Benjamin Linus Is Good, Just Not Innocent
Stating the obvious perhaps. Here’s the evidence:
When Ben was resurrected he was purged of his innocence, knowing that time and fate is in control of humanity and humanity is NOT in control of time and fate. Ben had to kill his father to become an Other like Locke – he did finally after the purge. He wouldn’t of if he didn’t have to, but I am sure he had little remorse in doing so as he was so abusive. It is also clear that Ben’s girl, Annie had a real relationship with Ben, and Ben truly loved her. She may have died or had to leave – he was still holding the doll in ‘Man behind the Curtain’, we will hear from her again now the Losties are in the Past, up until the Incident ‘1985’. en showed signs of remorse after taking part in the purge, when he closed Horaces’ eyes, an individual he obviously loved. I believe, given the circumstances, Linus is relatively a good Other.
He has lost his innocence and will, like all the Others do what is necessary to protect the Island, which he is loyal to. However the last scene when he closed Horaces’ eyes really did it for me, I do believe Ben has become ‘unconcerned of whom he hurts’ because he understands fate, and that it would not make a difference – and therefore he has lost his innocence, and can never from our perspective be seen as Good. But before he was Good, and he is still Good in a different way. Sure he’s killed people, but they were going to die anyway – that’s the nature of the show – fate. In real life fate for me cannot be percieved therefore I wouldn’t condone violence – but in the show, why not. Ben Is Good – If you knew 1,000,000 lives will be jeaprodised in the long run – would you kill 1,000 to stop it? Ben’s innocent good side still shows, and I hope he reverts back to it at the end of the show and reunites with Annie, because you may aswell be good and innocent if fate needs no accomplice.
In order to join the others properly, Locke had to kill his own Father just like Ben had to. His father did not appreciate Locke at all for himself. It is questionable whether this was his real father as his mother said he was immaculately concieved like Jesus. Anyway, that’s a bit off topic – please see my other theory on Locke.