also seem to evidence this theory, and her cold relationship with Asuka (Id and Super-ego being diametrically opposed) also further this theory. A. According to Freud, the ego and the superego are constructed by introjecting external behavior into the subject's own persona. This is where comparison begins to get a bit shaky. In part because I’m stubborn and I don’t like to quit things until the job is done, but also because I might still be wrong about Evangelion’s end game. Adam Shaftoe: Critic and Author What is Neon Genesis Evangelion and Why you Should (not) Watch it on Revangelion: Part 1 – The Cruel Angel Attack; Adam Shaftoe: Critic and Author » Revangelion: Part 16 – The Cruel Sickness Unto Death, and Then… on Revangelion: Part 11 – In the Cruel Still Darkness Logic Extremists | Azimuth on Logic Extremism in Star Trek Discovery According to Freud, the part of the psyche that acts according to this principle is the id. Kensuke tends to think things through more sensibly and logically. In short, both. I have had some very dark moments in my life. [retrospective note: flash back to part 11 of this series where I postulate that Evangelion is a dogma, accessible only to acolytes and inherently alienating to those not inclined to BELIEVE.]. Indeed, it is an MFA candidate’s delight of subtexts and nuances housed in a conversation where Shinji is represented as a vertical line on the screen and a more self-reflective version of Shinji is represented as a horizontal line on the screen. The Sickness Unto Death is a companion piece to the Concept of Anxiety, which is also a "psychological" work, and moves beyond the earlier preliminary psychological considerations of anxiety in the face of freedom or anxiety derived from and leading to sin. Shinji Prime recalls Gendo’s praise from episode 12, and Bizarro Shinji says, “You’re going to keep nursing that tiny bit of happiness for the rest of your life” Shinji Prime responds, “If I believe in those words I can go on living.”. It is implied that the effects of destrudo manifest in a living being's A.T. Field. In reflecting on this project, I can see how my willingness to give Evangelion the benefit of the doubt ebbed since the early episodes. While NERV searches for a means of destroying the Angel--even if that means killing Shinji as well--Shinji languishes inside the entry plug, pondering his role as a pilot and his relationship with the people in his life. One emotion is usually Otherwise, what’s the point of getting out of bed in the morning? The first title of Episode 16, Sickness unto death, and..., is a reference to a book by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Evangelion takes suffering and uses it as a rationalization for why humanity can’t be redeemed. An infant derives pleasure from having things in their mouth at this stage. It is a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings toward a person or thing. This usually occurs during the early states of life when a child is totally dependent on their parents. The writing is collapsing its orbit around cruelty as a thesis. Freud says this on the Death Drive: "an urge inherent in all organic life to restore an earlier state of things". This may be evidence of a weakened ego, but for now, it will be left at that. [retrospective note: I suspect my past-self wanted you to read the first line in this essay in the fashion of Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith.]. All of the forms of despair, according to Kierkegaard, involve a failure to be a human being in the fullest possible sense. Evangelion disagrees. If either goes berserk, then her best chance of minimizing damage is becoming a giant punching bag. This is a concept created by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. Then we'll detonate all the mines simultaneously, which will somehow result in recovering Unit-01! The song Thanatos used during the anime is usually related to Rei. In the episode this term is referring to Shinji's thoughts about fighting Evangelion Unit-03. Gendo pairs Shinji with people who present him with the polar opposites of love and hate, sometimes at the exact same moment, to keep him unbalanced. In defiance of those moments, I held to the notion that humanity is more good than it is bad. Libido describes a psychic energy that arises from the Life Drive (Eros). The Evangelions represent the unconscious, LCL represents the Libido, the soul inside EVA-01 represents part of Shinji's anima, the soul inside EVA-02 represents Asuka's anima, Rei is part of Shinji's anima, Eva-00 has no resident soul and AT Field represents barrier between consciousness and unconscious.