The Lighthouse Analysis: III. Jungien

13 Oct

I wanted to give my readers a chance to digest my best guesses at what’s going on in The Lighthouse film. The master post is long, so I have also published each section (exact same) on it’s own.

All the Disclaimers:

*Spoilers ahead

*To lesson confusion, I will be referring to the older lighthouse keeper as “Older” and the younger as “Younger” bc the names change throughout the film.

*The clues are offered in a non-linear way

The clues are more disjointed in the film, not presented in a linear way. Which is both why it’s difficult for the audience to grasp the true timeline, to tell who is who, and also for me to write a post without skipping around. I apologize, blame the author/director.

*The movie NEVER indicates the timeline is off. It is intentionally disjointed to confuse the viewer and have us question what is real.

The battle between id and ego

Other analysts felt the film was Jungien, with Ego being Older and Id being Younger. The Ego/Older drinks and farts. The Id/Younger is a teetotaler and toils. And it really becomes clear this was an inspiration to the author with the drinking. Remember how Younger was very resistant to it at first, and Older was pushing it on him? Younger acted very repressed in his abstinence. It shows that Younger fabricated Older in his mind as a scape goat for some bad base desires.

Once there’s the calm before the storm, Older finally convinces Younger to drink. It seems once this demon is released, Younger really embraces getting inebriated. Then they get drunk again and again throughout the rest of the film. And instead of food cached in the dirt, it’s more liquor. And they are so hedonistic that they drink Kerosene for the ethanol.

Later in the film, the dialogue shows battles between Older (the Id) and Younger (the super-ego). The spilling your beans scene was the two sides of his mind sparring. At the very end when Younger beats up Older, this is him fighting with himself. Younger is trying to beat his Id, and the movie shows how it physically looks. Younger forcing his Id (Older) to crawl like a dog shows how Younger is trying to get him Id to submit to his will. He blames his Id for all his impulsive, murderous acts. And at the end of this scene, Younger is “Burying” his Id deep to cover it up and hide it. He wants that part of himself gone.

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