Psychoanalytic Criticism in Movies

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Psychoanalytic Criticism in Movies [For your first sentence of this paragraph define what psychoanalytic criticism is.] There are several aspects of psychoanalytic criticism shown in the book Critical Theory Today authored by English Professor Lois Tyson. The main parts [I’ll be focusing on are the differences, anxiety, and core issues of psychoanalytic criticism]. In this [section] of the Psychoanalytic chapter Lois Tyson talks about Fear of abandonment, fear of intimacy, fear of betrayal, and low self-esteem. [My question is how do these different aspects influence movies and the characters within the movie?] The [films] I’m going to talk about that are affected by these things are Beauty and the Best by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, The Blind Side by John L Handcock, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Ron Howard. These movies have characters that show fear of abandonment, fear of intimacy, and low self-esteem. Not all the movies have these anxieties in them but they have two or three that are spotted throughout the movies with the characters. [In the Psychoanalytic chapter of the book Critical Theory Today author Lois Tyson does a wondering job defining Fear of Intimacy.] Tyson states “ Fear of intimacy- the chronic and overpowering that emotional closeness will seriously hurt or destroy us and that we can remain emotionally safe only by remaining at an emotional distance from others at all times.” (16) the way to put this is that we need to pick and choose very carefully who to get close to. There are many people that we often get close to and end up getting hurt because we get to attached. [Next Tyson describes] “Fear of abandonment- the unshakeable belief that our friends and love ones are going to desert us (physical abandonment) or don’t really care about us (emotional abandonment)”. (16) In other worlds she means when you get abandon by friends and

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