Tamino Takes Advice From Twelve Year Olds.
On his search to find Pamina, Tamino runs into a few boys and asks them how he should find Pamina or where she could be, assuming that they would even know who she is. A few notes about this: using the historical knowledge of the time period, Tamino was probably only a bit older then 17, so that would put the boys at about 12. So here the 17-year old Tamino is, asking advice from these three 12-year-old boys. To put that in perspective, that would be like me, at 16, taking life changing advice from my 11-year-old brother. Never!!! Also, why aren’t the boys in school or working? Maybe they’re off to find serpents or dragons too. Anyway, even more interesting is what the three boys say to Tamino. They tell him to, in a phrase, “Be a man.” Being barely teenagers themselves, I find this scene somewhat reminiscent of a juvenile masculinity contest, almost as if the boys were daring Tamino to go into the temple of the high priest Sarastro that was just under a mile away. However, looking at the positive side of their advice, telling Tamino to be patient, unwavering, and discreet, it appears that they have a much larger vocabulary than normal 12-year-olds have. I know I had no clue what the word ‘discreet’ meant at twelve. So in summary, Tamino takes advice from a group of 12-year-old geniuses that apparently roam around Sarastro’s temple, daring people to enter and are more than happy to give oracle-like advice. Makes perfect sense.
- Point One:
Tamino Casually Fights A Random Dragon
- Point Two:
Hey Diddle Diddle, A Cat and a Fiddle, A Queen of the Night Jumped Over the Moon
- Point Three:
Love at First Sight… or Love At First Photoshop?
- Point Four:
Tamino Takes Advice From Twelve Year Olds
- Point Five:
Love at First Sight… I Guess?
- Point Six:
Tests and Queens and Confusion, Oh My!
- Point Seven:
Random Things/People Showing Up Out Of Nowhere Cliché… Again
- Point Eight:
Lightning. Just Lightning.