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Portrayals Of Spiritual Possessions In The Media And Literature

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The term possession is widely accepted as being "influenced or controlled by something (as an evil spirit, a passion, or an idea)". (Merriam-Webster) There have been numerous cases of spiritual possessions that causes harm to peoples. According to the Spiritual Research Foundation, to be possessed by spirits means that "the physical, mental, intellectual or spiritual functioning of a person if affected or altered" by such spirits. In both definitions, there is a common ground that spirits take control of whatever they inhabit. Throughout history, there have been occurrences of spiritual possessions of mostly toys or humans. Due to the media's over exaggeration of these "true ...view middle of the document...

Chucky is one of the most popular spiritual possession examples in media. Being the antagonist in the famous 1988 film Child’s Play, he was a living doll. Prior to that, he was a serial killer by the name of Charles Lee Ray. In the beginning of the film we see that he is being chased down by a police officer. After being abandoned by his partner in crime, Charles Lee Ray was left alone to be caught. Eventually, Charles does get pinned and in an attempt to save his life he uses some kind of ritual to transfer his soul into a “Good Guy” doll. Chucky, Charles nickname, was given as a gift to a little boy, Andy who desperately wanted it. Throughout the film, Chucky is seen running around committing murders and causing mayhem. Although the viewers know that he is the one killing everyone, no one in the film knows except for Andy. Later on, the adults believe Andy after being confronted by Chucky himself.
Chucky is seen as a fearsome figure not only because he is a serial killer, but because he is a living doll. People are not accustomed to seeing toys acting by themselves. We are thrown off at the fact that these dolls are able to walk and talk. At first, we do not know how to handle such a scenario because there are not many reports of possessed toys. The lack of possession occurrences in toys only makes the toys more dangerous in the case that they really are inhabited by spirits. Therefore, we are put on guard with almost everything we buy because we do not know which toys are possessed and which are not. Chucky shows us that toys are able to attack at any time, which puts the victim in a vulnerable spot. We also tend to forget that despite the fact that Chucky is only a doll, he still has his physical strength from his real self.
The “Good Guy” doll, Chucky is chosen to be the “monster” of the film because it is a kid’s toy. In knowing that the majority of the people are afraid of things that are obviously deemed as a monster, Chucky plays a role in which he acts “behind the scenes” for half of the movie. By picking a kid’s toy, the director Tom Holland knew that no one would believe a child when he says that his doll is the only killing people. He lets the viewers side with the child, while the adults in the movie are oblivious. They are only oblivious because Andy is a child, and spewing absurd things out of his mouth. Who would believe that a doll that cannot move be able to commit such a crime? Andy is only a child and children tend to tell adults lies. The adults played it off that Andy was speaking nonsense, but was more assertive of him because he was blaming a doll. It was so assertive that he was put in a mental hospital.
Chucky is a symbol in spiritual possession of human’s lack of control. Andy’s mom and the police officer’s lack of control over because they basically let Chucky roam as a free doll at first. With him being a free doll, he was able to roam around and freely take revenge on the people...

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