“You’ve experienced trauma Max, and when you keep your feelings, your pain, bottled up the way you do, it doesn’t take much to trigger them again. So now when it rains, it storms.” Ms. Kelley, Counselor
Stranger Things has delved into interesting thematic concepts in its four seasons. For example, season three focuses on the power of memory and nostalgia. This season delves into the painful world of trauma and its impact on the lives of those dealing with it. This is clearly seen in the characters of Max, Hopper, and El.
Cutting Herself Off
After the trauma of season 3 and witnessing Billy’s death, Max has withdrawn inside herself, cutting herself off from her friends. She walks around with headphones on, not interacting with those she built relationships with previously. This makes her a target for Vecna, the villain of season 4, who preys on those who have experienced unresolved…