Jung, Estes, and "The Sopranos"
A discussion of how the psychologists Carl Jung and Pinkola Est's would analyze the HBO television series, "The Sopranos".
# 47429 | 1,042 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 |
Published on Feb 08, 2004 in Communication (Television) , Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Jung) , Literature (General)
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This paper examines how the award-winning HBO television series, "The Sopranos", is one that can be analyzed by people everywhere and how new episode has more symbolism than the last. It looks at how the various story lines, plots, and characters are divulged in a way that creates a certain tension in the audience; week after week, people feel compelled to come back for more. In particular, it looks at how the characters of the series fit into the archetypes as described in Carl G. Jung's "Man and His Symbols" and Clarissa Pinkola Est?s "Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype".
From the Paper:"Jung and Estes both make points about similar things, but they do so in different ways. Jung believes that when one's conscious state of mind cannot process a thought or idea because it is too painful, one's unconscious will process it instead. Although Tony's suspicions are right there in front of him, he cannot believe that his dear friend Pussy would betray him in the worst way. However, his dream tells him the truth, and this is the only sign strong enough to cause Tony to take action. Similarly, although Adriana sees Christopher right in front of her, she chooses to look at something different. As Estיs says, she is able to rationalize the "good" things about Christopher (i.e., money and power), while the audience sees an abusive, murderous monster."
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