The Little Mermaid Character Analysis

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The purpose of this essay is to watch a movie and try to view the main character from three personality theorists perspectives. In the movie The Little Mermaid, Ariel is a mermaid princess who makes a deal with an evil sea-witch to meet a human prince who lives on land (Clements/Musker, 1989). In this essay, I will analyze the movie The Little Mermaid through Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, Carl Jung’s theory of Archetypes, and Erik Erikson’s Stages of Development. While these theorists have much in common in terms of self-concept, their views on the main issues at hand vary accordingly. Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theory Freud developed the psychoanalytic theory of personality development, which argued that personality is formed through internal conflicts among three fundamental structures of the human mind: the id, ego, and superego. According to this model of the psyche, the id is the set of uncoordinated trends; the super-ego plays the critical and moralizing role; and the ego is the organized, realistic part that mediates between the desires of the id and the super-ego (Wikipedia, 2017). In the movie The Little Mermaid, Ariel represents the id. She had no rational decision-making process. She was driven by her desire to satisfy her wish of living in the human world. Therefore, she acted on impulses, such as how after King Triton destroyed her cave of human artifacts, she impulsively went to Ursula for help to become human. Ariel’s super ego is subdued throughout most
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