Personality Analysis: Andy Kaufman Analytical Essay

Personality Analysis: Andy Kaufman
This paper is aimed at deconstructing the personality of actor-comedian Andy Kaufman from an empirical point of view, based on Carl Jung's archetype theory.
# 6307 | 3,715 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 09, 2003 in Psychology (Jung) , Sociology (Theory) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper is based on the writer's observations of the 1999 film "Man on the Moon" in which actor Jim Carey portrays the late Andy Kaufman. It uses an array of other sources from publications such as Rolling Stone and Bill Zehm biographical title "Lost in the Funhouse." One of the main characteristics of Kaufman was that he was an archetype. Kaufman's problem was that didn't know where he fit, especially in the world of entertainment. He just wanted to bring the world to his world of fun and fantasy.

From the Paper:

"After watching Man on the Moon (1999), starring Jim Carey portraying the late comedian Andy Kaufman. I wasn't sure what aspects of Jung's theory to use. Kaufman was such a flamboyant character that I didn't know where to begin Most of the people who worked with Kaufman described him as a genius; I personally think he came a bit before his time. Judd Hirsch Kaufman's co-star on the hit sit-com Taxi said, "his genius was something akin to what I can only describe as designless illussion." It's funny he used the word illusion, to describe Andy because that is the impression I got after I watched Man on the Moon for the first time. I think he meant that Andy lived in his own world of illusion, because when I watched the movie for the first time, there was a bit too much for me to take in all at once. When I first saw the movie I noticed that Andy displayed bizarre behavior for a man in his field. Kaufman had an array of characters that he used to entertain crowds. All these characters are personifications of an archetype, one of the aspects of Jung's theory that I am going to use to analyze Andy Kaufman's personality."

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