Troll Bridge

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Written assignment: Troll Bridge We live in a society filled with norms, solid framework and expectations. We are expected not to fart at meetings or to tell every stranger we meet about our sexual preferences. Although it may seem that these “appropriate” behaviors are a pure reflection of our true selves it is not, according to psychoanalytic Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. All humans have deeply stored inside their brains a subconscious mind, which is where all our truly desires are suppressed. These desires can be expressed differently. To take an example: Writers are often able to access a collective unconscious and use it to create artistic literary work filled with symbolism and features which are interesting to the psychoanalytic…show more content…
This selfishness is quite forgivable because it’s a reaction to his childish fears. His fears are in the way for his desires and dreams: “There are books I haven’t read yet. I’ve never been on an airplane. I can’t whistle – not really” (p. 4, l. 35). So when he finally passes the troll, he has also suppressed his fears and has developed mentally. He has grown. The second time he meets the troll he is 15 years old, and talking a walk with Louise, a girl he is madly in love with. Jack is at now in his teenage years, and a lot of new feelings are circling around in his body. He has experienced a lot of thing. For example his first love, the possibilities of (punk)music, he has even learned to whistle, as he wanted to. All this experience in life is just perfect for the troll “You have grown in life and experience. More to eat. More for me.” (p. 6, l. 38). Just as Jack and Louise are about to kiss, the troll appears. Yet another important passage in his life and he needs to pass the troll again. Again, Jack reacts out of fear to be eaten, and his selfish self pushes forward Louise, even though he loves her so much. In this case Jack acts out of mere selfishness. And at the tip of death, his evil true self is revealed. The troll sniffs Louise but refuses to eat her because she is innocent: “She is innocent, it said. You’re not. I want you” (p.7, l. 8). Which indicates the fact that Jack is guilty in being morally corrupt inside. Jack explains the troll that he
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