So I know in class we all kinda seemed to agree that in Victory Lap, Kyle was an over-controlled but good kid who knew the right thing to do and Alison was a bit of an airhead. By that I mean she lived in a world in her head where things like this happened:
She’s a very passive and innocent character, while Kyle runs around like a
However, I was thinking about Kyle and how he reacted the way he did and the emotional process we “see” him going through to get there. The process here being that his logically thinking brain shut down and his feet flew him to Alison’s rescue. We see his parents’ rules and voices being presented as things that are internally hindering him from “making the right call” or whatever you want to call it. But what if it was that complete and utter repression of all his emotions and anger (thanks mom and dad), that led to such a proactive and violent outburst from him?
He wasn’t thinking or using his brain when he ran out to save Alison. It was just a complete emotional and physical reaction, it was him snapping. He almost snapped a little too far, as we’re led to believe by the fact that it was only Alison screaming at him that kept him from killing. I wonder if his parents had been more relaxed he wouldn’t have responded like that at all, maybe he would have just called 911 and written down the license plate of the car. What do you guys think? This is supposed to be less of a “what if” question and more of a, “maybe this thing that kinda seemed like it was stopping him was actually what made him do it in the first place” kind of question. Kyle’s Repression = Alison’s Rescue?