Coraline (2009) Othering, and Narcissism
Caroline is a girl who is unhappy with her parents. They aren't paying attention to her. Looking out from her beady eyes, Caroline sees a world populated by adults lost in the projects who push off play time into the future. Impatient Caroline wishes for more caring parents that give into her narcissistic only child dreams. Caroline wants to be the center of everyone's universe, and cannot feel normal without the constant self-affirming gaze that verifies her importance. Coraline finds a door which opens to a brick wall. Her mother reason's that the wall was build when the building was split into three apartments. But as Caroline notices this does not sufficiently explain the wall. “Why is the door small then?” Or, why would they build a wall to separate apartments when the apartments were separated vertically rather than horizontally. What's with the door and what is the its purpose? Is a justified question due to illogical architecture.
In Coraline's dreams, she awakens to a white mouse urging her to follow (not unlike the rabbit in Alice In Wonderland). She follows the mouse and finds that the brick wall behind the door is no more, and a glowing rectal passageway urges her forward. At the other end of the colonoscopy, Coraline finds herself in an alternative reality. In this reality, her mother and father have become the parents she had been begging them to be at the beginning of the movie. Parents who would spin their every movement and action so that they could gravitate around Coroline's narcissism.
Quickly, Coraline catches on to the other-mothers game. She is trying to trap Caroline in the other-word, in order to satisfy her own compulsion for attention. Who is this dream's wish for? Stepping back, let's consider the totality of the film Coraline in the context of societal dream work. In who's interest is wish presented in the film Coraline? Lets saw into the wish. The film portrays a little blue hard girl who follows her parents to live in a bland tri-plex with a set of eccentrics. Surrounding the home is desolate muddy landscape devoid of colors. In the home, the walls and floor echo the drabness of poverty and poor upkeep. When tasked by her father to count the windows and explore the house, she pulls back the shower current to find a swarm of bugs which she squishes with her hands. This home is not where the rich. Coraline's set of dreams present a vibrant vision of a happy and caring parents who take the time away from the their work schedule to play with their daughter. The vision is exactly the vibrant and stimulating existence that a little girl needs to develop into a healthy member of society. Yet, beneath the surface of the fantasy there are corrupt alternative motives.