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Finding Nemo: A psychoanalysis
Transcript of Finding Nemo: A psychoanalysis
Finding Nemo isn't much of an ordinary children's movie once you start digging deep in the anemone.
Like most Disney Pixar movies, this film is based on a series of tragic events that the characters must overcome.
Inside of the aquarium where Nemo is trapped, we are introduced to a number of several fish that are suffering from psychological issues, most likely due to the imprisonment caused by this tank.
While Nemo was residing in an aquarium, Marlin was searching far and wide to retrieve his son, finding some help along the way.
Finding Nemo: A psychoanalysis
Something Seems Fishy...
In the beginning of the film we are introduced to Marlin and his spouse Coral, along with dozens of their fish eggs.
Within a short period Coral, along with most all of the eggs are eaten by a barracuda, leaving Marlin with a single fish egg
Coral's sudden death took a large impact on Marlin, causing him to suffer from serious paranoia and post-traumatic stress disorder. Marlin shows signs of repression, trying to rid the memory by being over protective of Nemo, focusing only on the safety of his son.
Although Marlin's character is
portrayed as cowardly and
frightened, he is a single parent
who is searching the entire
ocean to find his son, thus
representing a symbol of
Nemo is the son of Marlin who is taken from the sea by a diver, leading to the search of Nemo. Nemo is born with a mutilated fin caused by injury while he was in the egg, representing physical impairment.
Nemo acts as a heroic character for children with impairments and disabilities, always being able to overcome tough situations regardless of his weak fin.
Deb is schizophrenic, she suffers from delusions, odd or irrational statements, and the inability to differentiate between illusions and reality.
Gurgle suffers from OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He deeply fears being contaminated by dirt or germs, or contaminating others.
Gill represents similar symptoms to those of a war veteran.
Suffers from PTSD
Most likely caused by being captured and kept in a glass prison,
Gill serves as a mentoring character, showing
leadership skills in helping Nemo get back to the
ocean and helping the rest of the tank escape.
Although helpful to Nemo and friends, Gill suffers
from issues along with the rest.
lack of motivation; appears lethargic or
Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
Suffers from drug abuse, most likely addicted to a drug that increases dopamine levels
Dory has ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Inattention-easily distracted, forgetful, failure to complete simple tasks
Hyperactivity- unable to stay still and talking excessively
Last but not least, Bruce!
Bruce shows symptoms like experiencing extreme happiness, anger, and sadness.
Bruce most likely suffers from Bipolar disorder or manic disorder, showing severe changes from one extreme to another. This could be from repressed feelings because of his father
Taking a dive deep down into the movie can really help you see theres more to the story than it seemed watching it as a child. I hope that discussing these issues could help you get a better understanding of the characters and why they act the way they do