Bakemonogatari continues to be about authenticity and inauthenticity. Characters lie, and are untrue to themselves and to Araragi. But here is an interesting thing:
Suruga Kanbaru finds out she has three wishes that will come true, but it will be delivered by a devil who would claim her soul afterward. But how did she get this devil? She asked for it didn’t she? Well, what she really asked for is a monkey… though the origin story is usually left to be discovered at the last, since it is usually the means to become free of the curse part of the monster. This is what happened with Senjougahara, and Hachikuji (and Araragi).
What do we know?
Suruga says that the hand (that at the time, she just thought of as a monkey’s paw) does things against her will. Araragi mentioned the word trance. It would seem that the hand put her in a trance during nightfall. But what is the hand’s purpose, if it goes against Suruga’s (conscious) will? I daresay it fulfills her (un/sub/spoken) desire.
She was jealous of Araragi, he became her rival for Senjougahara’s affections/attention. She said so herself. The hand attacked him because of this strong feeling, that she suppressed during their conversation in ‘Suruga Monkey 1.’ Remember, she basically confessed to him, prompting Hachikuji to offer Araragi her congratulations.
In ‘Suruga Monkey 2’ this meets a refrain, with a twist. Suruga offers herself again to Araragi, in the verbally explicit, teasing style that both Senjougahara and Hachikuji performed. She offered herself to him, in the context of keeping Senjougahara ‘pure; almost in the context of if Suruga cannot have her, no one can. So Araragi shouldn’t have Senjougahara, not if Suruga can help it.
So this is Suruga’s formerly unspoken, now explicit desire.
And now Oshiro Meme tells her that she actually has three wishes to make it really happen.
I want to talk about responsibility now. Does Suruga’s desires make her responsible for her assault on Araragi in ‘Suruga Monkey 1?’ She was in a trance, the devil ‘made her do it.’ But the devil, in this case the devil hand, only acted to fulfill her wishes. The devil doesn’t have anything against Araragi. After all, Suruga explicitly asked for that power. And now she has it.
So how far is he extent of Suruga’s culpability in the violence against Araragi?
What would her three wishes be?
You tell me.