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Nebraska vs. Vash’s Motivations
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So I got to this part in Chapter 3 where Nebraska is berating Vash for daring to try and save people in the middle of a fight….
But Nebraska’s logic here is terrible.
Sure, maybe Vash did kill someone, or maybe he didn’t. But why does it matter? Why would his past actions (or the consequences of them) by necessity stop him from wanting to do something different in the future? How would that even make him a hypocrite?
Wanting to change or do something different doesn’t necessarily make you a hypocrite; sometimes, it’s a sign of growth. It’s only truly hypocrisy if his actions are actually at odds with each other. But at this point in the story, we don’t have a good idea of how long it’s been since July or if he’s even responsible for it. Not only that, but we’ve been both told and shown that Vash is a pacifist… twice. If he wanted anyone who’s been after him in the previous chapters dead, chances are they’d be dead (even if it cost him X number of slices of pizza toast). He’s definitely skilled enough for that.
So the questions at this point are:
- What is keeping him from killing?
- Why is he so dedicated to pacifism/keeping others alive?
- Assuming that taking a life/lives is what led to the bounty on his head, what are the conditions that would flip that switch from “staunch pacifism” to “murderer”?
And perhaps it’s worth noting that, in the previous chapter, even though he does threaten the waitress, he only suggests he might shoot her, not that he’s going to kill her… and he looks none too happy about even that possibility.