Vos’ Possession Of Tate Is A Back And Forth Identity Struggle
The first key to understanding the symbolism and hidden details of Tasya Vos and Colin Tate’s conflict is Brandon Cronenberg’s inspiration to write Possessor, as he told JoBlo, from his own experience feeling he had to play a character to fit his surroundings. Vos does that for a living and its psychological toll, outside of murder, is clear from having to rehearse conversations with family to forgetting specific memories. Tate is similarly damaged even before his identity is literally stolen from within, having no close family and a morally bankrupt job at a data mining company.
Our main characters’ own identity struggles take on a whole new meaning when Tate, now overpowering Vos, is confused over the horrible things he seems to have done and Vos’ life is threatened when he manages to access her mind to use it against her. Thus, at is core, Possessor is a story about how easily people can lose their sense of self, whether it is to another person or their career. Speaking of…