Gone Girl Analytical Essay

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The Destructiveness of One’s Struggle with Dignity from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Characters from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, share similar traits and demonstrate the concept of dignity of a person. Freudian and Jungian psychoanalytic theories lead the audience to a profound analysis of the characters in both novels. According to Sigmund Freud, the key to a healthy personality is a balance between the id, the ego, and the superego (Cherry). Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights and Amy Dunne from Gone Girl are mentally unstable due to the imbalance of their id, the ego, and the superego. They create a persona that is indicated by Carl Jung, which is the personality that
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Comparably, Amy also exhibits a persona, but in contrast, she always has kept it within her, which is different than Heathcliff who eventually takes off his mask, and this persona has led her to her own ruination/downfall. Her life is full of her deceptions and masks that she puts on. She has pretended to be perfect as Amazing Amy in the Amazing Amy series, as she is seen as beautiful, humorous, chill, and charming. She says, “I feel myself trying to be charming, and then I realize I’m obviously trying to be charming, and then I try to be even more charming to make up for the fake charm, and then I’ve basically turned into Liza Minnelli: I’m dancing in tights and sequins, begging you to love me. There’s a bowler and jazz hands and lots of teeth” (Flynn 11), which indicates that she impersonates as a person who people want her to be. In addition, she is married to a man who thinks her as a “cool girl”, which is not true. With her persona, she manipulates people to like her and be on her side. The mask she created has led her relationship with her husband to be distant, since her husband notices that she is not who she seems to be. It has driven her husband to love another person, which is the ultimate incidence of her revenge and this has ruined many people around
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