Title

Rising From the Ashes: Sherlock as an Example of Integration through Destruction

Date

5-30-2013 3:15 PM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

Communication Studies

Session Chair

Emily Plec

Session Title

Top Papers in Media & Rhetorical Criticism

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Emily Plec

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In this paper, I analyze the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) show Sherlock, using episode three of season two, “The Reichenbach Fall” as the central focus. I use Jung’s psychoanalytic approach to the psyche, Sigmund Freud’s pleasure principle, and Christian Metz’s explanation of voyeurism to analyze the events within the episode and their significance. I argue that there are two major archetypes represented within the episode by the two main characters, Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty. Furthermore, I propose both Freud’s pleasure principle and Merz’s definition of voyeurism offer explanations for the actions taken by both characters. I conclude by showing how Sherlock, as a character, exemplifies the integration of the psyche through destruction, the integration that we as a society cannot have.

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May 30th, 3:15 PM

Rising From the Ashes: Sherlock as an Example of Integration through Destruction

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

In this paper, I analyze the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) show Sherlock, using episode three of season two, “The Reichenbach Fall” as the central focus. I use Jung’s psychoanalytic approach to the psyche, Sigmund Freud’s pleasure principle, and Christian Metz’s explanation of voyeurism to analyze the events within the episode and their significance. I argue that there are two major archetypes represented within the episode by the two main characters, Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty. Furthermore, I propose both Freud’s pleasure principle and Merz’s definition of voyeurism offer explanations for the actions taken by both characters. I conclude by showing how Sherlock, as a character, exemplifies the integration of the psyche through destruction, the integration that we as a society cannot have.