The Speedy Messenger By Sigmund Freud

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In The Speedy Messenger, we follow the protagonist Semyon as he matured from a young man that was unknowing to the dangers of deception and underestimation by others into a man that is humble and wise to the dangers that he was one vulnerable to. This development in his personality did not happen until he underwent the conflicts of certain archetypes and the personal conflicts that he had with himself when he was depressed and trapped in his unconscious. Semyon was able to overcome his struggles with each archetype and his struggle in his unconsciousness when he was with the Sea King. Freudian Analysis A psychologist that was famous for his theories regarding the unconscious and its mental processes was Sigmund Freud. One of the ideas regarding the unconscious that Freud stressed was that “feelings and thoughts may be portrayed in the form of dramatic images...may be represented as symbolic guise by images of other entities, although the resemblance between the symbol and the original object may be incomprehensible” (Petit-Pavlovskis, 2016). Symbolism was used heavily in The Speedy Messenger since Semyon was forced to process what was going on in his mind and in his world. Entities and images that Semyon saw were actually thoughts and feelings that were feelings and thoughts that were dramatized. Furthermore, some objects or concepts may symbolize other images or entities but they may not resemble what the actual conflict the person of interest was confronted with (Petit-Pavlovskis 2016). This included the Sea King, the “deepest depth” that Semyon was held captive in and the fantastical abilities that Semyon that allowed him to transform into different animals. In Semyon’s situation these images and entities were created to help h... ... middle of paper ... ...ings that he would usually do. Furthermore, he did not have the ambition that he had initially in the story. Semyon did not even ask the Sea King to go to the Russian world, it was the Sea King that suggested it to him since the whole time that Semyon was held captive, he was weeping and relentlessly bored. Semyon was able to fight back against the easy temptation of his shadow when he prayed for the Sun. Both Freudian and Jungian psychological analysis was responsible for interpreting the importance of the Sea King and the location that Semyon was held captive in. He struggled with his identity and his mentality that seemed to paralyze him for a significant portion of his life. This paralysis was due to the mixed ideals that Semyon was dealing with in his unconscious and he overcame the conflicts in the persona and shadow archetypes that were present in the story.

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