An Analysis Of Jim Henson 's Labyrinth Essay

1353 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth”, reflect aspects of Bettelheim, and Freud’s theories. Both revolve around the subconscious, but Bettelheim’s theory compliments Freud’s. Bettelheim believes “Fairytales with the darkness of abandonment, death, witches, and injuries, allowed children to grapple with their fears in remote, symbolic terms which allow them to resolve conflicts within themselves (Armstrong)”. Whenever conflicts are aroused or being resolved within the person, it is often through their subconscious that these conflicts are being resolved. But in “Labyrinth” Sarah’s case merges both theories together and creates the concepts of threat, recovery, escape, and consolation. When Sarah is introduced into the film, she is reciting lines from a play, ironically from a play book titled “Labyrinth”. “Through reading about these heroes and heroines, then acting out the stories in their play, children learn strategies for dealing with different problems along the way” (BETTELHEIM 10). Knowing this much, we become aware of the adventure Sarah is about to embark on, that will potentially change her. Before she commences her journey, she acts like a brat, with a deep seeded resentment towards her family. Her stepmother even addresses it by saying, “She treats me like a wicked stepmother in a fairy story no matter what I say! (Labyrinth)”. Sarah’s resentment, even spreads to the innocent -- her baby brother, due to this, Sarah calls upon the goblins to take Toby away. The King of the…

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