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
Game & Word-of-Mouth
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?