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FIFTH BUSINESS

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Jaime Chung

on 15 January 2013

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Transcript of FIFTH BUSINESS

From a Jungian Approach Fifth Business How many sides are there? Conclusion By Ruth & Jaime What would you do? Fails to reach individuation Dunstan Fails to reach individuation
Boy's denial of his shadow
Educates Leola in order to fit into the upper class
"He wanted to make her into the perfect wife for a rising young entrepreneur in sugar"(124).
"Staunton did not like to be reminded of Deptford except as a joke"(182).
Laughs off his guilt and unhappy memory as if it is a joke Boy discovers and accepts the different sides of one self Paul Leola Fails to reach individuation
Shadow: Fear towards own inferiority
Unable to recognize her true self and accepts her shortcoming
“She had learned to crusty very prettily – not easy in the skirts of the period – and eat without seeming to chew, and do other courtier-like things required by Boy” (126).
“She was trying hard, but she could not keep pace with Boy’s social advancement” (151).
“This is the end. Boy does not love me and you don’t either so it is best for me to go” (191). V.S. Looking from a different perspective: Escapes from his shadow
"Boy Staunton made a great deal of money during the Depression because he dealt extensively in solaces"(149).
Changes his focus on the pursuit of fame and money
Forgets the memory of the snowball incident
"I could hardly believe he spoke the truth, but as we talked on I had to accept it as a fact as he has so far edited his memory of his early days that the incident of the snowball had quite vanished from his mind" (267).
Snowball incident in Deptford is forgotten and suppressed due to his enormous amount of guilt
Incapable to see his own fault
Projects shadow on others: transfer the guilt onto Dunstan Boy Neurosis: OCD (sex addition)
"A man with my physical needs can’t be tied down to one woman" (185).
He was explicit about his sexual needs; he had to have intercourse often, and it had to be all sorts of things – intense, passionate, cruel, witty, challenging – and he had to have it with a Real Woman. (185)
Negative Anima: love and romance is twisted into having many affairs and abandoning his family
Suicidal
"psychological suicide” (246)
"But sometimes I wish I could get into a car and drive away from the whole damned thing" (246).
Unhealthy psyche: ignores shameful experience (his downfall in politics) Outside Connection Boy On the path to individuation
Avoids talking about his mother
"So far as I am concerned, it is over, and if she dies mad, who will not say that she is better dead?" (148)
Does not like to be reminded of his mother as it brings back his guilt
Shadow: shameful experience
Runs away
They’d across the street, ‘Hoor yuh today, Paul?’ Sly, you see, because he knew damn well they didn’t mean ‘How are you today, Paul?’ but ‘Your Ma’s a hoor.’ So when the circus was here, autumn of ‘eighteen, he run away with one of the shows. (104)
Negative anima: sensitivity to hurt feelings Paul Beginning of self-realization
Changing his name
“My real name is Magnus Eisengrim; that is who I am and that is how the world knows me” (264).
Persona
Willing to reveal his identity
Acceptance to the “Paul Dempster”
Conscious regarding to his shadows
Confronting his shadow
“No thanks, Ramsay. I have everything I need” (271). Leola’s existence often reminds him of his past in Deptford Latent Mental Disorders: 30% Statistics shows that 30% of US soldiers developed stress-related mental illness after fighting in Iraq. Neuroses:
anxiety disorder
depression
post-traumatic stress disorder Unable to confront their shadows
Shame, violent motives, fear, immoral acts
Incapable to balance between personas
Ex. Adjusting between persona of troop and persona of a father Why? Sources:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8743574/ns/health-mental_health/t/more-troops-developing-latent-mental-disorders/
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/12/a-practical-approach-to-military-ptsd/266088/ INDIVIDUATION Anima
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Animus Persona Shadow Shadow Shadow shameful experience of causing Mrs Dempster’s insanity
obsessed with taking the responsibility by complete devotion for Mrs Dempster
“I felt myself tied to her by the certainty that I was responsible for her straying wits, the disorder of her marriage, and the frail body of the child who was her great delight in life. I had made her what she was” (24).
“My own motives were not clear or pure: I was determined that if I could not take care of Mrs Dempster, nobody else should do it. She was mine” (182).
“And I begged forgiveness for myself because, though I had done what I imagined was my best, I had not been loving enough, or wise enough, or generous enough in my dealings with her” (250).
“But even now I hesitate to recall some of the nights when I feared to go to sleep and prayed till I sweated that God would forgive me for my mountainous crime” (15). A positive Anima Considerate to Lisel
Discovers her inner good qualities
Respects and admires her
“Nothing could mitigate the extreme, the deformed ugliness of her face, but she was graceful, she had a charming voice, and gave evidence of a keen intelligence held in check, so that Eisengrim might dominate the conversation” (210). Persona A heroic and a disciplined figure
Shows typical behavior consistent with a champion
“It was Deptford’s version of a Roman Triumph, and I tried to be worthy of it, looked solemn, saluted every flag I saw that was 12-by-8 inches or over, and gave special heed to elderly citizens” (92).
Shows sense of justice and fairness
“I just worked through the curriculum and insisted on high standards. I never played favourites, never tried to be popular, never set my heart on the success of any clever boy, and took good care that I knew my stuff” (116). Leola Persona: Passive
Completely dominated
Gives up her career
“There had been some suggestion from Leola that she might train as a nurse in the meanwhile, but it came to nothing because her parents thought the training would coarsen their darling – bedpans and urinals and washing naked men and all that sort thing” (113).
Gives in to Boy
“He wanted Leola to acquire moral energy...She obediently repeated the formula as often as she could, every night for six weeks” (155). Reflection What matters is not the way you handle it but your ability to overcome it.
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