… We should not be surprised to find distinctly ‘Freudian’
concepts under the surface of this set-up.
Freud’s ‘Oedipal Complex’, after all, was derived from
a Greek Tragic Play current in the Fifth Century BC.
George is ‘Ich’, the ‘I’, or Ego.
His parents are ‘Uber Ich’, the ‘Over I’, or Super Ego.
The dragon is ‘Das Es’, the ‘It’, or Id.
The ‘Witch-of-the Wood’ is the Shadow in the Subconscious Mind
where the Id is forced to reside.
The Ego and Super Ego reside in the Conscious Mind.
The Ego is predominantly Subjective.
The Super Ego is predominantly Objective.
Under ‘normal circumstances’ the Ego and Super Ego
subdue the Id, moulding it to societal demands
and creating an eidolon, or false image, to satisfy the status quo.
In the case of the Hero,
the Ego ‘kills’, or overcomes, the Super Ego,
and is then ‘swallowed’, or taken into
the Subconscious Mind where it encounters the Id…
This was the ‘subconscious fear’,
or ‘prophetic dream’, of the Super Ego,
which intuitively recognises its child as the Id, or dragon.
But what happens next?