Analyzing the movie blue velvet using Freud's psychosexual thoery
INTRO/ SUMMARY OF THE MOVIE “BLUE VELVET”
The movie Blue Velvet was produced/ created and brought to cinema and television screens in 1986 by the brilliant thought provoking mind of screen writer David Lynch. The story line of Blue Velvet is that of a mystery. The movie unwinds and climaxes at different scenes leaving the viewer’s cringing and craving for more; wondering what happens next?
The twisted unconventional story is excellently portrayed and executed by the varying personalities and demons that each character possesses and thus this stirs our imagination and leaves much for us the viewers to analyze.
The film centers on an eccentric college student named Jeffery Beaumont, who’s come home to his native Lumberton a small city where his father runs a hardware store. Mr. Beaumont after collapsing on the lawn, is in hospital, hooked up to ominous equipment, and Jeffery takes over the family business. One day while walking through the fields, he finds a severed human ear, moldy crawling with insects and dutifully informs the police, who thank him but then won’t disclose much about the case. The detective’s daughter sandy, however takes it upon herself to tell Jeffery what she’s over heard her father say about the case and before long, this clean cut collage boy is hiding in the closet of a weary-looking local chanteuse named Dorothy Vallens. There he watches in fascination- and a shade less horror than you might expect- as Dorothy is insulted, beaten and finally raped by a vicious thug she calls Frank, a drug dealer who apparently kidnapped her son and husband.
As Blue Velvet moves forward through, deeper into the nightmare murk and day lit unease of Lumberton, it becomes clear that the movie’s detective story is just a means to an end. A scheme to lure a couple of appealing, normal young folks like sandy and Jeffery into the sick, strange world of the man called Frank. This thus leads us to the point where we get to further look into the character Frank and analyze what seems to trigger his strange fetishes and desires. We can use Sigmund Freud ’s psychosexual theory to offer some sort of explanation for his behavior.
EXPLINATION OF THEORY
The psychosexual theory of development was proposed by the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, this theory describes how personalities develop during childhood that can later be reflected in the attitude and behaviours of adults. This theory is well known in psychology for its controversial nature. Freud believes that personality develops through a series of childhood stages in which pleasure seeking energies of the id becomes focused on certain erogenous areas. This psychosexual energy was described by Freud to be the driving force behind behavior
The psychoanalytic theory proposes that personality is established by the time a child turns five. This means that no more changes in development or attitudes can take place after this time. The impressionable age has now ended and no longer is children a blank slate that information on how to act/ behave can be encoded.
It is of the belief that once the psychosexual stages are completely successful, the result is a healthy personality. If certain issues are not resolved at the appropriate stage, fixation can occur. A fixation is a persistent focus on an earlier psychosexual stage. Until such conflict is resolved, the person may remain “stuck” in this stage. Meaning a person who is fixated at the oral stage may become over-dependent on others and may seek oral stimulation through smoking, drinking eating or any activity that requires the constant use of the mouth.
The five stages of Freud’s psychosexual theory and t goes as such oral, anal, phallic, latent and genital stage . The oral stage is where an infant’s primary source of interaction occurs through the mouth, so the rooting and sucking reflexes are important. The infant derives pleasure from oral stimulation through gratifying activities such as tasting and sucking. Because the infant is entirely dependent on caretakers (who are responsible for feeding the child) The infant will develop a sense of trust and trust and comfort through this oral stimulation. The primary conflict in this stage is the weaning process. The child must become less dependent on caretakers. If this fixation occurs at this stage, Freud believes