Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalysis And The Characters In Amy Sherman Palladino's Gilmore Girls

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Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls, essentially wrote the show about nothing. After not having a job for years, Sherman had writer’s block. On television, everything she saw seemed the same, identical characters and paralleling plots, she desired to create something different. Once, she had visited the small town of Washington, Connecticut and loved the “everyone knows everything” idea. So she thought, “Why not make a show about it?” After tweaks by the production company, Gilmore Girls was born. Although it is a show about a single mom, by nitpicking through character’s witty banter, one can see the philosophical aspects of the show. One of Sherman’s main goals was to create no analogous characters. In this attempt, she made them all have extreme personalities. Lorelai, the single mother, usually only thinks of herself. Her daughter, Rory, is what keeps her in check. Rory is logical and uses reason to contradict Lorelai’s carelessness. Emily, Lorelai’s people-pleasing mother, is engrossed with society’s views and hardly thinks of her or anyone else’s happiness. When examining these characters, one can see that they closely relate to conflicts that arise in our own mind on a day-to-day basis. The main characters in Gilmore Girls parallel Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis of the mind.

Sigmund Freud believes the id is innate in a child, it acts on pure immediate pleasure. As the child grows older, it develops the regulatory ego which confronts the self-indulgent id with logical choices. As some people age, their ego might not develop as expected. Lorelai Gilmore is Freud’s idea of the id, embodied. When she makes choices, logic is usually an afterthought as she generally thinks only of her happiness. Throughout the series, the viewer can tell that Lorelai has a deeper connection with the owner of a diner, Luke Danes, than most men in her life. Eventually, Luke and Lorelai begin to date. When Luke discovers that Lorelai has been dishonest with him, they break up. When she tries to confront him, Luke tells her that he just needs some time to think and to leave him alone. Lorelai spirals into a deep depression, constantly breaks down crying, and stays in bed for days at a time. In a later episode, “Say Something,” she makes a rash decision and calls Luke. She leaves an impetuous message on his answering machine, begging him to come over, because she needs to see him. When referring to the id, Freud says, “It has no organization, produces no collective will, but only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle” (Freud PG #). In this situation, Lorelai does not consider the fact that Luke told her not to call for a reason; she disregards everyone else’s wishes and only thinks of what will please her at the moment. Later on in the series, she starts seeing Christopher, Rory’s father, again. Christopher takes her on a vacation to Paris, and Lorelai is reminded...

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