posted on Apr, 7 2012 @ 08:43 PM
This is all playful speculation, but I sometimes wonder if Jerry Seinfeld designed his show to be a hyperbolic exposition of his own inner
psyche.............Here's my theory of how it all may work.
The power of reason, the intellect, consciousness, is symbolized by the title character of the show, Jerry Seinfeld. He is the only character in the
show which retains his true name (he is the only character who remains real, whereas everyone around him is a figment or creation of his imagination),
and the only character in the show who takes a dispassionate (that is, totally rational, often to the extreme) attitude in almost every situation he
encounters. Everyone (or every state in him) has something going on, but Jerry often think's little or nothing of it. Interestingly, early on, Jerry
Seinfeld was exposed to transcendental meditation, which he regards as being the reason for why he is the way he is, that is, why he's so nonchalant
The 3 other main characters in the show, George, Elaine, Kramer, could be seen to be exaggerated (or, since they are primarily emotive aspects, it
would make sense that they are exaggerated beyond what the reason - Jerry - would limit them as) representations of aspects in Jerry's own
personality, each with a highly defined characteristic or attribute: George = the Neurotic, Kramer = The Spontaneous eccentric, Elaine = The Feminine
Buddy. Each character's relationship with Jerry demonstrates an archetypal relationship between itself and the faculty of reason (symbolized by
Jerry), or, how Jerry relates with each of these aspects within himself.
First there's the congenial relationship between Jerry and George. Jerry, as reason, and George, his Neurosis; Significantly (as a psychological
fact) this relationship goes back to Jerry's childhood (In an old interview, Jerry once said he was very neurotic/anxious as a kid). In the show,
George and Jerry's relationship goes back to their childhood. In his present state, Jerry (the nonchalant, almost stoic power of reason) tolerates
the worries and fears and obsessions of George - the neurotic. George still lives with his parents (for the most of the show), which could be a
metaphorical way of saying Jerry's neurosis extends back to his early childhood and his upbringing (by his parents).
On the other side, we have Cosmo Kramer. As an etymology, Cosmo (or cosmos) means the world, or universe, or 'total consciousness'; Kramer is the
power of spontaneity, probably corresponding to the Fool card in the Tarot deck; he acts irrationally, follows his 'spirit' wherever it leads him.
Kramer also lives right next door (that is, the completely spontaneous, irrational urge, which is paradoxically closest to consciousness) to Jerry,
abruptly barges into Jerry's apartment whenever he feels (or enters Jerry's consciousness) without being invited (or premeditated), yet Jerry (or
his reason) abides him, allowing him to take anything from his fridge (or make use of his mental powers i.e even utilizing his reason to effect
irrational ends) without reproach, enjoying his unpredictable presence more than any damage he (or it) may cause.
Elaine, Whom Jerry meets later on in life (perhaps referring to how one's feminine side is usually integrated after physical and mental maturation)
becomes a good friend of Jerry's, though they don't marry; there is still some degree of separation between Jerry and Elaine, and that's how Jerry
wants. They're friends - not lovers. This may reflect Seinfeld's own long-held attitude towards marriage. He got married late in life, but when the
show was written, Elaine reflected an attitude in Jerry's personality.
Finally, there's the classic character of Neumann. A few things about this relationship.
- Jerry hates Neuman.
- Jerry's relationship with Neuman is mediated by Kramer (spontaneity) who gets along fine with him.
- Neuman is a mailman - which gives him a 'bureaucratic' meaning; he also seems to have 'connections' to people who have access to certain illegal
Neuman could then be interpreted as the 'system'. The concept of a system is seemingly the opposite of spontaneity, yet, Neuman and Kramer get along
fine - they are best buddies, while Jerry, the conscious Ego, hates system, responsibilities, and propriety with a passion! Kramer embraces everything
and everyone - rarely does Kramer not get along with anyone, and his closeness with Neuman may reflect the paradoxical association of opposites.