dorotea wrote:And yet in Angel 42 Illyria states as a fact to Angel that 'your motives are pure' or something like that. Meaning you imply that not only she has perfect understanding of what is a 'pure motive' - she also thinks it is perfectly suitable for her to issue such judgments
Why do you think her saying this implies "perfect understanding"? People state things they have no perfect understanding of all the time, while thinking it is perfectly suitable for them to issue such judgements. We actually do it all the time on this forum. Speaking for myself, I can see myself making the same statement as Illyria, and I certainly don't pretend to have perfect understanding of what "pure motives" really are (in fact I think nobody does).
and use her newly acquired moral superiority to decide what is good and what is bad - all of the above while still being a soulles character. Does not it sound like a bit of hypocrisy ? She 'changed' - so now she appoints herself a higher authority and it is not even presented as a funny moment ?
I don't think Illyria has acquired "moral superiority". She has just become more human, and humans judge each other all the time. I suppose you could say that anyone who criticizes another person appoints him- or herself as a "higher authority". But then, once again, that's something everybody does all the time. And soulless creatures are very well capable of distinguishing between good and bad, they do know the difference. Whether they care is another matter, of course. But the way I see it, what Illyria has gained is exactly the ability to care. We've seen soulless creatures with this ability before, so it's not a stretch to me.
For Illyria to suddenly become associating herself with humanity is strange.
Since Illyria has gained the capacity to feel human emotions, I think it would be stranger if in spite of that, she still did not associate herself with humanity. Actually it seems to be more general: she associates herself with the world at large (including plants, trees, the earth, "cephalodogs", everything), not humanity specifically. At least that's what I took away from issue 4.