Monday, March 18, 2013

The Walking Dead...According to Freud

By Chiqui Raveloski

Sheriff Rick Grimes' state of mind and location upon waking up from his "coma" , in the hit show "The Walking Dead" can be interpreted in so many ways. There are no restrictions. Just pure thinking. I don't believe he woke up from a coma. He is still in a coma, just in a dream state. What we are seeing on television is the drama going on in his dream.

Zombies represents his insecurities, failures, and fears that are constantly coming back to life to engorge his  flesh and blood. Zombies are robbing him of the freedom to be the person he truly yearns to be. Each group of survivors represents the different stages and milestones of his life that he had accomplished, while others waiting for resolution.

Looking deeper, Sigmund Freud propose our personalities represent a "drama" inside our minds. "You" are a product of how opposing mental forces interact. For Freud, we are actors in the drama of our minds. Pushed by desire, pulled by conscience. Our personalities represent the power struggles going on deep within us.

Three main characters in Freud's "drama":
Id: Our impulses. An urge, impulse, or desire so strong that it just had to be satisfied. The id contains all of our most basic animal and primitive impulses that demand satisfaction.
Ego: Negotiates with the id, pleases the superego. Mediates between the id's demands and the external world around us — reality.
Superego: Keeps us on the straight and narrow. Superego is your conscience. It expects your ego to be strong and effective in its struggles against the id's force.

So, how does this all relate to The Walking Dead? With Rick Grimes as a central character, the following group/classification of major characters represent the "drama" inside Rick's dream. Let's group the characters according to Freud's classification.

The Governor- sinister motives and harbors many dark secrets
Merle - An extremely racist man, lived with a neglectful father and acted out against society,
Zombies - bite, infect..

Andrea - a former civil rights attorney. Andrea is intelligent, cautious.
Daryl - a faithful follower of Rick and Rick's right-hand man
Maggie - has held a strong sense of faith throughout the years
Glenn - keenly aware of the extreme danger of his missions on behalf of the group, but because of his youth is willing to take the risks.
Beth - sinks into a deep depression, contemplated suicide, but changed her mind. Beth becomes a more confident and useful member of the group

Carl - worships his father, and is frequently confronted with the realities of the harsh new world. He gradually begins to mature in his actions and thoughts.
Lori - Compassionate and empathetic, emotional center of the group.
Michone -  katana-wielding survivor accompanied by two walkers that are chained to her side-by-side with their arms and lower jaws cut off (to prevent their attacking her or anyone else
Hershel - a religious man, clinging desperately to the old-world values in order to preserve his sanity.

So, if we do apply Freud's proposal to what The Walking Dead is really all about,  do you think this analysis make sense?

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