Would you have chosen Jareth?
• United States
3 Jul 08
technically speaking: Jareth never specifically stated that if she stayed, the child would be released. "You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth before your baby brother becomes one of us... forever. Such a pity." He only agrees to release Toby if she solves the labyrinth in time. "I ask for so little. Just let me rule you, and you can have everything that you want." "Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your slave." While he never says he would release the baby if she let's him "rule her", I'd think that would fall under the topic of having everything she wants... I've never read the original book, so I don't know if this was made clearer there... but I was always of the opinion that he took the child hoping she would come after it. Problem is, he didn't expect her to solve the labyrinth in time. I always thought he expected her to fail and would than use the baby as leverage to keep her with him. The crystal he offered her at the beginning always seemed to be sort of a plan B in case she doesn't go after Toby. If she had accepted the crystal, it would leave him a hold on her. Either he could use the crystal itself to control her, or it would be like a temptation, something like "you think THAT'S good.. that's nothing compare to what will be yours if you acccept my rule."
3 Jul 08
I think he always thought she would fail and didn't anticipate anyone would help her because he thought everyone feared him so much. I've never read the book either I've seen the graphic novel which is supposed to be sequel, in it he gets Toby as a teenager and Sarah has to come and save him again.
16 Jan 08
i thought that when I heard the speech he gives at the end of The film recently, offering her all her dreams if she obeys him. I'd definitely have chosen Jareth! I don't think she had the option to send Toby home if she stayed that was the choice, she had to get her brother back.
3 Jul 08
I think also if you analyse it it's a bit freudian and her dreams about Jareth and the fantasy world from the book she reads represent her childhood, and when she says "you have no power over me' is the moment she becomes an adult. As before then she behaved childishly (being a brat when asked to babysit and always saying "it's not fair"etc) and couldn't remember the line.
• Abernathy, Texas
8 Oct 09
Yes, but I like to get lost in movies, not analyze them... :) I have lotsov friends who do that though. I know what the choice was - but during the song in the stair scene he sang that if she would be his slave - he would be hers - pretty much, my daydreams had him relenting - after all he just wanted her. He took the baby because he thought that's what she wanted. Its true though, if you really analyze its about her passage from childhood to adulthood. But since I like to become a child again and let myself get caught up in movies - 'specially when I first saw it...I like to open up the what ifs.
• United States
2 Jul 08
I would certainly have chosen Jareth. I'm sure she could have eventually made him think it was his idea to send the baby home. Oh and the bit about "forget about the baby" was if she wanted the crystal that would show her her dreams.
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
14 Jan 08
*laughs* I would of course have chosen Jareth as well. I've always assumed that after the movie at some future date she winds up going back to him. :P Of course the option he offered her there was "forget about the baby", not have him sent home, so I'm not sure how she would have gotten him to do that. It might have taken quite some convincing.