Black Swan Psychological Analysis

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Black Swan is a psycho thriller film that narrates the life of a ballerina called Nina Sayers (played by Natalie Portman). She is a young, ambitious dancer working for a prestigious NYC ballet company. According to the movie, she was around twenty-some year old when the story begins. Even though the main point of the movie is how bad Nina wanted the lead role for a theater production called Swan Lake, the dark drama around the movie is built by the psychological illness of its protagonist. Nina’s disordered relationship with her roommate/mother Erica, played by Barbara Hershey, sets the stage for Nina’s psychological breakdown. In the movie, the role that Nina always wanted requires her to play both the black and white swans. Her innocent, almost child-like personality makes her a perfect hite swan; however, she was having trouble getting into the character of the white swan’s dark and seductive counterpart. This film brilliantly captures the brutal physical and emotional demands that ballerinas face in their short-lived career span. Throughout the movie, Nina was seen suffers from numerous of symptoms which seems abnormal. While her anxiety is clearly expressed, obsessive compulsive disorder may be the prominent disorder in which Nina was experiencing. First of all, she continuously receives criticism that she was trying to be “perfect” from her instructor (Thomas) during the practices. As we know, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD associates psychological distress
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