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    Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    This isn't a thread about hype, feats, or who beats who. It's just some interesting symbolism.

    First and most obviously, Itachi seems to constantly introduce new techniques named after gods: Tsukuyomi, Amaterasu, Susano'o, Izanami, and Kotoamatsukami. While these techniques are not limited to him, the author constantly used Itachi to introduce them. By itself, this may not be much, however... Itachi's characteristic animal, the raven or crow, also holds symbolic presitige in Japan for being the messengers of the divine. This is playfully executed by the author when Itachi uses Karasu Bunshin, or crows, to communicate with (and through) Naruto and Sasuke.

    Next, "Itachi" is practically synonymous with "genjutsu." Divine beings create reality, the Rikudō does this for instance, and genjutsu, particularly the sort that Itachi uses, imposes a reality on his victims. With Tsukuyomi, Itachi compares himself with the omnipotent, as he controls all of space, and even time within his realm. This 'talent for creation' is driven home when Deidara is awestruck by Itachi's "art," (creation, illusion) and in that scene in particular, Itachi is surrounded by divine symbolism within what appears to be a shrine while drenched in light as Deidara is amazed, then envious.

    Lastly, the author gave Itachi the Totsuka (the Kusanagi variant pulled from the corpse of Orochi) and the Yata Mirror. These are two items of the imperial regalia, and were historically used as proof for the Japanese emperor's divinity. Do you want to guess the only other character to have an item from the imperial regalia? You guessed it: Rikudō Sennin, who was wearing the necklace. Anyway, I just thought it was interesting that the entirety of Itachi's arsenal, from crows clones, to genjutsu, to legendary items, to the eye techniques he introduces... are all symbols of divinity. I imagine Japanese readers picked up on all of this instantly whereas foreigners were left in the dust. It makes you wonder what else we're missing about characters and their mythological symbolism. I bet there's a wealth of uninterpreted knowledge!
     
         
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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    Hmmm sure I guess
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    wow,thats awesome
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    defitinely
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    You've opened my eyes! Brilliant analysis there.
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    Yeah, nice found.
    But everybody knows the only god is Madara.
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    Excellent !! (mr Burns Voice)
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    not god but one of the best characters.
     
         

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    I just wanna see the so6p true powers like he soloed the juubi he must be godlike power and when he sealed the juubi his power became 100times stronger.
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilt View Post
    This isn't a thread about hype, feats, or who beats who. It's just some interesting symbolism.

    First and most obviously, Itachi seems to constantly introduce new techniques named after gods: Tsukuyomi, Amaterasu, Susano'o, Izanami, and Kotoamatsukami. While these techniques are not limited to him, the author constantly used Itachi to introduce them. By itself, this may not be much, however... Itachi's characteristic animal, the raven or crow, also holds symbolic presitige in Japan for being the messengers of the divine. This is playfully executed by the author when Itachi uses Karasu Bunshin, or crows, to communicate with (and through) Naruto and Sasuke.

    Next, "Itachi" is practically synonymous with "genjutsu." Divine beings create reality, the Rikudō does this for instance, and genjutsu, particularly the sort that Itachi uses, imposes a reality on his victims. With Tsukuyomi, Itachi compares himself with the omnipotent, as he controls all of space, and even time within his realm. This 'talent for creation' is driven home when Deidara is awestruck by Itachi's "art," and in that scene in particular, Itachi is surrounded by divine symbolism and drenched in light.

    Lastly, the author gave Itachi the Totsuka (the Kusanagi variant pulled from the corpse of Orochi) and the Yata Mirror. These are two items of the imperial regalia, and were historically used as proof for the Japanese emperor's divinity. Do you want to guess the only other character to have an item from the imperial regalia? You guessed it: Rikudō Sennin. So! I just thought it was interesting that the entirety of Itachi's arsenal, from crows clones, to genjutsu, to legendary items, to the eye techniques he introduces... are all symbols of divinity. I imagine Japanese readers picked up on all of this instantly whereas foreigners were left in the dust. It makes you wonder what else we're missing about characters and their mythological symbolism. I bet there's a wealth of uninterpreted knowledge!
    Itachi is a beast !
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    Maybee not that he is symbolic god as much as a symbol of maybee peace or the sense of being more then what one appears (how a god is more thsn a man). Since he obviously turned out a hero, it is an aspect thst he sacrificed his life for a greater or more divine good.or justice.

    Good point though :D
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    Yeah, he could definitely be a symbol for peace as well, as he is noted as a pacifist and even a vegetarian in the databook. I believe his favorite word is peace as well.
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    Quote Originally Posted by Masked man View Post
    Yeah, nice found.
    But everybody knows the only god is Madara.
    loool madara is not a God either.
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    yes. his god. and all of those so called god has identical feature. they don't even exist.
     
         

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    Re: Itachi is God (literary symbolism)

    I can guarantee you that more foreigners caught that stuff than Japanese. They aren't as attached to their symbolism as you would think.
     
         

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