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A Freudian View of Cruel Intentions In a movie like Cruel Intentions which is filled with sex and sexual relations between its characters a man such as Sigmund Freud would relish in the realization that the characters have about their own sexuality The two main characters Sidney and Sebastian begin the movie with little more than a basic yearning to fulfill the desires of their ID Both characters express overtly sexual behavior and desires to be at the top of the social class through whatever means necessary The lack of parental influence exhibited in the movie about high school students explains why the two characters have minimal development in their egos The actions of Sidney in particular exemplify the ID characteristics When a man scorns Sidney she immediately devises a plan for revenge that will give her satisfaction by causing pain to others These apparent actions of the ID are also tied in with actions of the superego Sidney attempts to take actions to fulfill the desires of her ID Freud states these as actions of the superego Sidneys casual use of illicit drugs is another example of her ID being the ruling system of her personality Sebastian begins the movie using predominately his ID and evolves to gradually utilize a healthy combination of his ego and superego as well Throughout the movie Sebastians realization of his true feelings and beliefs allow him to successfully utilize the potential of his ego and superego while minimizing the actions he takes in order to fulfill the needs of his ID Unfortunately in the movie Sebastian dies shortly after realizing the full potential of his psyche to balance each different facet of Freuds neurology Sebastian relates to his stepsister Sidney by initially expressing a passionate desire for the lustful conquest of her body When Sebastian begins to have feelings for another individual he sees that the lustful desires for his forbidden stepsister are no longer present and they
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