I think Hope gets a bad rap. Everyone hates him because he’s essentially a moody, whiny brat. But considering the reasons he’s anger, should you blame him?
Here’s the scenario: Hope and his mother Nora are victims of the Purge. Tthe resistance group NORA rescues Hope, Nora and the rest of the Purgees. Some Purgees choose to fight alongside them, including Nora.
From afar, Hope watches the bridge with Nora and the other volunteers destroyed in an army attack. Nora falls to her death after saving Snow’s life.
Hope eventually comes to blame Snow for his mother’s death.
Hope isn’t mad at his mom for volunteering and protecting him. We usually give our relatives the benefit of the doubt anyway. He’s angry Snow couldn’t protect Nora, like he couldn’t protect NORA.
Not that Hope thinks everyone must protect his mom. He saw Snow holding on to his mom at first. From his perspective, Snow dropped her. Hope sees this as directly leading to her death. Snow couldn’t have held on to Nora since she slipped out of consciousness and loosened her grip. Nora was already dying as Snow was holding on. But Hope couldn’t have to know that at the time.
Vanille encourages Hope to approach Snow, probably to talk it out with him. But he’s an angry teen, and he’s not in the most rational state. He knows what he saw, he’s just doesn’t know the context.
Everyone wants Hope to get over the death of his mother already. That’s a bit insensitive. Would YOU just get over the death of your mother after a few moments of seeing her die? I don’t believe Hope’s a psychopath. A psychopath would simply get over their loved one’s death because they don’t care. Hope wants vengeance for his wronged mom. But only we know it’s revenge.
All of Hope’s anger is an epistemic gap on his part. But you can’t blame him. Hating Hope is just a form of mind-blindness. Many of us can’t attribute mental states to Hope. We’re unaware of his mental states. And we’re incapable in assessing his beliefs and desires.
But we can still empathize.