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I am so glad that these two moments have been giffed together like this because, to me, wow is this something subtly telling. Both instances, Dean stands before a mirror, the image reflected back at him as blurred as the current clarity of his self-concept. But it’s the small difference in gesture that speaks volumes. Because in the first instance, Dean swipes his hand (his right hand, his mark-of-Cain hand) from left to right, but in the second, from right to left. Why is this telling? Crossroadscastiel and pirrofarfalla have discussed the significance within palmistry in left- and right-handedness, with the left side said to be a reflection of the inner self. The imagery of the scene where the first gif is taken is strongly suggestive of Dean trying to cleanse himself of the taint he feels himself becoming corrupted by; he is trying to wash away his corrosive thoughts, to shed himself of the mental burden of the mark. And in this gesture, sweeping from the side of the inner self, he tries to focus on that side of himself, to block out the mark side of him and try to ‘switch on’ the person he used to be.

In the second gif, the context of the scene places Dean almost preparing himself for what he sees should be done, needs to be done. Again, the mirror is murky, reflecting the lack of clarity of Dean’s self-concept, both to him and to us, the viewers (which Dean is going to be the driving force here? His inner self, or the tool the mark is creating?). And here, he sweeps from right to left, this time ‘switching off’ the inner self and so allowing the corrupted self to take the reins. A sign that, as Jensen himself stated in interviews, that Dean is starting to embrace the tool, the weapon, he is becoming.

Larinah has spoken of the theme of Jekyll & Hyde this season for Dean (and I have spoken of Dean being conceptualised as a werewolf also) and these two moments absolutely emphasised that theme of duality to me (dustydreamsanddirtyscars has also highlighted various pointers to this theme of duality). Dean is a creature of two halves, one of light, of Jekyll and humanity, and one of darkness, the Hyde, the wolf. And just as in those classic stories where internal conflict exists within the tortured being, so does there exist such conflict within Dean. Which side of him will win? Notice which hand Dean uses in both gifs: he uses the right hand, the mark-of-Cain hand. This could just be because of Dean being right-handed… but could it also reflect which aspect of himself is the stronger, the one that has dominance over the other? The one that will over-power and consume until the half it currently is becomes the whole?

AWESOME! LOVE the stuff about the left side equating to your inner/true/authentic Self (relates to Cas choosing LEFT in Captives, perhaps?)

Allow me to add about this duality concept - the duality of Jekyll & Hyde is actually not such a cut and dry duality. Because it’s not that Jekyll = humanity/light and Hyde = inhumanity/darkness. Because while Hyde was purely Jekyll’s base instincts, evil desires, etc. Jekyll was BOTH Jekyll’s conscience, his good side, etc. AND his base instincts, evil desires etc.

The identity of Hyde existed separate from Jekyll.

But Jekyll’s identity INCLUDED Hyde.

And so, perhaps, it is with Dean?

If he surrenders to the Mark of Cain, that is him allowing his darker/monstrous side to take control (as with Hyde). But even when not submitting to the Mark, that darker/monstrous side is still part of who he is.

Hence why the Mark of Cain is so tempting a thing for him - it allows him to ESCAPE the duality of his identity, gives him a single purpose and single focus, frees him of the constant inner turmoil of light/human vs. dark/monster and leaves him instead single-minded.

Perhaps this is why the second gif (arguably symbolic of Dean allowing his darker/monstrous side dominance) is, despite being in the dark in contrast to the light of the first, CLEARER, sharper and less blurred - reflecting how the dark, monstrous, animal side of the Self is often easier to comprehend/define?

UGH. But that’s actually amazing though, isn’t it? The way it’s white/light and left to right the first time, then the opposite in everY way in the second being black/dark and right to left - DAMN but that is indeed a PRETTY PRETTY visual. GREAT CATCH!

(Source: mostly10)



ok but gadreel’s face after hearing that he went through all the shit with the winchesters just to be a part of Metatron’s dumb script



if you still tell me he loves Metatron and is not planning to stab that bitch then youre wrong

This^^ I have seen Dean with this expression so many times throughout the years and we know what happened next when he did that. I agree with you 100% as this is what I thought too.

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