James is filled with grief over the death of his late
wife, Mary, from an illness. Yet after receiving a letter from
her beckoning him to Silent Hill, he travels there without a
thought. Once he has arrived in Silent Hill he begins to notice
things are definitely not as they should be. Through many
confrontations and through much searching he comes to
realize that he himself had killed Mary before she was able to
die of her disease. The knowledge of this had been hidden deep
down inside him the whole time, yet it was slowly brought to the
surface due to Silent Hill.
Unknowing at first, Maria thinks
that she is just like any other person trying to find their way
through Silent Hill. But as she soon discovers she has a greater
purpose. She was created by the town just like any other monster
to punish James for what he has done. Maria
was created in the image of Mary, but as James would have liked
her: sexy, outgoing, seductive, caring, etc. Her sole purpose is
to remind James of his horrible act of murdering Mary. She must
become close to him in order for him to feel for her and then
just as they begin to accomplish something she is brutally
murdered right before his eyes. This slowly allows James to
realize what he has done.
meets James for the first time at Rosewater Park; oddly
enough the place he'd been looking for Mary. She immediately
becomes infatuated with James and wants him to constantly be by
her side. She uses her body and the fact that she looks like
Mary to persuade him into wanting her. Maria
finds a comfort in James that she can't find anywhere
Laura; Although she never meets
Laura she seems genuinely concerned about her. She feels a
connection for Laura and wishes to find and help her, like Mary
Ernest; He is the first person she
meets when she wakes up. He refuses the idea of working together
and wishes to be by himself. Maria attempts
to persuade him so that she won't be alone, but she fails. In
the end he reveals to her her true fate and she leaves him
Something you may have noticed throughout the course of the game
is that there are butterflies strewn everywhere. One of the most
noticeable butterflies is Maria's
tattoo. So it looks pretty, right? Well there's actually a
deeper meaning to them. Here I will try and explain this.
There is a Native American legend that says, "If you
have a secret wish, capture a butterfly and whisper your wish to
it. Since butterflies cannot speak, your secret is ever safe in
their keeping. Release the butterfly, and it will carry your
wish to the Great Spirit, who alone knows the thoughts of
butterflies. By setting the butterfly free, you are helping to
restore the balance of nature, and your wish will surely be
Butterfly symbolism is also closely tied to the idea of spirits
and souls. It has been used in many religions and cultures. For
example, psyche is the Greek word for both soul and butterfly.
The belief was that butterflies were human souls searching for a
new reincarnation. Such as Mary's soul becoming Maria.
Also, The butterfly is a powerful symbol for transformation. It
leaves the safety of the cocoon in it's new form. Early
Christians believed that Christ started out as a caterpillar and
underwent a transformation, or chrysalis, in the tomb before
emerging in pure form as the butterfly. This is similar with
Maria becoming a person based on Mary, or a 'new' better
Mary that is more to James' liking.
In some places a black butterfly represents death, and so, the
final boss of the game has a swarm of black butterflies flying
around her that attack James.
The name of Maria gives you the desire to understand
and to help others but, at the same time you can become too
involved in their problems and, as a result, worry too much. You
desire a home and family of your own and have the ability to
create understanding and harmony in family association as you
are pliable, forgiving, and tactful. You love children and would
not hesitate to care for any children who might need you.
Whenever possible, you avoid argument and turmoil because you
prefer not to face an issue if it means hurting anyone's
feelings. You shrink from sordidness and poverty because you
feel very deeply for anyone in unfortunate circumstances. Though
you recognize your responsibilities, you are inclined to put
things off until you are forced to take action. If given the
opportunity, you could develop musical and artistic abilities.
This name is a fairly healthy influence, although it does not
give you as much vitality as many people have. Any tension
centres in the fluid functions causing overweight, varicose
veins, swelling of the legs and ankles, kidney trouble, bladder
trouble, or female problems.
When we are first introduced to Maria she is a scared and lonely
woman with the sole goal of finding someone to comfort and
protect her. Yet after Ernest reveals to her her true purpose
she becomes suicidal. She cannot take the fact that she was
merely created for James; she's not even a real person. She
contemplates ending her life, but then realizes it wouldn't gain
her anything and decides to fulfill her fate.
Yet after she brutally impaled in the basement hallway of the
Brook Haven Hospital her personality changes drastically. The
next time James meets her she is locked in a cell in the labyrinth.
Her tone seems somewhat bitter and sarcastic and she speaks as
though she is in a daze. The remarks she makes are things only
Mary would be able to know, but then she replies 'I'm not your
Mary.' Yet then as if to persuade him into 'saving' her
she becomes extremely seductive and offers herself to him, yet
says 'I can't do anything through these bars...'. James complies
almost eagerly, yet somewhat dazed and attempts to free her. Yet
by the time he reaches her she is already dead.
The last time James confronts Maria
is when she appears to be Mary. James has realized what her
purpose was and says that he's done with her. Outraged that the
sole person in which she exists for doesn't want her, she
transforms into her true form and loses all humanity. She
attacks James with a bitter rage, but he prevails.