The, The Temptation, And The Expulsion From Paradise

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FALLEN MAN—Reclaiming the Repressed Self within Shadows Masolino and Masaccio painted the frescos “The Temptation” (1425-27) and “The Expulsion from Paradise” (1424-27) in the Brancacci Chapel inside the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence, Italy. Masolino’s “Temptation” is two expressionless figures who appear to be suspended in air against a dark background. Their static appearance was in keeping with traditional expectations for medieval figures. Masaccio’s “Expulsion,” however, gave Adam and Eve an incredible amount of expression as they are chased from Eden by a threatening angel and grieve over their disobedience. Adam covers his entire face to express his shame, while Eve’s shame requires her to cover her nakedness. The drive of their bodies, especially Adam 's, gives an unprecedented passion to the figures. Their feet are firmly planted on the ground while walking toward and away from a violent light casting them into shadows. Shadows can be identified by recognizing what one projects onto others. Perhaps even when someone is in a new or unfamiliar situation, regardless of the circumstances, rejection or insults automatically come to mind. Anyone else in the situation would have no idea what was going through that person’s mind. Someone who has these unresolved issues from the past thrust upon his mindset would blow the the present moment totally out of proportion. The term "shadow" was first used by Dr. Carl G. Jung to describe the repressed or denied part of the “self.” We were each born into a "360-degree personality." As infants, we expressed the full breadth of our human nature without editing or censoring. As we grew up, however, we learned that certain slices of our 360- degree pie were unacceptable... ... middle of paper ... ...” (Amazon Instant Video), Freud had the following session with a young male patient (his complete diagnostic history was not disclosed): Patient: Do you really mean to do without hypnosis? Freud: Yes. Just tell me spontaneously whatever comes into your head first — whether you think it is important or not. Patient: Everything? Even about my sister? Freud: So you know what you said under hypnosis? Patient: No, No! Why? I don’t know a thing! Freud: Come on (leads to the couch). Just lie down and relax. Now talk! Just let yourself go. (Freud places his left hand on the patient’s forehead from his chair next to the pillowed end of the couch.) Patient (after some time): I have one more question, Doctor. Can what I have told you make me liable to prosecution? Freud: Not prosecution. Maybe, self-persecution, but there’s nothing to get hung up about, my friend.
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