Whilst I don't think that is the actual case in-show, especially since Tara would need to be on registers to attend classes and the college would want their money rather than giving her free room and board, I could easily see Tara being a homeless person. Given her family situation, her running away during the night and getting as far from them as she can afford would make sense. It would also explain why they didn't turn up until Season 5 because they had only just tracked her down. Also, imagine how vulnerable she would be as a homeless person in Sunnydale (we know Spike and Dru killed a homeless man on a bench) especially during the episode Hush which is Tara's first appearance.I think a strong case can be made that Tara is a homeless person who loiters around campus, and isn't actually a student.
that was when I started finding her unlikeable.I think a strong case can be made that Tara is a homeless person who loiters around campus, and isn't actually a student. But seriously, Tara is a manic pixie dream girl who exists only for Willow's benefit in 4 & 5, by the time she becomes a likable character in season 6, college is so far off canvas that nobody really cares. So, her academic plans were unknown.
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How so? If your mom has a condition like Huntington's disease, because of the way the gene is inherited, you'll have a 50-50 chance of also getting the disease. So...following this pattern, if Tara's Gran was a witch there's a 50% chance her mother inherited the gene; if her mum was a witch, there's a 50% chance of Tara inheriting it. No? (genuine question).Tara's motivations in college would require me to know what she was like in high school. File not found.
Now, we know that Tara's mother and grandmother were exceptional witches. We also know that the women in Tara's family are descendents of a Demon, and undergo metamorphosis in their twenties, or so it is said. The men in her family perpetuated this lie. The only way for all these to be true, is if her parents were siblings. Which was probably not the intent, but death of the author.
sorry to resurrect and old post, but Tara believed she was part demon and that all the women of the family were part demon. There's no explanation as to why she doesn't think this also happens to the men. All of Mrs MacLay's kids would have the same X chromosome.How so? If your mom has a condition like Huntington's disease, because of the way the gene is inherited, you'll have a 50-50 chance of also getting the disease. So...following this pattern, if Tara's Gran was a witch there's a 50% chance her mother inherited the gene; if her mum was a witch, there's a 50% chance of Tara inheriting it. No? (genuine question).
If there's a possibility of matrilineal or distaff* power, it makes sense the patriarchy would perpetuate a lie that demonises it. I'd want to tie this tangentially to the Shadow Men, the Watcher's Council and also the appearance of the Guardian (a female history is kept secret until the last moment so it can't be appropriated and used against women). There's nothing to say that Tara's brother doesn't also have the condition but it's actively quashed in him because he's male (and it's a female "thing") or he unconsciously quashes it by identifying with the father.
*LOL! BUFFY (Get it Done) "I knew it. It's always the staff". Conveniently, Dawn mentions her Grandmother in this episode: of the Slayer bag - "Smelled weird. Kinda like Grandma's closet, but worse".