The Psychopathic Virgin

October 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm 3 comments

What if the Virgin looks inside herself and she finds a black soul or a twisted mind?  This is what happens in Natural Born Killers, Carrie and Double Indemnity.

In Double Indemnity, you could say Neff was a Victim of the Femme Fatale but then, Victim is the shadow side of the Virgin.  He quickly admits that he murdered the husband because he wanted to see how smart he was.  He wanted to take his daydreaming and bring it to life by being the guy who beat the insurance company because he was smarter than them.  This was his dream and he got the Opportunity to Shine when he met Mrs. Diedrich.  Maybe he also had a need to impress her like his mommy (which ironically is a father complex).

Neff created a Secret World and grew stronger in his ability to carry it out.  And afterwards, he had more and more trouble fitting in his Dependent World for fear of being discovered.

Sometimes the Virgin knows herself as a person the larger society doesn`t embrace.  The conclusion could be their personal satifaction at finding a new place for herself and coming into her power as an individual, or we witness the destruction of the Virgin for the good of others.  Not every Virgin is nice.

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  • 1. Lorne Agnew  |  October 20, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Thanks for another insightful posting. Before this, I had (naively) assumed that the Virgin’s Opportunity to Shine was inherently moral. I mistakenly assumed that the Virgin always claimed their power through acts of principle, not at times, through acts of wanton violence. Thanks for clarifying the important point that the Virgin is not necessarily a paragon of virtue!
    You may be interested in an article in Maclean’s (September 27th: Hollywood’s New Heroine: The Skank). Three new movies (Easy A; Daydream Nation; Dirty Girl) are reviewed with the proposition made that they offer up the “honourable slut” as a new genre of feminine filmmaking, i.e. how young women are turning the enormous social pressures they face to their advantage.
    I would be very interested on your views, and how these new films relate to the Virgin archetype.
    Thanks again for a great book and an informative blog!
    Lorne

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  • 2. mihai  |  October 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    You never hear about the male virgin story… Unless its a comedy.
    I love/hate being a whole hearted pieces. Screw the stars, they f****d me first.

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    • 3. Kim Hudson  |  January 25, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      There are some great male Virgin stories. Billy Elliot, Fight Club, Rocky, Iron Giant… They are all about looking inside and bringing your true nature to life.

      Reply

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