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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 Jul 27, 2014
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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Ithelda Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha thank you! :D
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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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Ithelda Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much :love:
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LadyZimaMythos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student General Artist
I have to say, I do agree with you. It gets really tiresome seeing all these fangirls rant about how stupid Sarah was for not choosing Jareth over Toby. But really, the whole point of the movie was that Sarah was becoming mature and realizing what was really important. I think she made the better choice in the end.

And I do think I'd rather have a mature Sarah exploring a real relationship with Jareth after the whole ordeal, as opposed to a childish Sarah just going with him because he's the man of her fantasies.
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you agree!!
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LadyZimaMythos Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehe...yeah. I like to analyze the crap out of the stuff I watch, and Labyrinth is chock full of things to analyze. Of course, the behavior of said fangirls is also something I've pondered upon as a result... ^^;
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Figarro-Luv Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You think you read too much into this movie??? PLEASE! I read sooo much into it that I found a way to smash it together with Alice in Wonderland.... Go on, read it... its on my page..... Really, hon lol You are just as bad as us all! WELCOME TO FANDOM! hehehehehe :iconheheplz:
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha. I am proud of my gross ability to overanalyze...
(sorry for being really bad at replying to things in a timely manner...wow)
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RenegadeDangereuse Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
I love the concept behind the art. You captured each side of Sarah perfectly.
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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KonekoTsukino Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
This is lovely!
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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KonekoTsukino Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
You're welcome!
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Shahrezad1 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Brilliantly done, and I love the line work in this as well as the expressions. I'm very, very impressed, particularly with the crosshatching for the shadows!
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :heart:
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Shahrezad1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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Lady-Purnima Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
......You make an excellent point.
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)
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esmeralda000 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Thank you!! Thank you so much for your art!! :worship:
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Beautiful. And I totally agree with you. Though, in her situation, I would have been hard pressed to make the choice she did (not just for Bowie -- even just the 'give up annoying baby, get dreams' part of it...that's a sweet offer, from the perspective of a fed-up teen) and what makes the character so strong is that she DOES turn down superficial pleasure for responsibility. Wonderful work.
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Glad you agree. Yeah, it wasn't just Jareth she was turning down, it was a whole world of having your dreams fulfilled. (Though he did sort of symbolize everything he was offering to her all in one.) So it just shows you how courageous she really was :D
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Alomoria Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Awww...i think it's poetic how you explained this.^^ And i dun think you read way too much into it. That was pretty much the main plot of Sarah's character.:D:la:
And i agree about the Sarah/Jareth thing. She was kinda too young to begin with,and needed to make the choice herself. But of course they should get together later on.......^^:heart:
As for the picture itself.It is amazing,like something in a classic story book.I loves it.
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D glad you like it!
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Shirekat Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all - I LOVE this - such a great representation of it.

And, secondly, no, you're not reading too much into it! Terry Jones says that that was exactly his intention! You got it exactly right!

I love the concept, and your execution.
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Lol, my family always accuses me of reading way too much into labyrinth. I mean, I may or may not have a notebook I've filled with analyses on the themes and characters in the movie *cough* so they're probably right :D

I'm glad you like it! :love:
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Shirekat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Terry Jones would be proud. :hug:

Incidentally, have you seen his original script?
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read it once, i think... maybe... somewhere... online... I don't really remember it though. :/
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Shirekat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's basically the contact I've had with it as well... :XD: It might confirm some of your theories, though... =)
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FangsAndNeedles Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student General Artist
A lovely picture, your style works well with the idea :)
and I totally agree with you on Sarah making the correct choice. I especially like the
knowledge that she didn't have to give up her fantasies entirely as all the creatures
suddenly appear for the party in her bedroom at the end, lol, but she did still mature
throughout the film. Gives a nice thought to fans that no matter how old you get there
is always room for a little magic ;)
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
I liked that too; that being an adult didn't mean you can't dream or enjoy fantasy. It just means being responsible enough to put real life first. You can still enjoy the things you love. :D
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FangsAndNeedles Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student General Artist
:nod: :highfive:
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LadyofFellan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love this!! And you're not the only one who reads waaay too much into this movie...I shouldn't be allowed to talk about it sometimes, but it makes great comparisons for lit classes; I can't help myself (thankfully, the professor joined in on my Labyrinth tangent so I didn't feel too crazy)!

Maybe the fact that she left was one of the reasons the movie flopped in the box office initially...people didn't have time to let it sink in and were majorly disappointed by her rejection of Bowie ;)
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha I'm glad I'm not alone! I just find so many fascinating themes and details in Labyrinth that most people I know don't see, lol!

Haha, that could true. The first time I watched it was I definitely a little disappointed. :D
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LadyofFellan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Labyrinth is a treasure trove of themes and comparisons, etc! I lurve it. Might I suggest you read The King of Elfland's Daughter? It makes me think of Labyrinth, and I think someone else who enjoys analysing Labyrinth might enjoy reading it too :)
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, I'll definitely look into it! I've been on a kick of reading novels about fae folk and old fantasy type themes ... looks great :D
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Love this! The way I see it is that she had to leave, she was needed in her world, and she needed him to leave her to grow up. I of course as many do believe after years pass he returns for her, and she as an adult decides to be his of her own free will.
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Yes, I totally agree. I think they'd be great together, after a little time passed of course. :D
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
you're welcome!

I certainly think so. It may have seemed like she did not love him but just maybe she did!
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And even if she didn't at the time.... they'd still be really good together :)
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
heck yes! And of course once she grows up they get together.
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LadyWithoutAName Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I so agree! I usually shut my mouth when people are disappointed about how she reject him in the end but that offer he gave her was not a selfless one. It was a trap, nothing more, and I agree with her decision to reject him. But I'm also a fan of a future relationship between them :]
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