English homework help. Essay
Consider the ideas on the structures and limitations of the human mind as theorized by Plato, Freud, and Jung. All have implications regarding how we make sense of the events in our lives and how we tell and respond to stories that help us do that.
Choose a story in the form of a film, TV series, book, fairy tale, or electronic game and analyze it from the perspective of the ideas of Plato (Socrates), Freud or Jung.
For example, you might examine a story like the worlds created in the Matrix or Truman Show movies as variations on The Allegory of the Cave.
To apply the ideas of Freud, you might examine films which are about psychoanalysis, similar to Inception. Films that portray characters who are operating on a level of reality that is clearly dreamlike or in various stages of psychological development include Black Swan and pretty much everything directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Also consider where you see a conflict between the conscious and unconscious minds of characters.
Jungian archetypes have been identified in stories such as Star Wars in which characters and events suggest mythical patterns, including the “hero’s journey.” Such symbols and patterns often appear in the worlds created in video games as well.
Your essay must be written in MLA format, including a Works Cited page. Besides citing Freud, Jung, or Plato, your sources must include the story/film you have chosen to analyze as well as one other full-length article such as an in-depth movie review or academic article that is relevant to your topic. If you write about Freud or Jung, you will cite one of the George Boeree summaries listed below. Also, any supplementary materials such as those suggested below must be cited. The essay should be approximately 4 pages long and it is due on Wednesday April 15.
To understand the theories of Freud and Jung, you will need to access these online summaries by George Boeree.
A Summaries of Freud’s and Jung’s basic theories:
The sources listed below provide more detail on the psychological theories and examples of how they may be applied in analyzing stories.
A book on the hero’s journey in stories:
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
Blog on archetypes with examples from film (Part 1 of 4):
Chapter on Jung from an introductory psychology textbook:
An article on Freudian psychoanalysis in film, using Inception as an example:

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