This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. All Languages. More filters. Sort order. Dorrie rated it really liked it Oct 12, Dei marked it as to-read Dec 10, Joanne marked it as to-read Jun 07, Jsazzad marked it as to-read Sep 21, Moboy marked it as to-read Jan 06, Joy Singh added it Jun 20, Alaby Raig marked it as to-read Nov 28, Ali Sultan marked it as to-read May 28, Monik marked it as to-read Sep 07, Mothilal marked it as to-read Apr 24, When Thomas awakens her sexuality with that hard kiss he gives her in his office which she rejects by biting him , then later he invites her to his home at night for a drink—and he talks about sex with her—we assume he is being the stereotypical male lecher trying to take advantage of a pretty young woman, offering her career advancement in exchange for a sexual favour.
She tries masturbating the next morning, but she sees her mother sleeping in a chair by her bed. This would seem to be yet another example of her mother not respecting her boundaries and invading her privacy. Object relations theorists like Klein wrote of how we all make internalized objects of our early caregivers, i. These internal objects reside in our minds like ghosts in, so to speak, the haunted houses of our heads; they are homunculi in us. Of course, Erica carries that protection way too far, and far too often, making her into the bad mother.
This frustration results in the defence mechanism of splitting into absolute good white swan and absolute bad black swan.
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The problem is that if Nina keeps rejecting these beta elements over time, never processing these taboo thoughts or allowing them to settle in her mind as alpha elements , the rejected beta elements will accumulate and become what Bion called bizarre objects , hallucinatory projections of herself e. Nina is constantly projecting her inner dark side. According to classical psychoanalytic theory, children go through an Oedipal phase, usually loving and desiring the opposite-sex parent and hating the same-sex parent, wishing to remove this latter one out of jealousy.
These children normally outgrow this phase and develop heterosexual feelings for people outside the family. She is in no Oedipal love triangle, only a dyad. Some bloggers have speculated that Erica has sexually abused Nina, thus causing her pathologies.
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Bion elaborated on the Oedipus myth by focusing on how reluctant Tiresias was to tell the incestuous, patricidal Theban king that it was he who killed his father Laius Bion , p. In the lesbian sex scene fantasy, Nina has an acceptable sexual substitute for Erica in Lily; Nina has displaced her desire onto an object outside her family. Another way for Nina to disavow her negative Oedipus complex is through reaction formation , i. Nina must come to grips with this duality. Though Nina has struggled to avoid the integration of white and black, and thus to know herself -K , she has also, in her quest to perfect the role of Swan Queen, been forced to approach that self-knowledge K.
After all, who would want to have conscious knowledge that he or she had incestuous desires for his or her mother? In her drive to attain perfection, her ballerina ideal, Nina sees herself in the mirror and hallucinates that her reflection is moving in ways that she herself is not. On the one hand, Nina is alienated from herself when she sees her reflection, but when she faces other people—as if they were her mirror reflection—she often sees herself as a result of projective and introjective identification.
The film expresses the universal idea that the self, or subject, is seen in the other, or object, and vice versa. She projects her black onto Lily and Erica, and she projects in the forms of vomiting into toilets, self-injury, and pulling a hallucinated black feather out of her back. Though Erica is as annoyingly overprotective as always, she—as the good mother—is justified in trying to intervene when she can see that Nina is clearly going insane. Her suffering from the paranoid-schizoid position is at its peak when she rushes over to the ballet company to ensure that she , and not she imagines usurping Lily, will perform as the Swan Queen.
During her performance as the White Swan, she hallucinates seeing her own face on one of the heads of the corps de ballet , giving her a jolt and causing her male dancing partner to drop her onstage.
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She goes back onstage as the Black Swan, fully transformed. No longer is she in conflict about it; she fully accepts and embraces her dark side. She even hallucinates seeing her arms turn into black wings, and she grins at the transformation. Never does she notice her stab wound; nor does the audience, who loves her performance. She goes offstage and kisses Thomas hard on the mouth, as if she were Lily. Finally, she is seducing him , instead of the other way around.
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Back in her change room, Nina must become the White Swan again; not just for the sake of the ballet, but because she can be neither only black, nor only white. Lily…dressed in an all white ballet outfit! Nina realizes she never stabbed Lily. Pulling out a shard of mirror glass from her bleeding gut, Nina weeps.
Her persecutor has never been Lily, nor has she even been Erica in her bad mother mode.
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Fully integrated now, Nina no longer sees people in terms of all good or all bad, for she understands how illusory her projections are. Nina weeps copious tears as she prepares to go back onstage as the White Swan presumably having bandaged her stomach as best she can , for she has switched from the paranoid-schizoid position to the depressive position. By stabbing herself, Nina was trying to stab the bad mother object inside herself, something projected onto Lily.
Now she fears having killed her internal mother object, which means also killing herself. Thus sobbing Nina feels depressive , rather than persecutory, anxiety. Back onstage, she has a sorrowful face as she dances in the finale, as brilliantly as always. Red is visible on her belly, the blood gushing out of a vulva-like wound suggesting the symbolic breaking of her hymen, her loss of virginity and innocence.
Is her mother—the good mother—watching her in the audience, tearfully moved by her performance, or is Nina just imagining her there, as part of her depressive wish for reparation with Erica? And Keith Kennedy held his parties.
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He was the principal of Our Lady, which was connected by passageways to his body shop in South Omaha. Time enough later to let her in on it. It had been right to tell, though, Sister Agnes notwithstanding. All the costumes or rituals, all religions. Rosemary : We could have done it this morning or tonight. Neither is Laura-Louise nor is Dr.
You have to be under 60 to get in. I want vitamins in pills like everyone else. Sapirstein is. Rosemary : Shut up!
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