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Jungian Analysis of Annie in "Misery"

Certain concepts enumerated and examined by C.G. Jung can be found to apply to well-developed fictional characters as to real persons, helping to explain the behavior of the characters and at the same time to illustrate the use of the concepts. The film Misery (1990), based on a Stephen King novel, will serve as the source for the character of Annie Wilkes. The concepts to be considered are the collective unconscious, archetypes (and specifically the archetype of persona), and repression.

Jung's conception of the mind quite naturally colored his conceptions of mental processes and of mental disease. For most people, the concepts of Freud are more familiar than those of Jung, and there are some similarities as well as differences between the two. Basically, though, they had a different conception of the human mind. Jung's conception of the mind is based on a recognition of a link, the relation of mental contents with the ego, and without such an awareness there could be no consciousness of the object. Without consciousness, says Jung, there would be no world, for the world exists only in so far as it is consciously reflected and consciously expressed by a psyche, and for Jung the psyche is the personality as a whole (Hall and Nordby, 1973, 32). Consciousness is related to the outer world through the psychological functions of thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition, and at the same time there is the simultaneous contact with the inner world, the world of the unconscious (Hall and Nordby, 1973, 33). Human beings are subject to emotions and affects irrespective of their expectations and wishes, and so they always experience the impact of the unconscious. From moment to moment human beings receive messages from the unconscious in the act of remembering, and Jung says that the immediate availability of memory is comprehensible if we assume the existence of the unconscious (Hall and Nordby, 1973, 35-36).

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