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Analysis of Excalibur(1981 film)

Exaclibur came out of the lake of the Collective Unconscious and empowered King Arthur. Exaclibur, together with the guidance given by Merlin (who came from the subconscious), helped Arthur bring forth order and prosperity in the form of Camelot; the synchronisation and harmonising of the conscious and unconscious. Excalibur symbolically linked Arthur to Merlin.
As Arthur thrived and prospered, so too did the land; he and the land were one.

The Dragon, which Merlin calls forth to power his spells, is an omnipotent entity, a being of pure energy that permeates creation.


Bloodborne lore

Bloodborne game lore:

Cursed Land
Hidden amongst the furthest reaches of the treacherous eastern mountains, the city of Yharnam lies in seclusion.
An affliction has cursed the city for countless ages, an endemic nightmare known only as the Scourge of the Beast.
Those afflicted by this sickness lose all sense of reason, transforming into what can only be described as beasts.
Night after night, “hunters” arise to cleanse the streets of these horrors.

Dark, overcast clouds hover ominously above the city of Yharnam and Yharnam’s many spiked steeples, baroque cathedrals, cobbled stone pathways, mansions and sewers. Yharnam is a labyrinthine city steeped in ancient architecture, almost resembling Victorian London. Upon walking around the winding streets and alleyways, you may begin to wonder why this city seems always so desolate like your city on a cold morning; the carriages are found disused and in a state of disrepair without their horses, there is debris everywhere and great fires have been lit on the wider streets with no celebrant in sight. Surely something is amiss?

Most of the denizens of Yharnam have banded together in motley mobs, armed to the teeth with whatever they could find like pitchforks, sabres, muskets and torches. Their addiction to the life-giving blood ministrations has driven any semblance of self-control and reason from them, now they are beasts or far worse as they attack any outsiders they come across without provocation, much like a pack of rabid dogs would attack a wanderer. The blood is life, as what one important figure used to say. What can be said of allies to your cause, willing or unwilling?

The few remaining denizens of Yharnam, who have not lost their sanity, have decided to board themselves up in their own homes and mansions, hoping that the blood-crazed Yharnam mobs, misshapen Ogres, oversized Ravens and bestial werewolves would leave them undisturbed during one of those Nights; the Nights being those evenings when literally the hellish denizens of Yharnam are set loose..

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The Matrix

The Matrix never gets old. Each time I watch it, I uncover and learn new things, underlying analogies that can be applied to our world like slicing through layers of an onion.

Neo slowly came to realise how shallow and superficial his current Reality was so he began to look inwards to himself and look for answers to his life’s purpose. That started with confronting his Truths head on by swallowing the Red Pill. In a way, his old-Self died after taking the Red pill and he was reborn anew into a world where machines and AI harvested humans as an energy source while retarding their awareness of their current situation by making them believe that the Matrix was all that there was to their Reality and nothing more. Another religious interpretation could be that Neo was baptised as soon as he woke up from his artificial pod as soon as he took the Red pill, realising in horror that most of Humanity was unaware of its slavery.

You could say the Matrix is an analogy of Mass media as, apart from informing the Public in a limited role, its main function is to encourage division among people with different beliefs/ philosophies and to warp the Realities of its viewers by feeding them with limited, biased information.

You could also say the Machines are like the Elite and their enforcers (police, military etc) whether in the triangular Capitalist or rectangular Communist/ Fascist regimes. The Machines are cold and unfeeling, much like some political/ corporate leaders who are psychopaths and who own the Mass media, controlling the flow of information.

The Oracle, who advised if Neo was The One, was really testing Neo to see if he could live up to his potential after Neo saw the sign “Know thyself”. When she told him the bad news, it destroyed his confidence and made his Conscious and Subconscious Minds fall out of alignment. However, when Neo was confronted with the choice of rescuing Morpheus or not, he chose to save Morpheus regardless of whether he was The One or not and that meant he became something more than himself and that his Conscious and Subconscious Minds harmonised, allowing him to unlock his full potential.