Eros & Thanatos
I just saw Bunuel’s Exterminating Angel and thought I’d repost this.
Eros and Thanatos
This essay will discuss sexuality in the films of Bobcat Goldthwaite and Luis Bunuel. This will be undertaken through an analysis of the life and death drives referred to, Sigmund Freud, as Eros (God of Love) and what post Freudian analysts have termed, the death drive of Thanatos (God of Death).
Eros is the life force. This includes creativity, sexual instincts, and the ego instinct of self-preservation. Thanatos, is the unconscious drive towards death and dissolution, eventually resulting in self-destruction via ego-splitting and conspiracy to annihilate anything of decency. Eros is not simply a self-preservation instinct often confused with self-centeredness or narcissism (Coleman, 2006, p. 257). Eros encompasses the act of creation on every level. The Eros life force propels one to leave a lasting legacy and to procreate. This drives people towards sexual relations in that they not only want to live, but…
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