Issue 3.1: The Masks We Wear
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, According to Jungian Psychology [A Symbolic and Psychological Analysis]
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Table of Contents (Vol. 3, Issue 1: Sun., May 1, 2022)
Summary & Housekeeping
Feature: “The Masks We Wear” (~27 minute read)
Food for Talk: Discussion Prompts
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Today, we’ll begin our descent into the depths of the human psyche by examining one of Jungian psychology’s central concepts—the persona—as depicted in the Nintendo 64 classic, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
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Feature: “The Masks We Wear”
Welcome to Game & Word Tour Operators, LLC, and thank you for joining us for our once-in-a-lifetime “Depths of the Human Mind” adventure package! During this journey, we will descend into the very center of the psyche, learn how our minds work, and tug on the very fabric of reality. If we’re really fortunate, we may even get to connect with the ultimate intelligence of the universe, if only for an instant.
But beware, as this trip is not for the faint of heart. A mind can be a place of discovery, wonder, happiness, and awe. But just like the humans that manifest it, each mind also houses evil, violence, cruelty, and sorrow. No two journeys into even the same mind ever turn out alike, and you must be prepared for the possibility of learning things you’d rather have left unlearnt.
But fear not! You’ll never be in any actual danger, for our vehicle for this journey is a very powerful vessel, indeed: the artistic, narrative, and educational medium of video games.
Thanks to video games, we can take these journeys from the comfort of our living rooms, during our bathroom breaks, while in line at the DMV, or during long flights. And when the journey ends, we’ll be right back where we started, where we were all along. Our minds take the journey, while our bodies stay put.
Though that begs the question: to paraphrase Morpheus from The Matrix, if something is real only in your mind, doesn’t that mean your mind makes it real?
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Today, we won’t go quite that deep. We’re not trying to fry your brain here! Well, not too much, anyway. So we’ll start with something easier to grasp and process: our personalities. And our learning material is a beloved gaming classic: The Legend of Zelda, Majora’s Mask. Are you ready? Then please review the following safety instructions before we depart:
🚨🚨🚨 SPOILER ALERT 🚨🚨🚨
This article contains visual, plot, and thematic spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. You've been warned!
⚠️⚠️⚠️ CONTENT WARNING ⚠️⚠️⚠️
This article contains discussions of death, mental/emotional distress, and despair, as well as visual depictions of physical and emotional pain. If these topics upset you, please proceed with caution. Section(s) discussing these topics will be clearly labeled under the subhead.
All ready? Then please buckle your seatbelts, keep your arms and legs inside the car for the duration of the voyage, and make sure your complimentary vial of emergency smelling salts remains within easy reach at all times!1