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I've been reading many comments about Faraday's death which call it "pointless" and I find this funny. Calling anything "pointless" in Lost (a show wherein two major themes are time and destiny) already qualifies as humorous; but the fact Eloise Hawking is affected by this in such a major way shows it to be a turning point in the chain of events Lost is (out-of-order, to be sure) relating.
I have been trying to answer the question "Why would a mother send her son to die even IF the event was pivotal?" and come up blank. Until it occured to me: what if she is merely trying to take responsibility for killing him? She knows he is going to end up on the Island because she killed him there. She knows there will be a chain of events that leads him there. So, rather than allow it to happen randomly, she decides to take the reins herself. Rather than allow someone else to be responsible for her killing her son, she decides to take full responsibility and be not just the tool of his destruction, but the ultimate cause of his presence on the Island. As a sort of redemptive act. It's why she writes "No matter what, remember, I will always love you."
Any thoughts on this?