Thanks to IvoryValor for the inspiration!
Bear with me, I’m not very good at explaining myself, but I’ll try.
His mother dies in front of him and he spends most of the first half of the game in shock, trying to convince himself that revenge is the answer, even though it isn’t. It’s the one and the only thing he can cling to.
She runs from her past sins and lies about it, denying her involvement in the past war on Cocoon, trying to forget about the atrocities she’s caused.
She throws herself into conflict to run from thinking, using her anger at her enemies to keep herself going.
This one’s a little stretched, but Snow seems to be of the mind that if he sacrifices anything (His rant at Anima about being Anima’s l’Cie if it frees Serah) then it’ll all work out.
He puts on a jokey demeanor, but this man is broken. I mean, he tries to blow his own head off after Vanille confesses her involvement with Dajh to him, do I really need to go on?
Fang just seems to have accepted her role in everything, although she does have missing memories, she seems to take everything in stride.
I really hope this made sense to people…
I generally agree that each of the characters represents a stage of grief in the game:
- Hope: Shock
- Vanille: Denial
- Lightning: Anger
- Snow: Bargaining
- Sazh: Depression
- Fang: Acceptance
And I like the inclusion of “shock” as one. But I think they each go through the five stages of grief at different parts of the game. I also think that each of the main cast represents a stages of grief for the other five.
The other party members represent Lightning’s five stages, according to her interactions with them. The other party members also represent Sazh’s five stages of grief, according to his interactions with them. And so on…
So let’s say, the following characters represent Lightning’s five stages and how she percieves/interacts with them:
- Denial – Snow
- Anger – Hope
- Bargaining – Vanille
- Depression – Sazh
- Acceptance – Fang
Since these characters have occupied these specific stages for Lightning, they won’t be these specific stages for the others. Every character would rotate between each stage (Hope might represent anger for Lightning, but denial for Snow). Lightning will replace a character and then represent a stages herself of grief for the others. She, like the others, wouldn’t repeat a stage for any of the characters.
Here’s what it would look like in table format:
Even though Lightning is almost always angry, she doesn’t represent anger as a concept to everyone. Eventually, they will collectively represent the five stages of grief, overcoming their respective grief together.