The highly successful visual novel game Doki Doki Literature Club!, developed by team Salvato, is known for its rich dialogue and eccentric story. However, it’s also known as the game that made reading poems very enjoyable. We’ve decided to look deeper into the meaning behind each poem made by the characters Sayori, Yuri, Natsuki and Monika (Just Monika!) in order to understand their characters more deeply and to discover truths about the life they might be trying to teach us.
Ghost Under The Light
“The tendrils of my hair illuminate beneath the amber glow.
It must be this one.
The last remaining streetlight to have withstood the test of time.
The last yet to be replaced by the sickening blue-green of the future.
I bathe. Calm; breathing air of the present but living in the past.
The light flickers.
I flicker back. “”
Analysis of Yuri’s Poem
It seems like the poem was conceived of during Yuri’s trip back to school, presumably at night. It is unclear if in fact there was only one street light operating on the street she was on, or if it’s simply a metaphor. Either way, the last street light “yet to be replaced by the sickening blue-green of the future,” might refer to the main character representing a “flicker” of hope, someone who might understand and accept Yuri’s dark side. The blue-green represents Sayori’s blue eyes and Monika’s green eyes.
There are 2 reasons why Yuri might find their eyes sickening. The first is because she views them as competitors who are also seeking the main character’s attention. However, she doesn’t mention pink (or Natsuki’s eyes), which is odd since Natsuki is also competing for the main character’s attention. The second reason is that Yuri might have a problem with Sayori and Monika’s personalities.
Monika and Sayori are both cheerful and seemingly outgoing personalities and since those qualities are direct opposites of Yuri’s introverted and darker character, she could see them as ‘natural’ enemies that can never understand her.
It’s also possible that she is jealous of their apparent happiness and joyful nature that naturally draws people closer to them. This relates to the despair Yuri feels in the poem, feeling like it’s inevitable that the flicker of hope will be ‘tainted’ by people that are ‘blue-green'(like Sayori and Monika).
People in the past (including love interests and potential friends) might have been taken away from Yuri by ‘happier’ people. “Breathing air of the present but living in the past,” can be seen as Yuri recognizing that she is comparing her current situation with past experiences.
The driving force of this poem is the feeling of being neglected for what we display outwardly versus our actual character, making Yuri a very relatable character. She could also be an archetypal representation of a repressed individual, forced to hide their true nature and thoughts in the shadows, revealing them only to those they deem worthy (in Yuri’s case, the main character).
This poem is incomplete, it’s, in fact, the first half of a poem that Yuri later shares in a later act. The reason why it’s incomplete is probably that it serves to ‘tests the waters’, making sure it is safe to share more of her thoughts after seeing the main character’s reaction, revealing that Yuri is careful about who she shares her true thoughts with.
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