Tales of the Abyss: The Idea of Existence

Tales of the Abyss is a popular installment in the Tales of franchise. It is centered around the main character, Luke Fon Fabre, the son of duke. He is thrown into the midst of adventure when he and Tear Grant have a reaction as a result of 7th fonons, particles that exist within that world. Initially spoiled, selfish, self centered and rude, Luke later finds out that he is the clone of the real Luke Fon Fabre, now known by the name of Asch. After Luke accidentally causes the destruction of a city and his friends abandon him, he decides to change.

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Throughout the second half of the game, Luke begins to question why his friends return to him even though he is only a replica. This sentiment is repeated throughout the rest of the game, bringing up the question: What is existence?

 

There are many different definitions to existing and being alive. One could say happiness means you’re alive or more broadly one could say that feeling emotions means that you are alive. One could also be more analytical towards it, saying that if you are breathing and your heart is beating you are alive. Though, in Tales of the Abyss, Luke would say that the definition of existing would be the culmination of your existence within others. In the game, Luke has many friends that he would do anything for. And they have their own idea of him within their minds. In that, he exists within them.

 

In saying that, existence isn’t only physical. It can transcend to the very depths of our consciousnesses. It wouldn’t matter if you were a replica of a real person or the shell of who you once were. You exist as long as you and everyone around you know that you exist. Luke could have continued to state that he wasn’t real, that he wasn’t a person. But he didn’t. He stopped after realizing that he made himself a person through his own memories, thoughts and emotions. After that, he knew that he existed within himself and within others. He chose to exist.

 

As such, Tales of the Abyss brought forth the theme of identity and existence. It questioned the concept of who someone was. The game finishes Luke and Asch’s story by fusing them together after a final battle. The game implies that they’re both still in there separate but united. This furthers the fact that existence isn’t only skin deep. It transcends it in the metaphysical way, keeping both Asch and Luke alive in the same body. Existence is only what we make of it.

Luke and Asch, fused
Luke and Asch, fused

 

  1 comment for “Tales of the Abyss: The Idea of Existence

  1. James Rives
    April 14, 2015 at 4:36 am

    I feel like playing with the idea of existence is something that can be done well but is touched on by a lot of different games. When I say that, pretty much any Final Fantasy game comes to mind along with something random like Call of Duty: Black Ops (though, to be fair the latter isn’t deep at all). But by saying that, I don’t mean to invalidate the game’s stance on the ideology. If anything, I find it interesting that games like Tales of the Abyss allow for that existence-beyond-existing idea. There’s just something generally positive about knowing that, in game form or real life, even when you lose someone they can still exist somewhere. Granted, not in any physical sense but you get the point. Yay for life after death. Good post!

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