Corazon and Law Relationship Analysis
My favorite thing about Rocinante and Law’s relationship is that it literally only works with each other. If you tried to swap out either Rocinante or Law with someone else, then they would never have become as close to that person as they would have to the person they replaced. I mean…
As is evident from this chapter, Law is still very much an emotionally and psychologically fragile little boy. He never was given the opportunity to properly heal, and his mindset isn’t particularly… healthy, right now, to say the least. However, Corazon had all the attributes needed to promote Law’s healing process:
1. Altruism. As shown in this chapter, Corazon risks himself as a double agent for the Marines in order to lessen the damage that Doflamingo would inflict upon the world, he harms children so that they may have better futures, and he abandons his mission in order to help a dying child. From this, we can gather that Rocinante is very much an altruistic and selfless character, which is a rarity in the One Piece world. Since much of Law’s miserable past stems from the sheer greed and selfishness of the world government that led to them keeping the true nature of the amber lead under wraps, the last thing that Law needed to see in his life was more selfish individuals. And this includes any selfish individuals, such as Luffy or… many of the Straw Hats, really. I don’t care how nice they are, it would just be extremely uncomfortable for Law to be around who value their own desires and goals over other people at this point in his life. Also, there’s a reason why, despite being with the Donquixote Family for a long time, he never grew particularly close to any of them (at least, not as close as he did to Rocinante.) And that reason is that (as pumpkinheadmarco very eloquently pointed out), they only value him for what he can do rather than who he is as a person. Doflamingo, for example, only really cares about Law because of his potential to be a good right-hand man. And the rest of the family primarily cares about Law only because of how he can assist in Doflamingo’s goals. Rocinante, on the other hand, doesn’t need Law at all. If anything, Law is actually a burden to him, since he’s a liability (since he knows Rocinante’s secrets and all), he abandoned his mission with the Marines to help him, and the kid stabbed him. Despite the fact that Law has nothing he can offer to Rocinante, Rocinante cares about him as a person. Rocinante is the first person, since Law lived in the White City, to actually cherish him as a person rather than someone useful with a lot of potential. I mean, Rocinante himself literally stated that he doesn’t care if Law is a D. He doesn’t care about Law’s potential. He cares about Law as a person. (And he certainly treated Law better than the medical staff here, who treated Law like he was nothing more than diseased vermin)
2. Rocinante treats Law like a kid. This one might sound weird, but you have to remember that Law is a child. After the horrific tragedy he suffered in the White City, he was raised largely by the Donquixote Family, all of whom sent him on dangerous missions and gave him difficult training, expecting and forcing him to behave like an adult. Because of that, Law was forced to “become a man”, to harden himself and push all of his tortured emotions deep inside himself. As a result, he never dealt with those feelings, and he never had the chance to properly heal. In comes Corazon, a man who tries to discourage kids from joining the Donquixote Family because he believes that children should have a proper childhood. In this chapter, he never treats or expects Law to act like an adult. He treats Law in exactly the way it is appropriate to treat children- he treats Law like a child. Rocinante never tells him to “be a(n) man/adult” or to “toughen up.” Instead, he coddles Law, allowing the boy to vent his hurts and emotions before providing him with the care and affection that all children need, which properly allowed him to heal.
3. Corazon is both persistent and kind. This is exactly what Law needed at this point in time. He needed someone to prove, again and again, that they cared about him. And Rocinante himself displayed this in spades during this chapter.
In return, Law is exactly what Rocinante needed as well. I mean…
1. Law could keep a secret and had a sense of honor. Just imagine how hard all of this was on Rocinante. He was risking his life undercover among people who he himself stated that he didn’t consider friends. He knew that, if he were found out, Doflamingo was likely to kill him in an utterly monstrous fashion. Just imagine how lonely this poor guy was. And here comes Law. After Rocinante told him his secret, Law exceeds all of his expectations by not telling Doflamingo Rocinante’s secrets. For the first time in a long time, Rocinante finally had someone in his daily life who he could confide in. Someone he could depend on and trust. And better yet, Law’s good at keeping secrets. So it’s not like he was a bad liar, so not only could Corazon trust him not to blab, he could trust him not to accidentally reveal it through any other ways either.
2. Law has some inherent goodness to him. As Corazon said earlier to Sengoku, he thought that the other children like Baby 5, Dellinger, and Buffalo were a lost cause. He essentially gave up on them. Law, however, could improve as a person. And Rocinante knew that. After spending so much of his daily life around people who he considered irredeemable, he needed someone with an inherent sense of purity and goodness to them, like Law. (I’m not trying to say that Law was good and pure, but that he had the potential of being a kind person)
3. Law is rather vulnerable. This one might sound weird, but hear me out. A lot of the time, affection can be nurtured through protective feelings towards another person. And in this case, Law was the perfect candidate to be the recipient for Corazon’s protective feelings. It’s been shown, time and time again, that Law is still very fragile emotionally, mentally, and psychologically from what he suffered in his past. The event significantly changed him, and it still shows signs of harming his mental state. This is a rarity in One Piece. Many of the characters suffer a terrible past, but then they just shrug it off in one way or another when it comes to how they behave (aka they behave in a way that’s way too normal considering what they endured). For example, Luffy suffered during Marineford. However, he managed to cope with his despair by throwing himself headlong into his goals and punching things. Law, on the other hand, had no such coping mechanisms. He had nothing to believe in. He festered in his own misery and despair, remaining emotionally damaged and in need of help. And Rocinante sees just how much Law is hurting, and he frequently does whatever he can to make feel Law better, resulting in genuine compassion and affection for Law.
Just… these two have such a unique, important relationship. There is literally no way you could switch out one for someone else and still have this kind of loving relationship work. They genuinely were everything that the other needed, and they loved each other so much and….
I’m just gonna cry