Human Subconcious. Analysis Of The Two Books "Sphere" And "The Left Hand Of Darkness" By Ursula K. Le Guin, And The Movie "Enemy Mine"

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In the past two millenniums, humans' situation has evolved a lot. We have come a long waysince the Roman empire. Many new types of technologies have been discovered anddeveloped. Today, our knowledge and understanding of different types of phenomenons haveincreased tremendously. Among other things, we have been able to understand how natureworks and how we have been created. We even considered the fact that we might not be theonly civilization in this immense universe. Yet, there is still one big gap to be filled; we stilldon't understand how human nature works. Human nature is a very difficult concept tounderstand. This is because each person has its own personality, behaviour, beliefs and values.It should be in our best interest to understand ourselves in order to prevent problems andconflicts caused by disagreements between ourselves. Nowadays we live in difficult periods;many conflicts, crimes and other problems occur very often. We don't really realize it but mostof these problems are due to our lack of understanding each other and even ourselves... In thissense, we could say that humans are not aware of their own blindness. To prove this I'll beanalyzing two books we read (Sphere & The Left Hand of Darkness) and a movie we saw(Enemy Mine) trying to see what kind of ideas each story shows about human nature.In a first place, Sphere tries to emphasize the idea that most of us tend to ignore oursubconscious. We all had a fear, an idea or a dream that we don't want to talk about.Sometimes it could be strange thoughts that we had or something similar. We don't want totalk about them because they shock us and they make us feel uncomfortable. Often we don'teven realize when these thoughts happen because it all happens in our subconscious. Thesubconscious is the part of our mind that holds the forbidden, the unknown of us, and all thepart of us that we're afraid to show. Jung's theory of the subconscious calls this the Shadow.In Sphere we have some examples of people who are not able to control their Shadow and whosuffer due to their wild imagination. Our subconscious also holds a lot of preconceptions andmisconceptions about a multitude of things. For example in Sphere, when the charactersexplore the ship, they see many things similar to the ones they know exist on earth. This isbecause their subconscious is creating all what they see. They have preconceptions about howthe inside of a space shuttle should look like, and this it's why all the things appear familiar tothem. In this sense, we could compare the attitude of the characters from Sphere with peoplefrom our society who have preconceived ideas and misconceptions about a number of things.For example, let's say someone invites you to eat at an Indian restaurant and, while you mayhave never tried one, you already think that the food is disgusting. This is because we have apreconceived idea of Indian food.In a second place, in The Left Hand of Darkness we have an analyze of the behaviour of...

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