even Know Herself
Essentially she’s being pulled in opposite directions and it doesn’t help that Schneizel is confusing her even further with all the talk about what Euphemia was like. Right now she is headed in the wrong direction. She cannot solve her personal issues by becoming what she imagines Euphemia is like, she has to know what Euphemia was like and become a Nina that has a place in society. Right now she has a place in society, but is unfortunately her own worst enemy in trying to be someone else and failing to realize it. The fact that Nina has such potential as an intellectual, but can’t seem to realize it in what I believe is self-loathing is what leads me to think of her more as a tragic character then one to be hated like the blogosphere and forum goers seem to jump at the tendency to do, and really I think that’s exactly the kind of thing that would cause her to be the way she is in the first place if we were to exist in her dimension and let her know that she is hated rather then pitied. I guess she’s lucky that she has people like Millay around who even back in episode 05 showed that she was worried about her and dreams of a day when the group of Ashford friends can stand as one and not the blogosphere or by god the girl would have taken her life the episode after her problems became apparent.
Then Who Are You?
Speaking of Millay her outburst at Millay can also be interpreted as misplaced rage at the fact that she has yet to move on with her life and is stuck in a state of flux with no defined self. Essentially I think it drives home the point even further that Nina’s real issue is a case of unwitting self-loathing and the idea that she can’t fit into society along with the way she reacted to all the ridicule she was getting from the Britannian nobles as she walked down the aisle with Schneizel.
To Have One Acknowledge You Nina You Must First Be Able To Acknowledge Yourself, Only Then Can You Begin the Healing
So really I’m no psychologist, but I think Nina might have to first reject the identity of Euphemia that Schneizel is trying to force on her and acknowledge and seperate the part of her that wants to deny the fact that she hasn’t defined herself yet in how she fits into society and only then will she be able to redeem herself and move on in life. For now it’s not going to be easy, but I think that if Millay and Karen were able to get through to her somewhat after her breakdown that she may be closer to it then we might think.
Well I hope people at least read that and might take it into consideration before they go mercilessly hating on Nina again. I seriously don’t think she’s an inherentely evil character so much as one who has yet to find her direction in life and as such has been easily influenced by Schneizels ideals and Britannia’s propaganda. At this point she’s possibly so desperate that she might accept any role and that’s not exactly good for her nor what she needs. It’s a sad fate and I truly hope things work out for her as I think she’s one of the most tragic characters in the show. Next article won’t be a Code Geass one I promise for those who are gettign tired of the same old subject. No, I don’t think anyone can predict the next one. See Ya…