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Sarah's Choice by Ithelda Sarah's Choice by Ithelda
An illustration of the choice Sarah makes in the movie "Labyrinth".

(I think I read waaay too much into this movie :D)

The movie is about Sarah's journey from immaturity to maturity, irresponsibility to responsibility. Throughout the movie the fantasy world she is caught in tries to trap her- mirroring her real life, where her fantasy daydreams have consumed her and she's lost in her own little world of selfishness. She's presented with two options: two different Sarahs she can become. If she accepts what Jareth offers her, she accepts the "Masquerade sarah" and becomes truly lost in fantasy forever. Or she could choose to save her brother and take responsibility for her actions, becoming the heroine shown at the beginning of the film ("you have no power over me!!!")

A lot of fans of Labyrinth express disappointment that she rejected Jareth's offer and say she should have stayed with him and been his queen. yadda yadda yeah we all love david bowie.

But that would have ruined the entire movie. she made a mature choice and released herself from her slavery to her imagination and fantasy and her own selfish desires.

So.
That's what this is about. :D

Edit: Wow guys, thanks for all the favs in such a short period of time :love:
I just want to add, I'm a firm supporter of the possibility of a future relationship between Sarah and Jareth. It wouldn't have made sense in the movie; she would have been choosing an adult romance before actually making the choice to become an adult; that's all backwards and wrong. But now that Jareth no longer has power over her... well, she can choose him freely, and I think that she would later on. I mean. Who wouldn't. :heart:
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NightShadow13 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I had to favorite this, not only because it so perfectly encapsulates Sarah's character, but also because your description is so SPOT ON. Yeah, part of us wants Sarah to accept Jareth - part of her does as well. But that's the entire POINT.
Thank you so much for getting it, my love for you is now eternal! <3
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KAMwuzhere Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
it's beautiful!
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luckylucky1love Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
i love this so much :squee: and i totally agree with what you say, Sarah had to make the right decision first to save Toby and for her own person growth to become a REAL hero. beside thats what makes it so much more romantic :rose: she has found her own power and not having her own dreams used to control her. Jareth and Sarah are more on equal terms. :love: xxx
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EXACTTLLYYY :D :D :D it just makes it so much better :)
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cmsully Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is completely awesome, and I'm in your camp about a FUTURE Sarah/Jareth relationship. Fifteen is far too young to say yes to that offer...
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ha that is too true...
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Lotusflower22 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Nice picture. It is true that the Labyrinth was about Sarah growing up. There is a fan fiction that I read that Sarah helps Jareth in his time of need, and while doing so she thanks him for the life lesson that he taught her.
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool :) that sounds fitting
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cmsully Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Are you talking about 'To Serve a King in Need' by Tal J. Smith over on ff.net? (here's the [link] to it)
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Ellie56 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
I LOVE THIS. I love the illustration: her expressions, the shadowing, but most of all I adore her hair. My favorite part of the whole damn thing, though, is definitely how well your analysis of the movie ties in with the work. It's been my favorite film since childhood and I've simply never thought of it that way. Quite frankly, you amaze me.
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