Pans Labyrinth

Topics: Pan's Labyrinth, Fairy tale, Faun Pages: 3 (1189 words) Published: October 9, 2012
Sarah Jenkins
September 29, 2012
Honors Lit.
3rd period

Pans Labyrinth

A little girl's fantasy takes place in the mountains of Spain at a military camp fighting against the rebels. Ofelia, a child with a wild imagination, travels with her weak, pregnant mother to meet her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. Once she arrives at the camp she discovers a labyrinth. Later in the story she is led by a fairy to middle of it and meets a faun that tells her that she is a princess from another world. He promises her that she can go back and be reunited with her father as long as she completes three tasks for him. In her attempts to complete these tasks, Ofelia is forced to deal with the reality of mortality and learn the difference between right and wrong even if that means self-sacrifice. Every trip is a quest (except when its not); the id, the superego, and ego. Freud made a footprint in psychological history when dividing the mind into three sections that exhibit forces upon each other to maintain regularity. Those three elements are the id, the ego, and the superego. The id is the part of the mind that aims to please itself through instant gratification, while the ego subdues it (the id is animal instinct and the ego is the being reacting to societal constraints). Most consider the ego, the self. The superego is the law, rewarding good behavior and punishing poor behavior. The scene that best displays Freud's theory of the mind is during Ofelia's attempt to complete the second task given to her by the faun. Under the faun's instruction, Ofelia must retrieve a dagger from within a tomb-like chamber without eating food on the table. Ofelia retrieves the dagger without taking a second look at the food, but on the way back the grapes entrance her. At the head of the table is a creature without eyeballs and large folds of skin indicating a very gluttonous person prior to his demise. Upon eating the grapes, the creature is awaken and attempts to...
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