Labyrinth isn’t a film that pretends to tell a completely honest tale, and what Sarah is making up and what is real is not made exceptionally clear.
Most viewers at this point know that Sarah has toys in her room resembling all of the characters and scenery of the fantasy world - the maze resembles a gameboard and the park she was playing pretend in, she’s got stuffed toys like the fire gang and Sir Didymus, a bronze statue that looks like Hoggle, some kind of large doll that looks like Jareth (who furthermore is clearly modeled off her absent mother’s actor boyfriend - their pictures are all over Sarah’s room), and, of course, the print on her wall, the music box (which plays “As the World Falls Down”!), and the plot itself, taken from a play she’s been rehearsing. Yet the story also seems to suggest that it was not a dream - one of the most interesting scenes in the film is when Sarah finds herself in a replica of her own bedroom in the junkyard and thinks that everything she’s just been through is a dream - the fact that it isn’t would seem to suggest that it is not in general.
I’ve always thought very little of “Within You”, but if you take the lyrics at face value - and Jareth seems fairly emotionally invested in them - they imply a strong dependence on Sarah, as does their charged scene at the climax.
A lot of viewers have wondered a lot at Jareth’s dialogue there at the end - certainly somewhere midstory Jareth’s interest in Sarah changes, probably at the point where he gives Hoggle the peach. Prior to this he’d hoped Sarah would give up and wander off, and shows concern when she doesn’t - then all of a sudden he’s trying to distract her with swoony dance numbers? ok. Finally he finishes with a song that suggests he’s fairly distracted himself, a pretty big change from the Jareth of the start of the story (whose main interest is in her baby brother, and views Sarah as a nuisance), then he’s telling her to love him and fear him and he’ll be her slave?
I think it’s pretty safe to say that’s not so much an ardent declaration of love as it is a bald fact - he does have terrifying powers and would fully control Sarah, and his definition of “generous” is certainly pretty full of himself. But he is her slave because his entire world and indeed even this depiction of himself is utterly reliant on her belief - her fantasies and dreams. It’s not that everything is in her head just because it’s taken the shape of her toys and her storybooks. There really is a goblin king and he really did take her brother. But his power has limits, and it was all defined by Sarah’s own imagination. He’s her “slave” because he is dependent on her “expectations” of him. As soon as she realizes this, his spell is broken.
Though there’s a fairly good chance Sarah doesn’t even realize that, which is why it’s not made entirely clear to the audience. To her, that was just the line of the play she could never quite nail before now, just like when she wished her baby brother away, she did it entirely on accident.
…Also, you want further meta, something a little more out on a limb? I’ve got it.
How come at the end Sarah can literally summon the others - all of them - into her bedroom to party with her while Jareth is stuck as an owl, sitting in the window watching them and then flying off all like “fuck this”, if the above is true? If they’re there reliant on Jareth’s powers and his powers are likewise reliant on Sarah’s imagination, and she’s just decided to leave the kid stuff behind?
Well, Jareth did seem to change his mind about Sarah midway through the story, in some way that is never entirely explained.
WELL, THAT CERTAINLY WOULD EXPLAIN IT.
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i love spring bc persephone gets to leave the underworld and be with her mom
One Million Moms is fucking disgusting.
Disclosure (ft. London Grammar) - Help Me Lose My Mind
Jesus was a homeless Palestinian anarchist who held protests at oppressive churches, advocated for universal health care and redistribution of wealth, before being arrested for terrorism, tortured and executed for crimes against the state, now go ahead and explain to me why he’d vote conservative. I’ll wait.