Sibling Rivalry and Fear of Abandonment: A Psychoanalytic Analysis of Loki

Specifically, I argue that Loki’s actions in the first Thor film are a form of regression–reliving the traumatic childhood experience of feeling abandoned, which is his greatest unconscious driving force. A comic book movie might seem like an unconventional medium to examine through the lens of psychoanalytic criticism—especially one that involves magic hammers, rainbow bridges, … More Sibling Rivalry and Fear of Abandonment: A Psychoanalytic Analysis of Loki

Cosmic Horror in Lost Carcosa: True Detective as the Ultimate Weird Tale

True Detective, an American anthology of self-contained stories created and written by Nic Pizzolato, exploded onto television screens in 2014. The first eight-part mini-series starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, as a pair as former homicide detectives in rural Louisiana embroiled in the hunt for a mysterious and murderous far-reaching Southern syndicate. Fans of straight … More Cosmic Horror in Lost Carcosa: True Detective as the Ultimate Weird Tale

True Detective is a Metafictional Show about Characters Who Are Driven to Madness By The Incomprehensible Revelation That They Are Works of Fiction

I believe that this is what’s really going on in this show. The real message is about the audience’s masochistic relationship with the characters, and our endless insatiability for flawed, downtrodden heroes fighting against evil that is never vanquished. From book to book and show to show and movie to movie, we keep telling the … More True Detective is a Metafictional Show about Characters Who Are Driven to Madness By The Incomprehensible Revelation That They Are Works of Fiction

What is the Meaning Behind The Dark Tower’s Ending?

The ending is quite unclear, and this was almost certainly a deliberate choice made by Stephen King, in order to allow the reader decide for himself/herself. As a result, any attempt to explain it will necessarily involve a large amount of speculation. As such, I feel entitled to offer my own interpretation. My understanding has … More What is the Meaning Behind The Dark Tower’s Ending?