Power of personality

Throughout Frued’s “Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis”, the idea of personality and its three regions, including Id, Ego and Superego, are considered to be vital instruments of the subconscious and conscious mind. Such ranges in personality can be depicted in Sophocles’  “Antigone” as the main characters in the story struggle to find the perfect balance within their subconscious. An underlying theme is the role of women, as Antigone, a woman, defies the rule of her King, Creon, by seeking a proper burial for her deceased brother. While power is supposed to be in the hands of Creon, the mental attack from Antigone on his rule leaves his unconscious in chaos, as his power is not only being questioned, but by a woman as well. The following pieces of art in this exhibit visually depict the regions of personality and the role they play not only in power, but the journey to obtaining a clear and sound mind.

This may seem like a dream, but the powerful Id of Antigone's unconscious allows her to dominate Creon's weak mind, even though she is a woman.
What may seem right out of "Alice in Wonderland", this piece demonstrates the mental attack of Creon, as his laws and rule are protested by a woman, which is simply unheard of, much like this fantasy.
Freud notes that unconscious desires are difficult to read and fathom, much like this piece. As Antigone was able to recognize and bring meaning to her unconscious she brought peace to her mind.
Personality is not considered at face value, as the meaning behind one's personality lies within their unconscious. Fear and desire lie deep in the unconscious, to be displayed through personality.
A balance, such as this, would have been helpful for Creon as he let his hunger for power take over his unconscious, rather then reaching his ego, ultimately destroying his family and rule.
While Creon made his point and avoids death, his son wife and other around him are not so lucky. Through his search to maintain power, Creon has become closer with death as it lurks over his shoulder.
Judgement day may not be what Antigone is concerned about, but unlike Creon, she is able to reach peace in her mind through the burial of her brother, thus she welcomes in the afterlife with Hades.
While Antigone welcomes the afterlife, Creon faces hell on earth, unlike the heaven depicted here, for he thought of himself over his kingdom, an act unforgivable by the Gods.
As the worst crime is to disobey one's city, Creon is left to deal with the disaster his kingdom has become. Not as severe as Pompeii, but nonetheless Creon is without the faith of his people.
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