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The Hidden Meaning Behind “Jibaro”

The Hidden Meaning Behind “Jibaro”

Jibaro is an episode from the series Love, Death, + Robots that took social media by storm. This episode from the highly acclaimed series featured stunning animation. A creative story pace matched with a suspenseful soundtrack. I found the episode so captivating that I made sure to unlock its hidden meanings.

What does Jibaro actually mean?

Jibaro is actually a group of people, usually a laborer, that inhabitants a place in rural Puerto Rico. The historical background and history are actually what inspired the aesthetics of the “siren” in the episode. The character is a personification of a mythical creature that exists in most Hispanic folklore about a beautiful woman who lures men into their deaths with her songs.

An allegory about toxic attractions

The deaf soldier was only ever attracted to the siren because he was interested in her gold and jewels. The siren, on the other hand, was only attracted to the soldier because she can’t kill him.

These seem like weird reasons to like someone.

The fast-paced love affair between the soldier and the siren reveals not only the harms of toxic relationships. Rather, it also explains why they are addictive. Toxic relationships make us “feel” as though we are special just because we are hurting.

Colonial thematic references

After watching the episode multiple times, I noticed colonial themes that emerged in Jibaro. The colonial thematic references emerged through the siren’s motivation behind killing the soldiers. She killed them because they were invading her space, her territory.

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They were colonizing her land for its gold and riches, leaving her naked and wounded in her own land.

That sounds too familiar.

You can watch Jibaro from the series Love, Death, + Robots on Netflix!

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