- Jul 29, 2016
He had his whole "Can't be a monster, can't be a man" line. I don't remember the whole quote but the way I interpret that was he couldn't be a man because he was a vampire and had no soul and therefore wasn't "human" enough but he couldn't give into to his vampiric nature and be a monster either because of the chip. Spike felt he was caught between the two worlds but couldn't belong to either. He was too monster to be a man and too man to be a monster. As for the "bitch is gonna see a change" line, Spike was worked up and agitated which is why the line came across as it did.Where was it said that Spike can't be a man because he has no soul? Where was it mentioned in all his ramblings when he wasn't talking about the chip? Besides if he went there to get a soul, for Buffy as he insists in S7, why did he sound so vengeful when he said 'bitch is gonna see a change'?
I think things like that do need to be stated more plainly rather than left open to interpretation. Because it was left open to interpretation, neither of us are wrong in how we interpret that line. The whole Buffy/Faith attraction idea was based on subtext, eg the chemistry between the two characters, but it never became an actual thing on the show so that's been left open to interpretation.I don't need things to be plainly stated to understand. It's called subtext for a reason.
The scene might have been a metaphor for rape but that was never Spike's intention. The character didn't go there to rape Willow, he went there to kill and possibly turn Willow.You know what a metaphor is right? The scene was a metaphor for a college rape (since vampire biting is sometimes associated with sex) where eventually the attacker can't perform. Even if I leave that scene aside why are you ignoring 'Lover's Walk' where the rape implications were made clear by Spike. When you are holding a woman hostage, start stroking her hair and tell her it's been a while since you had a woman...well even an idiot would get the meaning.
The "Lovers Walk" scene was more a drunken pass than an implication of rape. Willow said stop and Spike stopped.
You're right on this point in the general sense that there isn't anything holding a vampire back but not every vampire is the same. That's like saying why doesn't every vampire take their time to torture their villains like Angelus or why don't all vampires just kill their victims quickly unlike Angelus who took his time? You can't lump every individual into one group just because they have something in common.Quite frankly I don't see why there would be a vampire who doesn't rape. What would hold them back? They don't have a soul so they have no conscience which is what would hold back most humans from ever committing such a crime. If they want something they take it. Barring consequences that would get them killed there is nothing holding them back.