The Lighthouse Film Analysis | Proteus & Prometheus

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“Do you want to see what was inside the lighthouse? My last assistant asked me. O the floating and freely melting apostasy in the mind … Sacred shame and fears.” And no man sent to the maritime paradise does not suffer nor pain. -The Lighthouse Movie (2019)

the lighthouse film analizi

Before moving on to The Lighthouse film analysis, we will discuss what the characters in the film symbolize. Already after the outline of the analysis will not even need. The reason we do this is just like the other movies that we chose to analyze on this blog, and this movie is either liked or hated. It seems that some points need to be clarified about the scenario. Because when we don’t know these main lines, the film becomes really unclear about what the media is. But on the contrary, it gives tremendous pleasure to consciousness. That’s why I love metaphorization and symbolism. Like some kind of magic. Readers who regret watching the movie will be woow as if they had touched a magic wand. I know because it happened in the block’s high-traffic and beloved “Mother Film Analysis”. 🙂

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“Proteus” by Andrea Alciato from The Book of Emblems (1531)

Proteus: Proteus is a sea god from the early woolly mythology that can change its form as it wishes and enter into continuous form. The word ean protean gelen, which means “variable, renegade e in English, comes from this mythological background. In some ancient sources, this character is identified with Poseidon’s son and in others with an old, grumpy and cunning man. It symbolizes the sea that ripples, changes form due to its waves, rinses, rises, and changes character with storms. Psychiatrist and writer Robert Jay Lifton used this term to describe our ever-changing characters and incorporated it into the psychology literature. Lifton in his Prote The Protean Self tez thesis; Için In order to keep pace with today’s ever-changing civilization, which is different every day, we, like this Greek god Protean, are changing forms, combining new psychological characters, stretching our character, and adapting quickly. ” This continuous cycle of change becomes a kind of dependence over time, causing the superficiality of the character and a psychological gap. According to Lifton, ultimately, those who have such personality do not like their tür real self ında in the background of their separation from an internal unity. They begin to shape their lives according to the expectations of the people (or authorities) they want to please.

Homer describes Proteus as “the old man inde in his“ Odysseia ”and describes his transformation from the moment of difficult situations and crises:

“But the games played by the old man did not end;

On the contrary, he first turned into a mustache lion,

Then a snake, a leopard, a huge wild boar;

And then up into a long, green tree… ”

Proteus; He knew everything, including the past, present and future. He had a gift for the mind, but he didn’t like to explain what he knew. Those who wanted to consult him had to confuse and tie him during his afternoon sleep. Even when he was caught, he tried to escape in any shape. But if the captive caught him quickly, he would return to the proper shape, give the desired answer and dive into the sea. And according to mythology, his answer would be the most reliable truth. (This shows in the film that Thomas, Proteus, takes the form of a dog in the final. He then tells the truth.)

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“Prometheus Carrying Fire” – Jan Cossiers (1600-1671) – Prado Museum

Prometheus: Another character is Prometheus. A Greek mythology character that we are more familiar with than Protheus ’The gods of Olympos are powerful and mighty; Prometheus is intelligent, creative and intelligent. First of all, he is the human friend of Zeus. Legend has it that Zeus is very angry with Prometheus for not obeying and punishing the people he created and loved from clay. First, people bury all the nutrients in the ground so they can’t find them easily. Then the most important weapon, the “Fire of Knowledge,” he hid from them. Because he’s afraid that people will rebel against him. But Prometheus, knowing that it was a grave crime, decided to take this fire of knowledge to people. So people will be able to see the truth and rebel against the cruel Zeus. In the early morning, he takes the “narthex” flower that looks very similar to fire and sets out. He reaches the fire on Mount Ida, where the gods live. The guards are asleep. He secretly takes the fire of information and puts the narthex flower instead of being noticed, and takes the fire of information to the people. It is now the duty of people to protect this fire without extinguishing it. Prometheus thus took his revenge on Zeus.

When Zeus finds out, he freaks out and gives Prometheus a terrible punishment. He chained him to a large rock in the Caucasus Mountains. He sends an eagle every day, feeding Prometheus’ liver. At night, the liver regenerates and the regenerated liver becomes the eagle’s meal the next day. This is an endless torture. Prometheus endures without losing hope. Indeed, 30 years later, Heracles (Hercules) came and rescued Prometheus.

The name Prometheus consists of the words “Pro” and “Metheus”. Pro means “first“ as you might expect. Greek means premature. The origin of the word Metheus is the word “math olan, which is the origin of the word mathematics in English. Math means learning in wool. So Prometheus; pre-learning, pre-knowing, calculating means. If we need to Turkish, we can say the mind first. (I love etymology, I can only blog on etymology pages I think :))

In an interview with the film, Eggers gives direct reference to these two mythological heroes. In his interview, he says that Protheus and Prometheus have never met in mythology, but this is the case in this film. He adds: unuz You know, the classic writers of his time have always done that. ”So the director says it’s always been necessary to take ancient and mythical heroes and put them in difficult situations and look at how they will behave. Here we understand that; Written and visual history for directors and screenwriters is actually a kind of pantry. It is indeed a pleasure to enter this cellar, poke the dusty shelves and bring together materials that never come together, and see what will come out.

the smalls lighthouse

The screenplay is based on a real tragedy where two British lighthouse protectors, both Thomas, are stranded on the island during a 4-month storm. Traditionally, British lighthouses had two men assigned to long shifts in isolation. In 1801, Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith’s two-man team was assigned to the Smalls Lighthouse. Thomas Griffith became ill and his colleague did everything he could to help him, but he could not. For a while, although Thomas Howell kept the body of his friend, who was not well off and often fought with him, in the shelter, after a while he couldn’t stop the smell and put a wooden coffin and put it in the lighthouse railings. As the storm didn’t go further, the coffin was torn apart by the waves and the corpse inside it was so attached to the railing that the authorities came to the island to rescue Howell 4 months later, showing Griffith’s body with his finger. Inspired by this extraordinary story, director and screenwriter Robert Eggers, together with his brother Max Eggers, add a mythological sauce to this story, which brings out 8.1 points in imdb, which is very satisfying in terms of visual and acting.

Now that we’ve collected all the materials inspired by The Lighthouse, we can now understand better. The story of Prometheus matches the script exactly. Prometheus spins spirally to the ascending mountain (olympus = the body of the lighthouse). He experiences the forbidden light and punishes the seagulls alive. To know symbolism and to see symbols; it makes a mediocre and boring film so enjoyable. It’s like looking at a live painting… In fact, in the same interview, the director states that they were inspired by some paintings about the final of the film. As painter Jean Delville’s painting “Prometheus…, eth Prometheus’s light plays from the gods is a beautiful and sad theft…

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“Prometheus” – Jean Delville – The Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels

Against Prometheus’ rational and transmitting side, Proteus was selfish and grumpy. As a matter of fact, he left his family just for the sake of the lighthouse and he was drawn to the loneliness caused by the constant change that Psychiatrist Lifton pointed out. I think, at this point, the conflict of characters is actually a reference to the conflict of man with himself. Because at some point in the film, the characters Thomas and Ephraim were portrayed as imaginative. Which Ephraim was constantly seeing hallucinations. As such; human beings are rational, logical and compatible with the universe, their holistic and individual and self-directed aspects are constantly in conflict. In other words, the human actually wants to take the light from its own Olympus, its own Zeus, its own lighthouse, remove it from its hidden place and give it to itself again. In order to reach totality, pure peace…

I know it was a very deep perspective, but the message has gone to its destination and is written beyond time. Maybe now he might open something up to someone who reads this article 10 years later, just like the comments written and inspired by the blog post 7 years ago. 🙂

the lighthouse film analizi zamanın ötesi

The lighthouse symbolizes the mountain of Olympus, at the top of which the light of knowledge is actually a kind of forbidden apple. phallus; symbol of power. It is also used in archeology terminology for penis shaped structures and objects. Yönetmen When two men are left alone in a phallus, things don’t go so well, Yönetmen the director said. In fact, we see this theme clearly because there is a battle throughout the film to control the light at the top of the lighthouse.

So what is the miracle in this light? Undoubtedly, light represents knowledge as in the myth of Prometheus. Knowledge of good and evil is also knowledge of power, power, and rule. In all religious books, it is mentioned that Eve and Adam had knowledge of good and evil after eating the forbidden apple and now they are like gods. The light in the lighthouse is a click of this knowledge, pure wisdom. So knowledge of everything. To illustrate this, I will give an example of Kabbalah symbolism:

kabala sefirot ışık
Kabala hayat ağacı, 10 sefirot ve insan bedeni

Kabala; divides creation into 10 spheres and attributes a human angel to each sphere. A conceptual map of the human and the universe is drawn through concepts such as understanding, wisdom, power, goodness, beauty. Sufism is the equivalent of esma. According to Kabbalah, every feature in human beings is like a container. Pure divine light begins to enter human beings from the top, the crown. At this stage the light is infinitely bright. One cannot fully see and experience this light. However, the “Crown ebilir can try to the width of the container. Light flows from this container to other containers just like a liquid. The larger the cups, the greater the capacity to receive light, the closer the divine wisdom, the original experience. If the containers are weak, either they cannot shed enough light or they are completely broken by the intensity of the light. Of course, I’m telling you as much as we need, simplifying it pretty much.

Here is the breaking of such a container in the last scene. Our hero Ephraim, who symbolized Prometheus, was entitled to face the light, but it was both his reward and his punishment because he attempted it when he was not ready enough. His intention was to steal the light and perhaps use it again for his own selfish desires.… Perhaps the light only appears to those who deserve it without harming themselves…

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The Lighthouse filminin final sahnelerinden biri ve Sascha Schneider’ın 1904 yapımı “Hypnosis” adlı eseri.

Although there are many symbols to interpret, Lovecraft references, Edgar Allan Poe, the mermaid and more, I leave the rest to the imagination of the valuable readers. As you know, we do not end our analysis of any film with a definite interpretation because it is against art itself. Every director, every writer is delighted that his work leaves a different taste and meaning in every mind. Then art and artwork have served their true purpose. You can also share your own conclusions in comments, write metaphors I missed. For a similar lighthouse symbolism, see “Annihilation | Disappearance Film Analysis”.

With the hope and hope of finding the light of wisdom within us, not outside.

Let him play in the background while thinking:

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