In a selfish outburst, Sarah wishes that goblins would take away her baby brother, only to be horrified a few moments later when Jareth appears to grant her wish. Though she immediately regrets her request, the goblin king refuses to return the baby because 'what's said is said.' Sadly, we cannot instantly recall our words when we do something hurtful or otherwise regrettable. To restore relationships and improve ourselves, a difficult journey into the Labyrinth becomes necessary.
Jareth offers a tempting reprieve from the mundane, but his promises are illusions. Jareth gaslight Sarah by claiming everything he does is for her and complaining that he is exhausted from keeping up with all her expectations. Whether or not he truly motivated by "love," Jareth's extreme and manipulative behavior are not acceptable or healthy. His pleas are a textbook example of emotional abuse: "Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I'll be your slave"
Sarah escapes from the abuse when she refuses to play Jareth's games any longer. Like her, we should not allow ourselves to accept the status quo of emotionally abusive relationships in familial, romantic, or professional settings. Even if your voice quivers, within you is the power to walk away and declare, "You have no power here."
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