A different perspective on the story of Jacob and Esau
I have been reading a lot on the site about the relationship between Jacob and MIB (presumed to be Esau by many theorists) and in fact was actually reading a theory by Maiden_Cooper when I started going off on a bit of a tangent that I thought I would share with you all.
First I would like to give a quick run down of the chronology of Jacob’s story as I think some of the important connections have been missed in previous theories.
Jacob and Esau are the sons of Rebecca and Isaac. Jacob, the second son, resented that Esau was first born and conspired with his mother to fool his aging and blind father in to thinking he was Jacob. Before doing this he tricked Esau in to signing over his rights as firstborn by extracting Esau’s promise to give up his position in return for a feast which he, Jacob, had been preparing.
This achieved, Jacob runs away from the displeasure of Esau and Isaac to his mother’s birthplace and en route dreams of a ladder between heaven and earth. Convinced he has stumbled upon the doorway to heaven, Jacob sanctifies the place and continues on to his mother’s homeland.
Next Jacob meets Rachel and falls in love with her. He cannot afford to marry her however, and his Uncle tricks him in to marrying her older sister, Leah. Jacob is angry but convinces Laban to allow him Rachel’s hand in marriage as well. Jacob goes on to have twelve children with Leah, Rachel and their two maids Zilpah and Bilhah. These twelve children as we know are the father’s of The Twelve Tribes of Israel.
In the end, Jacob’s beloved Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin and Jacob is reconciled with Esau who is appears is the better man all along.
Well I don’t know about you guys but this story is striking in its entirety and I think it might just give us a different perspective on the dealings of Jacob and MIB.
To me, the most interesting aspect of Jacob and Esau’s story is that actually Esau is the wronged brother. Jacob is a trickster who assumes the identity of his brother to fool his father.
In relation to Lost, where does that leave us? Do we now decide that Jacob is bad and MIB is good? Or do we decide that actually Jacob and MIB have swapped identities and taken each other’s roles in life. If Jacob was indeed the good brother why was he imprisoned in his cabin? I put it to you all that MIB/Esau is the good brother who has somehow been imprisoned by his rival.
‘No thanks I’ve already eaten’ ‘ Is this the clearest sign that Jacob and MIB are in fact Jacob and Esau? It refers implicitly to Jacob’s manipulation of Esau in the bible story. I think it is striking that the specific interchange takes place when we first meet the two men. Is it reminding us again that Jacob is a trickster and will stop at nothing to get what he wants?
It is also my feeling that we are perhaps seeing two different Jacob’s in the flashbacks. One is the real Jacob, who has a hand in Nadia’s death, the other is Esau DRESSED AS JACOB who, amongst other things, brings Locke back to life (or so it appears to me anyway!).
I believe the loophole being referred to by Jacob (in his aspect as MIB) is in fact a direct reference to the fact that Jacob has stolen Esau’s identity and his birthright. When we see MIB talking of how he wants to kill Jacob, are we actually seeing Jacob saying he wants to kill MIB? It seems more likely that when we see Jacob being pushed, dead, in to the fire, we are actually seeing Esau/MIB.
As a side note I find it interesting that Jacob (the bible Jacob) suffers infertility with his beloved second wife Rachel. Rachel even dies in childbirth leaving a son named’ BENJAMIN.
Benjamin: ‘What about me?’
Jacob: ‘What about you?’
Surely if he is anything, Ben is very much a product of his father (and here I am not talking about Roger Linus). There is something odd about the relationship between Ben and Jacob which can actually be explained if we consider that the real Jacob is disguised as MIB. Lets face it, this would explain why the man with the outward appearance of Jacob has never revealed himself to Ben. It would also explain why the MIB appearing as Locke holds such antipathy for Ben’
I am interested to hear what others think about this theory. Please don’t hold back if you have any criticisms or spot any glaring errors!