XI : Justice
Letter from Silent Heaven
|To what extent do James'
delusions reflect reality?
James, the second game's protagonist, murders his wife who
suffers from an illness due to the burden of nursing her.
However, in the work in which his delusions have become the
focal point, many mysteries remain after the story's
conclusion. Why is James under the impression that his wife
died three years ago? And when did he kill her? Focusing on
two matters that become key points, let's inspect these
mysteries left behind by Silent Hill 2.
Laura says that she became friends with Mary
when she met her at the hospital last year. As
James believes that his wife died three years
ago, his memory is greatly shaken.
letter addressed to her, Laura tells James that her birthday
was last week. If this letter that was supposed to be sent
to her on her birthday is real, then Mary was alive until
The contents of the letter to Laura are
effectively Mary's last words to her.
the start of the game, James is in possession of "Mary's
letter." As he awakens to the crime he has committed, the
contents of the letter disappear. What this signifies is
that the letter itself was James' delusion.
After killing Eddie, the words vanish from the
page. Finally, the letter itself disappears
for the two of them surely "died" three years ago
Taking the facts mentioned above into consideration, there
can be almost no doubt that Mary was alive three years ago. However,
there is no mistaking that three years ago something happened. Couldn't
it be that what James made himself think of as his "wife's death" is
really the turn for the worse that Mary's condition took three years
ago? James, weary of nursing his wife, probably lost his memories of
that three-year period as a result of the shock of having taken her life
with his own hands.
Although James recovers
his memories, it isn't revealed exactly when the crime was
The real reason James
came to Silent Hill was to take his own life in a place of
memories. If this is the case, could Mary's body be in the
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