A Study on “Llamas with Hats”: Allegorical Nature of the Human Condition

  1. Introduction

Llamas with Hats was a series of twelve mini YouTube clips developed by the channel FilmCow. It depicts the relationship between two llamas who were companions— Carl and Paul. Carl was the sociopathic, sociologically defined as psychopathic until Episode 12, killer. His counterpart and companion, Paul was the sane and logical llama who stood by Carl, until episode six where Paul had enough of Carl’s shenanigans and left.

When Paul left, Carl made a mask of Paul to pretend and (possibly hallucinate) that Paul was still by his side, which he later realizes is no use and searches the real Paul…only to find out that Paul is dead and saddened, Carl jumps of a bridge and dies. There are many reasons as to why Carl does these things floating around YouTube; the reason the creators, FilmCow, gave was that, “Carl does things so that Paul will react to them – without Paul he falls apart, and so does the series.” Then without Paul’s reactions to drive him to commit these horrible acts, Carl finds no meaning in his life and then after he realizes that Paul is in fact actually DEAD, Carl commits suicide.[1]

  1. Allegorical Meaning

Very much like Orwell’s Animal Farm, Llamas with Hats displays an allegorical meaning. It’s an allegory that we all need somebody or something in our lives to keep us moving forward; to keep us and push us to do what we normally think we cannot accomplish. Or, in the case of Carl in Llama with Hats, we need that somebody that makes us happy and want to live life. But when that person is gone depression sets in and there is nothing or no one to live for.

If lose that somebody or that something that drives us to accomplish our goals, for good or for bad, just like Carl, we don’t have any drive to live anymore because your purpose in life is lost along with the person who helped you cultivate and drive it forward. You feel a sense of hopelessness. For example, if you worked out with a friend and mentor for a period of time, and when the friend leaves, you don’t have the drive to workout because you are so used to your friend being there to encourage you and being THE epitome of what you want to be— your role model.

Now your encouragement and your role model aren’t there anymore, you feel a sense of ‘why does this even matter anymore’. In order to understand why the loss of drive when a close role model and friend leaves we must understand that as Aristotle[2] mentioned we are social creatures and desire companionship and inclusion. When we lose that bond, we lose all meaning in life.

[1] http://www.filmcow.com/2015/02/12/llamas-with-hats-an-explanation/

[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-would-aristotle-do/201009/you-are-social-animal

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