phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (third part)

As mentioned before, revenge is a prominent theme in Metal Gear Solid 5. Kojima believes that revenge leads to an endless cycle of transgression and retaliation. When a person, organization or country is harmed, the motive of revenge is formed and he attacks the wrongdoer in response, due to which the motive of revenge is created in the main wrongdoer and prompts him to retaliate. These events create, as Kaz says, "an unstoppable cycle of bloodshed and violence"; So Big Boss/Kaz and Cypher, the Soviet Union and the United States of America, the Russian military and the Mojahedin, Skull Face and the world, and all the private military forces in the war economy are caught in endless cycles of revenge-driven brutality. This process is an obstacle to Bass's dream of a united world. If we consider that people have a tendency to fight and fighting is naturally divisive, how can unity and unity be achieved?

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Part Three: Venom Snake's Philosophy

A Different Way

As mentioned before, revenge is a prominent theme in Metal Gear Solid 5. Kojima believes that revenge leads to an endless cycle of transgression and retaliation. When a person, organization or country is harmed, the motive of revenge is formed and he attacks the wrongdoer in response, due to which the motive of revenge is created in the main wrongdoer and prompts him to retaliate. These events create, as Kaz says, "an unstoppable cycle of bloodshed and violence"; So Big Boss/Kaz and Cypher, the Soviet Union and the United States of America, the Russian military and the Mojahedin, Skull Face and the world, and all the private military forces in the war economy are caught in endless cycles of revenge-driven brutality. This process is an obstacle to Bass's dream of a united world. If we consider that people have a tendency to fight and fighting is naturally divisive, how can unity and unity be achieved?

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Zero's solution to this problem is to control the cyclical cycle of violence by controlling the framework in which fighting takes place. This solution is initially embodied in the form of a cipher in the form of a secret government in the United States of America, and later it evolves into the control of artificial intelligence over the flow of information and is stabilized with the formation of the war economy in Metal Gear Solid 4.

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"We gain money and soldiers to fight only with Cypher and roll in the bloody soil of the battlefield...just for revenge."

"World There is a call for bloodshed and we respond! Not for a noble purpose! Not for a just cause!"

"We take our rifles in our lost hands. We stand on the missing legs with pride. We walk over the bones of our fallen comrades. Only and only then are we alive. This pain is for us and no one else. The secret weapon we are armed with. out of sight We will be stronger than ever for our peaceSahalanthropus will quench this thirst into the future. These were his final words. Pretentious until the last moment. However it seemed like it was over and I'd never be complete.

Skullface's goal is similar, though with a quicker destructive result. As he describes:

I destroy the English language. By doing this, I will save the world from pollution. Everyone will breathe freely and reclaim their past, present and future. This is not an ethnic massacre. It is a "liberator", to liberate the world from zero. Let the world be as it is. Without an international language, the world will fall apart and then be liberated. Of course, people will suffer, a phantom pain. The world will need a new common language. A language of atomic bombs. My Metal Gears will be the line that will connect all countries in moderation. There will be no need for words. Every person is forced to know his neighbor. People will swallow their pain. They will join their lost hands together and the world will become one. This war is peace."

This reference to George Orwell's 1984 epitomizes the Big Boss philosophy. "Peace" in "War is Peace" is not the absence of violence, but refers to a kind of stability through continuous violence. For Bigg Boss, the times of peace were rare and temporary in nature, which eventually led to the yoke of honorable soldiers by politicians.

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It was the peace between the United States of America and the Soviet Union that motivated the American government to sacrifice Bass in Metal Gear Solid 3. It was this drive for eternal peace (under the threat of nuclear annihilation) that convinced Hot Coldman to use a Pacewalker to drop a nuclear bomb on the Soviet Union. As Liquid Snake says in Metal Gear Solid 1, it's peace that leaves soldiers with nothing to do, no purpose, no direction, no reason to live. War may be bloody and brutal, but it is sustainable. When there is a war, the enemy and the ally are completely different. Soviet soldiers and Mujahideen who fought and were killed during the Afghan war may have had a sad fate, but everyone knew what they were stepping into. The same is true for the African private force and the private armies and militias that clash in Metal Gear Solid 4. These warriors had a purpose. They knew who they were, what they were doing and why they were doing it. Without war they are nothing.

That's why Bigg Boss wants war for war's sake. War-mongering with less lofty goals, such as rapid emotional psycho-polishing, produces only a two-sided need for violence, resulting in an endless cycle of war. Zero understood this idea, and his AIs operate a "war economy" based on this. But while Zero put the soldiers of the world under the blade of endless conflicts to gain control over humanity, Big Boss wanted endless wars for the soldiers (and especially for himself).

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This is the legacy Big Boss left for Venom Snake when he agreed to Big Boss's Phantom Project. Venom was supposed to continue Big Boss's work in building an alien paradise-like organization, fighting off Cypher's global takeover and bringing the world closer to a state of chronic warfare for his soldiers.

But still, Venom Sneak chose a different path.

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Once again to Venom's words in the secret ending Dispose all Consider Nukes (where all online players must destroy their nukes):

I haven't forgotten what you said, boss. We have no tomorrow, but there is still hope for the future. In our struggle to save the present, we push the future further and further back. Will it suffice my life? Probably not. So we have no time to waste. A day will come when the world will no longer need us; To the gun, or to the hand that pulls the trigger. I have to drive out this demon inside me and build a better future. This is what I, this is what we will leave as our legacy. Another mission, huh Boss?

The boss Venom is referring to here is not Big Boss, but Boss himself. This speech is Venom's clearest view of what Boss wants. For Venom, Boss didn't want to unify the world through totalitarian control like Zero, and not like Skullface's tragedy of the commons, or even endless soldier-centric warmongering like Big Boss, but Big Boss wanted to unite the world through peace.

This bolded part in the above sentence is extremely important. Venom is fighting for his isolation. He wants to create a world where heroic men don't need to raise armies outside the borders of organized nations to fight terrifying secret governments and wage endless wars for their own gain. He doesn't want people hoarding Metal Gear and nuclear weapons to survive.

Compare Venom's speech now with Big Boss' speech at the end of Pace Walker:

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"We leave our countries. We leave our homelands behind and become one with the earth. We have no nationality, no philosophy, no ideology. We go wherever we are needed, we fight not for the government but for ourselves. We don't need a reason to fight. We fight because we are needed. We will be a deterrent to those who have no other choice. We are soldiers without borders, and our purpose is shaped by the age in which we live. We sometimes have to sell ourselves and our services. If the times need us, we will become revolutionaries, criminals and terrorists, and yes, we may all be moving towards hell, but what better place for us than here? This is our only home. Our heaven and hell. This is our foreign paradise.

Notice how Big Boss has the same historical consciousness as Venom. Like Venom, Big Boss believes in the existence of a force like Soldiers Without Borders as a product of its time, as fighting (whether in the form of revolution, crime, or terrorism) is a necessary function of survival in the modern world. Both men basically agree on this.

Check out this conversation at the end of Pacewalker:

Kazuhira Miller: Sneak? are you paying attention? Let's go back.
Nicked Snake: I'm not coming back.
Kazuhira Miller: Huh?
Nicked Snake: I'm done.
Kazuhira Miller: Snake doesn't mean that
Nicked Snake: I'm done looking for the truth.
Kazuhira Miller: What are you talking about, Snake?
Nicked Snake: I was wrong.
Kazuhira Miller: Come on boss, everyone's waiting for you.
Nicked Snake: He betrayed me Kaz.
Kazuhira Miller: What did he do?
Nicked Snake: He finally got his gun. He laid downand when he didhe gave up everything in his life as far as work, including me.
Kazuhira Miller: What do you mean?
Nicked Snake: By sacrificing his life he gave up everything he was as a soldier
Kazuhira Miller: And you see that as treason
Nicked Snake: I don't make decisions like him, my future will be different
Kazuhira Miller: So
Nicked Snake: Yeah right From now on call me Big Boss!
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But Venom's struggle has an end point. He sees himself and his role in the world as a temporary necessity of the times (Cold War, Additional Protocol to the NPT, Cipher and etc.) but fights to make the world a peaceful place so that there is no need for other warriors like him. Venom wants to break the endless cycle of violence that seems to have infected every corner of the Metal Gear universe. He wants to see an era where he and the other soldiers can lay down their weapons and there is no need to fight anymore.

In other words, Big Boss fights for the sake of fighting, but Venom Snake fights for peace.

This explains the divergence between the actions and opinions of Big Boss and Venom Snake described throughout this analysis.

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Bigg Boss builds his own private army to start countless wars. Venom builds his own army to fight only Skullface and then the Cypher survivors. Bigg Boss shows himself as a dictator whose judgment is superior to the considerations of all other people and institutions. Venom refuses to legislate or enforce laws and only tries to use its military power in response to threats posed to others. Big Boss acquires Metal Gear and nuclear weapons to shake up the world and create conflict. Venom decides not to use Metal Gear and nuclear weapons to achieve the opposite of Big Boss's goals. Bigg Boss uses child soldiers because chronic military conflict is an acceptable way of life, so why shouldn't children be exposed to warmongering? Venom avoids using child soldiers so they can live in peace away from the battlefield. Big Boss sacrifices his soldiers for his higher goals because war always causes death and destruction, so what difference does it make to sacrifice a few more soldiers? Venom will do whatever it takes to save his soldiers because his ultimate goal is a peaceful world where everyone can live freely, free from the physical and psychological threats of war.

Repentant Cause

Note Venom's unusual pacifist motivation in Metal Gear Solid 5. As explained before, almost all the characters in this game have a motive for revenge, which is thematically connected to the unacceptable cycle of violence. Big Boss, Zero, Skull Face and Kaz are all aware of this phenomenon and actively encourage it in some way. Venom is the only one who has a different philosophical view compared to these characters. However, Kaz's storyline is based on a vengeful character who realizes his mistakes and eventually embraces Venom's peace-oriented philosophy.

Kaz initially represents the clearest example of a tragic revenge storyline in Metal Gear Solid 5. Is. His pain and hatred are clearly felt in all the sequences, especially compared to the lively character he had in Pace Walker. He complains and rages about Cypher, Skullface, and everything he's lost for almost the entire game, even as Venom Snake stands aloof and doesn't seem to have the same feelings as Kaz. Kaz's rage makes him discard any motivation to fight and live except revenge.

Note these two key quotes in the following text:

"We are money and soldiers." We earn only to fight with Cypher and we roll in the bloody soil of the battlefield just for revenge.

The world cries out for bloodshed and we answer! Not for a noble purpose! Not for a just cause!

Here Kaz is the epitome of Bigg Boss philosophy. He is stuck in this endless cycle of violence and his only driving force is a purely emotional drive to cultivate the ego. He doesn't care about justice, helping people, and achieving higher goals through war-mongering. He only seeks to feed the burning hatred burning in his heart. Instead, this philosophy inspires others, both those who follow Kaz and those who have been harmed by people like Kaz, to continue the never-ending cycle of violence. Death causes change. This turning point in this storyline is somewhat under the skin because it doesn't happen in a cutscene or tape, but rather when Venom is sitting in a helicopter between missions. However, this dialogue is considered one of the most important dialogues in the entire game from a character and thematic point of view.

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Boss, I don't know how you do it. I All I could do was think about revenge and accompany my comrades in this way. But with all we've achieved, this phantom pain won't leave me alone. On the contrary, it has gotten worse... but you knew that from the beginning, didn't you? From the moment you opened your eyes in the hospital, you knew that this pain would not go away. You fought through the pain and fought your phantoms all the while knowing that the fight never ends, not until the day you die I respect that belief now, more than ever. I am proud and honored to serve you, Big Boss."

These sentences are another brief and useful description of Venom Snake's personality conflict during Metal Gear Solid 5. Ever since he opened his eyes in the hospital, Venom has been torn between the influences imposed on him by Big Boss and his own personal philosophy. Most of the time, Venom's mind and philosophy seem to win this battle, as a result of which we see Venom behaving and acting in relation to other characters in the story and what we (players) expect from Big Boss. (This was discussed in the second part.)

However, Big Boss was still present in Venom's mind. The motive for revenge, mindless and endless violence has always been there. In the fourth part, I will elaborately explain that this presence is embodied as a demon or devil that Venom sees himself as whenever he commits highly destructive acts because of the situation Big Boss has placed him in. If Venom surrenders to this demon, then he becomes another pawn of Big Boss and continues to build a world fit for the horrific actions of the Outer Heaven. But instead, Venom chooses his own path and makes good achievements in the events of Metal Gear Solid 5.

(Unfortunately, in my opinion, Venom surrenders to Big Boss at the end of the game. More on this in the article. I will.)

For Kaz, this dialogue is a rejection of the Big Boss philosophy that he has believed and acted upon throughout the game. This event occurs not only because Kaz takes revenge on Skullface and realizes that this emotional victory has not taken away his pain (as evidenced by his words when Sahalanthropus arrives at the mother base), but also because Kaz realizes Venom has a similar emotional conflict throughout the story of Metal Gear Solid 5. Of course, it should be kept in mind that Kaz does not know the truth behind Venom's identity, but he does know that Venom is just as driven to revenge as he is, but against its dark charm, Venom decides not to give in to this drive.

It is no coincidence that Kaz's storyline is completed after the events of the mission Shining Lights, Even in Death. This mission and the aftermath revealed the full ramifications of Bigg Boss's philosophy to Kaz in a completely visceral way. Seeing his soldiers brutally and senselessly die by a vocal cord parasite, and then the remaining ones being killed by their commander, was a wake-up call to Kaz about the very real consequences of following the never-ending cycle of violence fueled by emotional pain that Kaz had been chasing throughout the story.

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With all that in mind, it was Venom Snake's heartfelt speech at the end of Shining Lights, Even in Death that made Kaz He realized his mistakes. This moment reflects a thematic similarity to the ending of Pace Walker. Both games end with a significant setback for Big Boss/Venom. In Metal Gear Solid 5, this major failure is the outbreak of the second wave of vocal cord parasites, and in Pace Walker, it is the realization that Paz has been Cypher's agent all along. eats:

"We leave our countries. We leave our homelands behind and become one with the earth. We have no nationality, no philosophy, no ideology. We go wherever we are needed, we fight not for the government but for ourselves. We don't need a reason to fight. We fight because we are needed. We will become a deterrent to those who have no other choice. We are soldiers without borders, and our purpose is shaped by the age in which we live. We sometimes have to sell ourselves and our services. If the times need us, we will become revolutionaries, criminals and terrorists, and yes, we may all be moving towards hell, but what better place for us than here? This is our only home. Our heaven and hell. This is our foreign paradise.

Here Bigg Boss is encouraging his soldiers to embrace the cycle of violence and bloodshed. Kaz seems to fully buy into this philosophy and follows it wholeheartedly in Metal Gear Solid 5, but after Venom Snake suffers a far worse defeat at the end of Metal Gear Solid 5, he's tempted to give in to his turbulent emotions and the violence that comes with it. Revenge resists. Instead we see a dignified funeral where Venom initially decides to release the ashes of the fallen soldiers into the sea because that's the Diamond Dogs tradition, but changes his mind at the last minute. does:

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Venom: I will not scatter your mourning in the heartless sea I will always be with you I will be. Find your roots in me... I will not let your end be ashes. You're all diamonds.
Kaz: We don't bury them at sea? So what do we do?
Venom: We make diamonds from their ashes and take them into battle with us.
Kaz: Shining lights for our comrades even after death.
Venom: We Diamond We are Dogs.

Venom realizes that leaving the ashes in the sea is a symbol of forgetting the achievements of the dead soldiers. In the world envisioned by Big Boss, soldiers are constantly fighting and getting killed without any higher purpose. Leaving the ashes of brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the Diamond Dogs mission in the heartless sea means accepting Big Boss's view of the world. This turns heroes into insignificant ashes in an endless limbo. It scatters in the wind, dissolves in water, and finally becomes nothing.

Instead of rousing his troops with a speech that inspires more destruction, recklessness, and external attacks, Venom focuses inward. He speaks directly to his dead comrades and vows to always remember their achievements and keep their legacy alive by taking their survivors to the battlefield. In death, these diamond dogs become real diamonds, the hardest material on earth, a beautiful material that is immortal and whose essence never fades. These diamonds symbolize Venom's commitment and adherence to his philosophy in contrast to Big Boss' philosophy. He does not want himself or his men to fight and be killed for anything. He wants them to fight for a better cause, to leave a mark on the world. He wants them to matter.

(We can also see Venom's decision not to kill America's Huey as a practical embodiment of his philosophy. The Diamond Dogs, and especially Kaz, want Huey executed in retaliation for the second wave of Parasites. (Saudi directly aligns with Bigg Boss's view of the world as an endless cycle of emotion-driven violence. But Venom intervenes and breaks the cycle, he prefers peace and life to revenge and death.)

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Caz witnessed Big Boss' speech at the end of Pace Walker and Venom Snake's response to the vocal cord parasite outbreak in Metal Gear Solid 5. Big Boss philosophy turned Kaz into the man we see during Metal Gear Solid 5, but Venom's philosophy caused Kaz to doubt. Kaz realized that Venom had a similar motive for revenge, but actively fought against the "Phantom" (devil) and stuck to his own philosophy, which differed from Big Boss. This philosophy seeks to achieve peace instead of endless war. Kaz then saw the true effects of Big Boss' vision in the mission Shining Lights, Even in Death, and then witnessed Venom's response and his commitment to keeping the memory of the fallen alive. He did not seek destruction. This decision made Kaz see the problems of Big Boss's solution and turn to Venom's philosophy.

One of the later effects of this story line can be seen in the conversation after the end credits of the game between Kaz and Aslat (audio file). . Some time after the events of Metal Gear Solid 5, Kaz learns the truth about Venom Snake's true identity. Acelatt explains Big Boss's plan and Kaz's role in it, but instead of accepting his role (as Venom Snake unfortunately does), Kaz declines. He vows to support Phantom and Big Boss's sons against Big Boss so that a worthy commander emerges for the movement.

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Caz never explains his reasons for this decision. Undoubtedly, the deception of Big Boss played an important role in Kaz's alienation that the player should feel a similar feeling towards Big Boss at the end of the game, but Venom's actions in Metal Gear Solid 5 and their effects on Kaz most likely made him the previous role model. Put yourself aside.

The possibility of peace

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Venom Snake is a completely unique character in Metal Gear Solid 5 and maybe even a unique character in the whole series. After all, the Metal Gear series is about war. Almost all the characters are either soldiers or related to the battlefield. The nature of being a soldier and the effects it has on a person is one of the central themes that are discussed in each game of the series. From Liquid Snake's remarks in Metal Gear Solid 1 believing that soldiers learn to like killing to Raiden's emotional destruction in Metal Gear Solid 2. The Metal Gear series takes place on the battlefields, from the point of view of soldiers who don't know much about the world outside of the military and really see war-making as a way of life. In other words, Venom's philosophy in the Metal Gear series is unusual. Many different characters have different goals, but each of these goals is somehow connected to the alternating cycle of violence and brutality that the Metal Gear universe is based on. Characters like Big Boss, Zeer and Skull Face are just that They recognize the natural cycle as a fixed value and try to direct it in the direction they want. In contrast to them, Venom is trying to complete the cycle completely.

This is an incredibly ambitious goal for Venom, even if it is not fully aware of it. With most of the world against Venom, it is easy to see that his goal is nothing more than an unattainable dream. Afghanistan and Africa are still mired in proxy wars. Despite Venom's best efforts to put their problems aside, Eli is constantly fighting Venom. Psycho Mantis is still on the scene and his psychic powers are fueling hatred and hatred more than before. Cypher still exists in another form and spins the wheel.

However, the storyline of Metal Gear Solid 5 also believes that it will be possible to end this cycle. Kaz is one of the Supporters of two fires are a cycle of violence that comes back from their cult. Like him, Kouyt follows a similar storyline. He goes from pure revenge motivation as a result of his interaction with Venom Snake to the complete opposite path.

With the power of Diamond Dogs, Venom manages to stop Skullface's plans, which by Skullface's own admission is a product of the cycle of violence. . Venom also honors the memory of his fallen soldiers instead of scattering them in the "Sea of Heartless" and does not execute Huey Americ. In addition to the aforementioned, the ending of Nuclear Disarmament suggests that there is a possibility of relative world peace or at least postponing the threat of nuclear annihilation.

The only character in the Metal Gear series with a similar philosophy to Venom is Solid Snake. , Otaken and possibly Bass. Solid Snake and Otaken work together in Metal Gear Solid 1 to prevent the proliferation of Metal Gear and thus future global conflicts over them. In the end, they fight the Patriot Sons Liquid Aslat system in Metal Gear Solid 4 and succeed in fulfilling Venom Snake's ultimate mission. They create a world where soldiers are no longer needed, at least not for chronic global wars; Therefore, one takeaway from Metal Gear Solid 5 is that achieving peace is difficult but possible. Venom Snake was in an extremely precarious position where it would have been easier for someone in his position to continue the cycle of violence than to drink water, but he chose another path.

He was not entirely successful in his efforts to achieve peace, but However, he was able to do good things as Big Boss's Phantom, and as Venom Snake waged an (internal, mental) battle against Big Boss, the man sent to kill Big Boss is ultimately the one who carries Venom's legacy. And completes his mission to achieve peace.

Continues

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