𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗯𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗿𝗲𝗯𝗹𝗼𝗴!
this will be a series of headcanons all loosely following the exploration of cycles & reflections of themes through re / biohazard 7 & village. i will often be linking back to others & / or photographs, links, etc. BUT! this will all be based on my on educated guesses as well as directly impact how i approach the character as i write him.
the depiction of fatherhood throughout fiction has changed exponentially and often times in relation to the realities of our world. specifically, i speak of the western, anglo-saxon depictions ( other countries have differing experiences of course, but specifically for this blog and this character, those are mostly set respectfully aside ) and how the fictional father has changed over the centuries.
in the victorian era, the father was an oppressive figure. he loomed over his how as the spiritual backbone, rooting out weakness and temptation, keeping his family in order as well as securing his lineage by ensuring at least one son was born and that his daughters were wedded off to suitable partners that would keep the image of the family intact. while this was the overpowering norm, there was a gentler brush of fathers.
the early 1800s brought about the rise of jane austin’s work and in nearly all her books, the fathers were kind-hearted and gentlemanly, they were not drunkards or gamblers, they were quiet but strong and always tried to do right by their family. many were brought together with their spouses through arranged marriages but love and respect was shown and their wives seemed happy. this specific relationship seemed mostly to bloom with fathers and daughters, the girls in austin’s work always adored their fathers and their fathers in turn reciprocated that love and affection. this, most likely was due to the author being a woman and living that specific life, but her work did start to have an effect on how fathers were written-- at least until the turn of the century.
the industrial revolution stripped families of their fathers. before fathers worked the land around the homestead or perhaps worked in small shops in the city, often seeing their families as they went to school or attended social gatherings. once the industrial revolution came about, father were made to spend all their time toiling away in horrific conditions, often around dangerous equipment that at the worst of it was claimed to ‘ kill a man a day ‘ due to a complete lack of care for worker safety. incurring the trauma of watching their coworkers be mangled in machinery or suffering debilitating injuries themselves, changed how men acted in the home. they were gone from dawn to dusk and when they were home, they were not the same men they had been before.
while fathers kept the same role, they now where distant. there was no personal time to balance out their removed position from the family. fathers became a distinct separate entity rather than part of the family unit and more emphasis was placed on motherhood. the balance of power remained the same but the correlation between positive and negative influence became inverted over time.
in 7, jack is seen in both roles, as oppressor and protector. thought photographs in the house we see that he is a veteran and that alone can be derisive. the skills he learned as a soldier was to protect his home and country are also the same skills that allows him to hunt, trap and kill over thirty people in the three years after eveline is brought into their home.
later when held inside the mold mass, ethan and jack speak. he is fairly soft-spoken, apologetic in his mannerism and speech and tries to explain that he never wanted to hurt anyone, not ethan, mia or any of those killed or changed into the molded.
for unknown reasons, alan was never considered a father figure to eveline ( as far as i can tell. if he was, it was only before the ship got caught in the storm because while she refers to mia as ‘ mommy ‘ the whole time and later alan states to mia that he knows eveline trusts mia but never trusted him ) and in fact seems to be one of the first people she infects in her attack. alan is honestly surprised that mia was not attacked but she reminds alan that it is part of eveline’s imprinting protocol.
despite his resilience and skill, jack is not an acceptable father in eveline’s eyes, just as marguerite is never called ‘ mommy ‘. pre-infection she seems very maternal but just like jack, she is unfit in eveline’s eyes. as soon as ethan arrives, eveline decides he will be her father. in my canon, he is called to dulvey specifically for this reason. in my opinion, eveline found out through alan that mia and he were not really married and that mia had an actual husband out there somewhere. eveline wanted him to come to her because she had already decided he was her father but mia spent three years trying to keep eveline from finding him. three years of torture until mia finally broken down and sent the video to ethan as well as the video, warning him not to come. she knew what eveline was doing and tried to spare him the same fate, but he showed up anyway.
all through 7 ethan is fighting against being seen as eveline’s father and the concept of fatherhood overall. not once, even if it would have saved him a lot of trouble, does he agree to play along. he overhears jack ranting about being replaced by ethan, despite being the better father in his opinion, as well as marguerite hunting him down for refusing eveline’s gift and ethan could have taken the opportunity to play into it. he could have played house with eveline long enough to get answers from mia rather than following zoe’s instructions. he has no reason to trust that zoe is leading him towards any definitive answer but she is going against eveline and that is good enough for ethan. he refuses to give eveline what she wants, no matter the cost.
this, of course, is inverted completely in village. in the first section alone, we are given a completely different version of ethan. he is no longer struggling against fatherhood but has embraced it wholly. to the point of worrying that a six month old with no comprehension of words, could be upset by a fairytale. he is obviously an incredibly anxious father, promising not to let any of the ‘ montsers ‘ get rose ( a promise he immediately fails at but he’s got the spirit ) and he gets into a tiff with ‘ mia ‘ about it as well, which she shuts down rather than entertains, but beyond this, in the flashback after getting knocked unconscious in the car wreck, it is revealed that ethan has gone behind mia’s back to set up a doctor’s appointment for rose.
on the surface, this could be misconstrued as mia being upset that ethan set this appointment up without asking her but in reality, it goes much deeper than that. for mia it is about safety. she is scared that drawing unnecessary attention to rose ( and ethan, as she turns the argument from rose onto ethan quickly before she leaves the room ) will expose her lies as well as her involvement. while we know she made some sort of immunity deal with the bsaa for protection, she probably did not divulge everything to them rather only what she needed to in order to protect herself and ethan from her former employers.
this is a very small, very early clue, however, about ethan’s relationship to rose. on a cognizant level, ethan is trying to be the best dad he can. he has a photograph of rose as his wallpaper on his laptop ( he really is just unbearably new age dad and he’s so happy to be obnoxious about it. if he was allowed a facebook he WOULD be posting pictures of rose every morning, just to show off ) and while exploring the house, he talks about how she is a miracle baby. in the concept art for village, there was an idea that mia would have been left in such a weakened state from both the experience of being in the baker house and the medical surgeries she went through to cut the mold out, that she would be in a wheelchair ( which is partially canon to my blog, i like the representation that brings to the series, to have such a strong character be disable as well as having the physical scars not magic away like many others ) the fact that she was able to carry a child to term is impressive enough but to have rose being, by all accounts, completely healthy? is a miracle ( and definitely a lie. there is a medical form ethan can read in the house from the bsaa saying that all their tests say rose was normal at birth but one thousand percent that is bullshit. they would have known at fifteen to twenty weeks that rose was not a normal child ).
ethan loves his daughter but at the same time, he feels deep down in his gut that something isn’t right about her. at this point, he has no reason to think he is infected but he knows mia was. he knows mia went through a lot of medical operations and is on a heavy medication regimen. this is why he sets up an appointment on his own; not through the bsaa and not through mia. he wants an outside perspective on rose, a second or third or maybe twentieth opinion on the situation.
this doctor’s appointment was set up only a couples days before the raid on the winters’ home. the doctor notes in the call that the appointment is ‘ next thursday ‘ and it is to go over results, meaning he already took rose to the initial appointment for her actual tests. i want to say that mia was there ( mostly from a logistical standpoint. most of the time, unless a father has sole custody of their child, the mother is often required to be at appointments too. mothers are given far more importance in the medical healthy of their children and often times, even for life-saving procedures, a father’s choice alone is not enough. father’s rights are not equal to mother’s rights, unfortunately ) but it is possible that he took her alone, that mia may not have been healthy enough to travel to and from the appointment. this most likely was the last night mia was in the house before miranda took her place.
all of this serves as a backdrop to the main event: the beneviento house and he thing in the basement. this is going to have to be broken into smaller sections to tackle each one individually.... and yes, we are going to talk about the fucking fetus.