Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is the mind controlled victim.
Jareth (David Bowie), who controls the Labyrinth, is the handler/abuser. He created the Labyrinth for her.
All of the puppets inside of the Labyrinth obey Jareth at first, but Sarah wins them over one by one and they rally to her cause instead.
At the end of the movie, all of the puppets show up in Sarah’s mirror and ask her if she still needs them. The puppets were actually a part of her
all along (dissociated personalities, created initially by Jareth to obey Jareth), since they show up in her mirror/reflection.
In the beginning of the film Sarah is practicing some lines from a play (I think? It’s like a poem), but she has trouble with the ending. She
always forgets the last lines… and then the town clock bell chimes and she realizes too much time has passed. It’s made clear that she has a
problem with keeping track of time.
In fact, time is a big theme throughout the entire film… and Jareth controls the time in the Labyrinth. Time is a big deal with DID.
At at the end of the movie Sarah is reciting the lines from the play again as Jareth tries to recapture her. But this time she remembers her
lines… “you have no power me,” to which the entire Labyrinth literally breaks apart.
And there you have it, folk.
This has always been one of my all time favorite films since I was a kid and maybe I’m crazy for saying it but I really believe this is a story
about how to break free from the labyrinth, how to break free from mind control, how to love yourself and heal, etc.
I have wanted to do this for awhile now and I don’t know what I was waiting for. Maybe it’s crazy. Maybe the film didn’t mean to say what it
is saying… but I am certain now that it is saying something. At least, I am getting this message from it.
It’s about a girl who breaks free.
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Great post! It's cool when a movie touches your soul like that. It's almost the same idea as the Wizard of Oz in that she can't wake up from the
dream until she realizes her inner Queen (King) energy that she's the one in charge. In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy gets bonked on the head and shows up
in oz. I never watched The Labyrinth but my wife talk about it making an impression on her. Maybe I'll rent it after your post. The clip you posted
has me intrigued. Just out of curosity, how did the main heroine first end up in the Labyrinth?
P.S. Bowie's pants were scary tight! Great catalog of music though.
Though it was one of my favorite movies as a kid, there is definitely some occult stuff going on. There's all kinds of allusions to the meaning of
this song, even suggesting that it's about taking a girls virginity.
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Ok so Jareth lures Sarah into the labyrinth... but it's tricky.
She is babysitting her little brother and he's crying and she's annoyed so she says "the words" which invite Jareth's trolls to steal her baby
brother. Then Sarah has to go through the Labyrinth to get her baby brother back.
This could be representative of the "permission" that we give that is then used against us later on, like... "didn't you want this? didn't you ask
for this?" In fact, Jareth accuses Sarah of asking for this/wanting this all along.
Growing up, I've watched this movie plenty of times. I was too young and unaware of such things to ever make the connection. After reading your op, I
can look back and see many DID correlations,... especially the symbolism of the shattered mirror. Star and Flagged! I anticipate watching it
again with this new view. I'm sure there are tons of other oldie/classic movies/literature full of symbolism previously unknown to me, that I am yet
to re-evaluate since I've become aware of such concepts. I'll never watch one of my childhood reruns the same!
I've never read Alice in Wonderland but I'm reading about it on wikipedia right now and for some reason I had to stop when the mouse gives the others
a very dry lecture on William the Conqueror (in an attempt to dry them all off, that's hilarious).
I clicked on William the Conqueror (it was linked) to learn more about that, and the image there is of the William the Conqueror on the Bayeux
Tapestry which I actually covered in my last Art History course... and one really interesting thing about the Bayeux Tapestry is that only one woman
shows up in it. It's like hundreds of feet long covering scenes of preparation for war and battle and etc, so this one woman is interesting and no
one knows what it means or who she is:
"There is a panel with what appears to be a clergyman touching or possibly striking a woman's face. No one knows the meaning of the caption above this
scene ubi unus clericus et Ælfgyva, "where [or in which/during which] a certain cleric and Ælfgyua", a Latinised version of Ælfgifu, a popular
Anglo-Saxon woman's name (literally: 'Elf's Gift'). The elided AE shows familiarity with English spelling. There are two naked male figures in
the border below this figure; the one directly below the figure is squatting and displaying genitalia, a scene that was frequently censored in former
reproductions. However, similar naked figures appear elsewhere in the lower border where there seems to be no connection at all with the main
action. Harold had a younger sister named Ælfgyva / Ælfgifu (her name is spelt Alveva in Domesday) who was possibly promised to William by
Harold or even betrothed to him, but she died c.1066 prior to the invasion "
At the start of the movie when Sarah is in the park an owl is standing on one of those obelisk things as if watching/monitoring her. The Symbol of
the Minerval Church of the Bavarian Illuminati features a watchful owl. Sarah is constantly watched as later in the film there are eyeball creatures
stuck to the walls of the labyrinth.
And there is a similarity between this film, The Wizard of OZ and Alice in Wonderland where the protagonist partakes in drug-laden food. In the
context of mind control programming this causes amplification effects of the programming and increases fear and terror in the victim.
I've been a big fan of these kind of stories since childhood, especially the Alice books and the Labyrinth movie. One thing to keep in mind though, is
that these stories about how a young girl's head works, are usually written by older men. That may or may not mean anything to you. Lewis Carrol in
particular had questionable proclivities. Look into his photography.
There is this recurring theme, the individual waking up to the illusion.
1. The character gets sucked into another place/illusion/dreamworld which is supposedly controlled by specific authoritative characters.
2. The character believes in the power of the authority figures who supposedly rules that place.
3. The character realizes it's all baloney, and this realization empowers them.
I think we all go through it naturally, growing up. There's this feeling like... everyone is trying to push their beliefs on you, and mold you, and
you try to conform but it doesn't work so you end up breaking away from that and going your own way and yes, becoming yourself. Establishing
autonomy. Also you find out what a load of crap you've been feed all along... we have all faced that betrayal.
Cool interpretation, mental health. I've have never thought of it that way. But if you're going the DID/Multiple Personality Disorder route, wouldn't
it be easier to imply Jareth is the strongest of the MPs battling it out in her mind? Unless that's what you mean to begin with and I misunderstood
you, you make it seem like Jareth is implied to be someone other than another part of herself. I think I prefer interpreting Jareth being an
malevolent part of herself she confronts, rather than someone else entirely. It just makes more sense.
However Jareth, for me, is a person that weaved a spell and Sarah fell for it. I know this happens naturally and sometimes even accidentally I think
in nature, between two people, or one person and a group of people, like one person and a church/university/school of thought/family/political
parties, and etc. It's not all in your head all of the time, other people get involved.
These stories usually follow a pattern of a girl who doesn't want to grow up, who goes into a strange land and has to sort through a lot of nonsense
to find her way back. The people and situations she encounters mirror how children may view the world of adults. Once she learns to decide for herself
what is true and what is good, and ultimately stop blindly obeying authority, she returns home and grows up. They're stories about thinking for
Personally, I think these stories also try to say that a person does not have to lose her innocence or purity in order to grow up. The world tries to
tell us that kind people are naive, the unspoken extension of which is that cruel people are smart. These stories seem to be telling us "You know
that's not true. Trust yourself!" Being childlike is not the same as being childish. As you get older, keep the parts of yourself that are most
What you wrote about the other characters being multiple identities goes along with the territory of the dreamworld being in the protagonist's head.
All of the characters will either be based on people from her real life, or facets of herself. I could get into how all of this applies to reality
more than we realize, but I'm already boring even myself.
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Add the adolescent dream that "I'm not really who I seem to be. I'm actually a Goblin Queen" and you've got it. Thing is, it turns out that being the
Goblin Queen turns out to be much worse than just plain old Sarah. "There's no place like home."
You should add Peter Pan to the list, btw. Have you seen this one? Best ever.
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