Friday, September 25, 2009
The movie Spiderman 3, symbolizes the Apollonian and Dionysian characters. The character of Spiderman displays his usual role as a city hero and positive public figure. This side of Spiderman is the Apollonian side; his negative Dionysian side emerges after a meteorite crashes near him. The meteorite crash causes symbiote to attach to Peter (Spiderman) and later brings out the darker, more selfish, indulgent, carefree side of him. This symbiote attachment results in Peter’s Spiderman costume changing to black to represent the Dionysian within him. He begins to do bad deeds instead of good, and hurt people around him. His rage overtakes him and causes him to emotionally and physically hurt his enemies, and even his closest allies. Peter undergoes changes throughout the course of the film from the red, ordinary, Spiderman into the black character of “Venom”. These changes are quite similar to the changes made by the main character in The Curious Incident of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Dr. Jekyll is similar to the red Spiderman, and Mr. Hyde is comparable to Venom. Dr. Jekyll also undergoes bodily changes into a more wicked and sinful character. As Spiderman is Venom, he feels more powerful and stronger, As does Dr. Jekyll when he is embodied by the role of Mr. Hyde.