The Villain of Edith Finch

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jokezm
jokezm

It's kind of horrifying how the entire Finch family is borderline suicidal. Like a soldier who seeks a glorious death, they take their death as some sort of badge of honor.

Vor 2 years
BRICK 101
BRICK 101

Walter's line "Even a monster on the other side of the door starts to feel normal" is revealing because Walter is separated from the train by a wall, but he is separated from Edie by a door.

Ariane
Ariane

I know I'm super late to the party but there is one thing I noticed just recently about the house, it's that the garden and the forest have foxglove everywhere

crumbly airship
crumbly airship

about Calvin's death: on most swings, especially ones for children, you can't swing all the way around like that. there's a point where the swing stops you from doing that. so that means that whoever made the swing did a horrible job and it was dangerous for a child to be on it in the first place

Vor year
ABalloonInNeed
ABalloonInNeed

I love that Dawn, for all her contentious relationship with her mother, still named her daughter Edith after her. Really adds to the game showing how hard generational trauma is to escape even if you recognize it.

Green is the Devil's color
Green is the Devil's color

I think it's also very telling that Edith decided to put a book as the decoration to her tombstone. Every grave has a sculpture of something that characterizes each of the respective Finches buried there, usually their passion: Sven had a saw for woodworking, Calvin a moon and a rocket for his love of space, Molly a cat for her kitty ears and her fantastical transformation, etc...

Vor year
maiiau
maiiau

Regarding Edie's death and her door, I assumed she intentionally killed herself rather than leave the house, and that she spent that last night drilling the peephole, putting her name on the door, and sealing it up so her room would match all the others. It would make complete sense for someone like Edie to already have her own fancy door decorations ready for her own death.

Vor 3 years
Sam Williams
Sam Williams

I'm sorry, as someone with Maladaptive Daydream Disorder, Lewis's bit with the daydream was waaaaay too realistic. It stuck a bit too close to home and when I played it, I cried a little bit, not gonna lie.

Vor year
Carys Bebard
Carys Bebard

Another thing pointing to Edie being responsible for Molly's death in particular is that Molly as the cat and bird highlights that she's chasing and eating a "mummy bird" then just a "rabbit" and THEN a "mummy rabbit". I think this demonstrates that Molly had picked up on a lack of care from Edie, and maybe felt like she was being a burden to her family in some way. Her being a "monster" - through behaving badly like young kids do - leads to her upsetting her mother and getting locked in her room, leading to her own death. Molly doesn't blame the curse in her dying writings, she blames herself :(

PerseusClips
PerseusClips

From my experience, food poisoning often feels like a deep hunger at first, so Molly's dream makes sense to me.

Vor year
Juan Naym
Juan Naym

Honestly as depressing Gregory's and Lewis' deaths were, I can't help but think that Walter's death might've been the most cruel one

abracadaverous
abracadaverous

Walter didn't just go underground because of witnessing Barbara's murder. That dragon slide Sven died making was supposed to be Walter's 13th birthday gift, several years after Barbara's death. After that was when he went underground.

Vor year
SkyDrawz
SkyDrawz

Another weird detail about Edie: she had the pictures of Sam's death PRINTED. I went through the game and after the photo death scene you can see that there's an order form right above the pictures, meaning that someone had to go to a place to get them printed out. And by then the only adult left was Edie, so it had to be her. Really creepy..

Vor 2 years
NezuMisty
NezuMisty

The thing about Edie keeping death reminders of the family and things that were even disrespectful to the dead is one of the most clear signs of her obssession to me.

Cinderheart meow
Cinderheart meow

It’s been a few years but I i’d like to point out that molly actually ate holly berries, not mistletoe. Correct me if i’m wrong. I might be mistaken on this.

Jammie Dodger
Jammie Dodger

It was suggested on another vid that Milton died within the walls of the house, either being trapped when things were sealed up (not sure how the timeline works with that one) or just getting into an accident in one of it's many secret, sometimes unfinished passageways. His drawings are all over the secret passages, so he used them frequently. In his flipbook, he is shown creating his own passage and disapearing into it forever. There's the line "Whatever Milton found in the house, mom didn't want it to get out", so it's not like he disappeared into the wilderness. In Wilson's room, Edith says "none of us make it very far" and earlier she says that she felt like the house had 'swallowed' him whole.

Vor year
Sofia Mansour-Tehrani
Sofia Mansour-Tehrani

Edie’s shrines are definitely to the family members’ deaths, not them themselves and their lives. Like, Barbara is immortalized forever with her crutch, inspiring Edith to add to her own drawing of her in the journal, and it’s what Walter keeps to remember her by in the bunker; through the glorification of her death, it’s turned into this iconic item. But that wasn’t her crutch! It was her boyfriend’s! She only held it once that we know of when she was defending herself from whoever her attacker was in reality. It wasn’t important to her at all in life, but it was part of her death. So it’s one of the key things that represents her.

Carmi Rhodes
Carmi Rhodes

I just thought of something, Sam is the only character who writes twice about other members of the family, Calvin and Gregory, the way he talks about both of their death tells you a lot about how this romantisation of the curse affected him mentally. He tells us in his letter for Calvin that he finally managed to fly, in the way a child would to comprehend death but the way Edie justificies it all in the curse, and not on the fact that her own son plunged to his death because of neglect, prevents Sam from comprehending death as anything but glorious and mystical. So when he son dies he doesn't tells it for what it is, the horrific death of drowning baby, but as something beautiful to some degree, he tells his wife that Gregory was happy after all. I feel like it's a given but I don't think anyone would rationalize it that way, anyone but someone that has always understood death as being the accomplishment of their family legacy essentially.

Vor year
Cuba Blue
Cuba Blue

I think the death of Molly was key here. An important detail you missed, Molly states in her diary she would not be around much longer - she was already sick with something serious (at the time in children) probably Scarlet Fever that can cause the rash you visibly see on her arms & hands. She then ate the toothpaste/holly berries which exacerbated her weak condition. She died in her sleep after writing in the journal, her imagination fuelled by the toys & pictures in her room. The references to choking & hunger sadly reflecting what she was feeling as she wrote.

Vor 2 years
guzkus1
guzkus1

The mistake about Edie and Lewis' rooms being sealed can be explained as Edie spending her last few moments turning both of their rooms into shrines, just like the other rooms.

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