You all may or may not have known but for my Senior Project for school, I’m focusing on a story from Sigfried’s and Ferdinand’s childhood. It recently focused on Ferdinand, but thanks to some changes, I’m now shifting the focus to Sigfried and the household he lives in, to give you guys some insight on why he would end up doing what he did.
Here are some outfit designs done up for the two… “main” characters of the film. The protagonist, Sigfried, of course and the antagonist, Sigfried’s father, Armon. Just as some notes, Sigfried was drawn a tad too old here, so ignore that (I’ll fix it later ><) and something I didn’t mention in Armon’s bio below is his eye injury. The wound was received on the battle front. He doesn’t cover it because he doesn’t feel it’s too much of an infliction on is “perfect” appearance, but does get a bit touchy if someone stares at it too much.
And the bios I mentioned earlier for the two, along with some “backdoor” questions we had to answer for class:
- Sigfried Clarke
Sigfried is the youngest child of a family of four, which consists of his father, Armon, his mother, Lilian, and his older sister, Scarlet. He’s of average size for a ten-year-old, in terms of height, but overall, his appearance reflects his weak health. He’s underweight for his age and always looks tired and exhausted, his eyes underlined with dark bags. Sigfried has the same dark brown hair and amber eyes of his father, but obviously not the same intimidating demeanor.
He’s generally found hunched over a desk, his nose shoved into a thick, musty book. He generally comes off as mousy to most, and usually has a shielded posture, his shoulders hunched in his perpetual shame and defeat. Of course, when around his father, he will attempt a more rigid posture and he will try to mimic his father’s coldness when interacting with people. However, Sigfried is a rather timid boy, so his attempts usually fall through and he quickly reverts to his usual feeble tendencies.
His submissive behavior comes from the rather stressful atmosphere of the Clarke household. Sigfried’s family is a very important, powerful line that has had a hand in the country’s military-based government for decades, where many of the Clarke men (and a woman here and there) were leading generals on the council.
When Sigfried was born, he was expected to carry on the family tradition, but the boy was found to have a weak immune system and therefore, very poor physical health. This lead his father to look down on him, viewing the boy as a disappointment in a way, as he felt ashamed his boy was sick and weakly instead of energetic and strong. His father’s coldness would cause Sigfried much grief, as the boy became aware of his father’s indifference towards him at a young age. He tried to find comfort through is mother and older sister, but both of them were somewhat ignorant to the actual situation and didn’t really know how to handle it. Overall, they would never fully understand the importance of all of this to Sigfried, who would continue to yearn for his father’s approval throughout his life. This yearning, of course, started as soon as he learned the nature of his father’s coldness towards him and his health, and as soon as he was able to read and write, he began to study long, hard hours, hoping that would compensate for his weakly demeanor. This would be his lifestyle for years, which is probably one of the few things his father appreciated, as he sought to keep his “blunder” of son out of the public eye, though he was more of a public secret if anything. Many people knew of young Sigfried, but knew better than to talk about him. Sigfried would ignore this fact, however, and still push himself to work hard in the safety of his own home, under the watch of a number of at-home tutors. After a while though, the young boy would become lonely living basically a life of solitude and would start to wish for a friend or at least someone to talk to besides his tutor or usually disinterested sister. He became more interested in the outside world and wanted to explore beyond the walls of the family estate, but knew better than to even ask, as he knew his father wouldn’t agree to it and he knew his place was at his desk, studying. He would later start to challenge this outwardly though, after meeting a local street rat named Ferdinand.
In general, Sigfried is a very reserved young boy, who has a great sense of duty and loyalty, especially to his father who seems to want nothing to do with him. He at least gets his father’s stubborn, headstrong, determined streak, which keeps him chugging through the constant waves of discouragement and negativity. Sigfried is also very knowledgeable and intelligent, thanks to the many years spent studying, however, that’s also the reason why he lacks in the social department and is generally shy when he actually meets new people. He thinks everyone is just as indifferent as his family, so sometimes takes friendliness as being some sort of insult and translates it as a form of teasing. Sigfried is also highly sensitive thanks to his lack of social interaction. He doesn’t think anyone truly understands his situation and believes that he’s really at fault, as he highly agrees with his father’s standards. When faced with opinions that say otherwise, he gets very defensive and exhibits the same hot-headed temper as his father. Sigfried really just wants nothing more than his father’s approval and will do anything he can in order to get it.
Colour: Navy blue – Listed as a colour that can be both claming, yet depressing, navy blue easily reflects Sigfried’s personality, as he’s generally a quiet young man, yet has a rather dreary life. Blue is also said to be a colour of loyalty and intelligence, relating to Sigfried’s loyalty to his father and family line and country, as well as his many years spent studying. Integrity, seriousness, stability and expertise are also listed under blue which parallel Sigfried’s yearning to be like his father, who values perfectionism ad professionalism and more conservative views. Darker blues are also seen as old-fashioned, which can link to Sigfried’s high regard of the family traditions.
Day: Monday – A day usually dreaded for being the beginning of the work week, this day relates to Sigfried on the most obvious grounds. He’s a boy that focuses on nothing but hard work, which is what people usually dread on Mondays. For Sigfried, everyday is a Monday – there’s a long time before a break and yesterday is gone. All he can do is work.
Holiday: Groundhog’s Day – A holiday based on tradition though one that holds very actual little significance in today’s world, Groundhog’s Day relates to Sigfried’s high regard of his family tradition as well as his situation regarding his hard work. Either way on Groundhog’s Day, there’s still going to be six more weeks of winter, no matter what the groundhog sees. In Sigfried’s case, his father’s still going to be disapproving of the young boy, not matter how much work he does.
- General Armon Clarke
The head of a family with strong ties to the country’s military-based government, Armon’s name explains this man in full. Meaning “army man”, Armon holds the ideals and values of his military in very high regards and his position and reputation just as high. He’s a well-built man, deserving of his high-ranking position and is known for his intimidating height and stoic, commanding demeanor. He’s a generally silent man with dark, rusty-brown hair and cold, amber coloured eyes.
As a public figure, he’s usually seen striding around the council buildings in the capital city, dressed in a casual military uniform. He’s a neat, precise man, who follows everything to a T, with a slight obsession for perfection. He’s always seen standing tall with shoulders back and chest out, his chin held up high as he seems to float around with his heavy influence and standing in the city.
However, behind his cold, solid exterior, is a somewhat panicked man inside. He’s a highly superstitious and paranoid person, who fears failure and rejection. Armon’s not known for showing such fears, which explains the nearly impenetrable wall of apparent wrath, but these fears drive most of his actions. He doesn’t want to be the one that will cause the downfall of the prominent family name and being somewhat of a history buff, is aware of such power struggles and collapses. These anxieties towards failure explains some of his actions towards his own son regarding the family integrity.
Armon came from a just as stressful household as the one he imposes on his own family, though he came from a family of five and was the oldest of three brothers. An immense amount of pressure was put on a young Armon to be the next family General, and by extension in his mind, the best, over his brothers. Failure meant that one of the other two would take over, which would mean Armon wasn’t perfect and second-rate. All three brothers would give their life to the service, but only one could hold the spot of General held by the Clarke family for generations. Armon feared greatly that he would actually fail and developed an anxiety about it, thinking about it nearly all the time. The previous Clarke household was much more open to feelings than the one Armon would run himself, but he viewed his own anxieties as weaknesses and refused to talk about them. He was known for keeping his emotions to himself and developed a rather cold and serious personality, even towards his own family. His anxieties lead him to view his brothers as nothing but obstacles and rivals, as well as people he might have to get rid of in order to get what he wanted and, at least in his mind, deserved. These feelings grew so out of control, that everything turned into a competition. He would eventually be promoted to General after his impressive, loyal service to the military, proving his worth through his tactical planning during the long period of border disputes as well as a handful of undercover missions he was able to complete with ease. It was after this point he sought to have a son that he would raise to follow in his footsteps, as the many generations of Clarkes before them had. He however, would find a great deal of disappointment in his son, who turned out to be a rather weak, sickly boy that did not match Armon’s description of an “ideal” son.
Armon has a very high sense of perfectionism and is very much a conservative, traditionalist who wants nothing more than to follow the rules and his family traditions. He believes highly in the established social order. He has a very high opinion of himself, believing himself to be the chosen one out of his three brothers and only wishes to pass the legacy on to his own son. Thanks to his high standards, he looks down on other people. He especially looks down to the people living on the streets, though funnily enough, takes enough time to visit psychics and gypsies in order to soothe his paranoid anxieties.
His coldness doesn’t permeate his entire being, however, and he seems to show some warmth, but only a little, to his wife and daughter, though usually only in the privacy of his own home. These moments are rare and inbetween, but enough to keep the two of them tolerable and maybe even purposely ignorant of his treatment of his son. Despite his cold, Armon does have some manners and does act accordingly in social situations, especially how brow ones, as he knows how they affect both his and his family’s image. All he seeks to do is to protect the family honor and legacy.
Colour: Crimson red – Red is listed as colour relaed to energy, war, strength, power and determination, as well as a colour of courage. Dark red is linked to willpower, leadership and wrath. All of these qualities easily relate to Armon, thanks to ties to the military and the government and they are qualities that Armon values greatly. They also relate to his striving to be the best in his family over his younger brothers and his quest to prove himself worthy of the family title. It can also reflect his family’s rather noble status, as well as the blood Armon’s willing to spill to get what he wants, be it friend, foe, or family.
Day: Tuesday – Tuesday is considered the day dedicated to the Greek god of war, Mars, as well as the Norse god of war and law, Tyr, whose name the day was taken from. This again obviously relates to Armon’s strong ties to the military and therefor war, as well as the military’s ties to the government.
Holiday: Memorial Day – Being a day of mourning and remembrance to those lost in the line of duty, again the obvious military relations link this day to Armon. This day is a day where people look back at the conflicts that brought the country to its current state. For Armon, he’s constantly looking back at the sacrifices and hard work done by his family, as well as the military as a whole. It’s also a reminder of what could be lost if these people hadn’t sacrificed what they had for their country – for Armon, it’s a reminder of what he could lose for both himself and his family if he doesn’t perform properly and perfectly in his position.