A thoughtful exploration of themes portrayed in the television series WandaVision.
(If you haven’t watched, it does spoil significant plot points)
There is not doubt about the trauma that the central character has experienced.
What does give rise to doubt is the way in which that character really gives no account to others that she has harmed in her effort to deal with that trauma.
The degree of her sadness and loss seems to counterbalance the narrative demand for that account to be given.
Others whose wrongdoing was on a lower scale experience their comeuppances, but not the central wrongdoer.
Is grief a literal get out of jail free card?
While it’s generally acknowledged that there is “no right way to grieve,” what’s not often articulated is that “some ways of grieving are better than others.” Or, perhaps more controversially, “there are wrong ways to grieve.”
I liked the hopefulness of this concluding thought, as Christians walk through a contemplative season of grieving in the lead up to Easter:
To my eyes, the promise of God is an end to grief, and an end to its compounding nature. Giving people space to grieve, and helping them grieve in a way that doesn’t traumatize others, is a blessing and of utmost importance on “this side of the Jordan.” Jesus Christ offers to us, however, a vision where love doesn’t just persevere: it conquers.