Really? There's absolutely no way I can answer that question. Do you really think fictional worlds can have a logic that's entirely of their own making? If they did, they'd make no sense (and I mean - literally - NO sense). Spike's statement is subject to the same rules of syntax as mine (and yours) and you could look for the words in any dictionary and they'd mean the same.What the hell do Plato etc. have to do with this? The show isn't written by them. The only thing that matters is the world inside the show. And within the history of said world, Spike's statement is definitive. 'Make me what I was' is therefor limited to said character and said character's own history.
LOL! No need for the ""...it's completely freudian! And sorry to disillusion you but "whatever their scientific status, Freud's theories about the effects of the unconscious on behavior pervade Western culture and the humanities" IDEAS AND TRENDS; How Freud Shaped the 20th-Century Mind I have other obsessions if it helps. The unheimlich for one.Freud has been largely discredited. And your obsession with the Oedipal complex, whether it actually applies to a character or not, is rather 'freudian
I've just been on Google Scholar: Buffy and Plato got 1,410 results. Buffy and Freud 2,720 results. Approx. 500,000 for each on Google. Let's leave it there shall we? It's getting off topic.