Amelia of the unknown that is unexplainableAmelia of the unknown that is unexplainable

Amelia is now looking after her own son on her own and
has been ever since losing her husband and it’s an obstacle task to take on as
Sam goes through an ongoing problem with his anxiety of the unknown that is
unexplainable to Amelia. These set of Amelia’s own anxieties that will
eventually spiral out of control. There is no understanding of which came
first, the effect or the cause.

 

The anxieties of loneliness are depicted in a very
strong manner through the film, not only through the Babadook causing Sam to
become distracted and taking away all of his mum’s attention so he could be
looked after but her own grief of struggling to move on, her disheartened face
when other partners are together and loving one another in any situation around
her. The monster latches onto her in any situation, for example, her loneliness
cry’s out when Amelia is with her sister and she says ”I don’t even mention
him.” This is indication of closing away his memories but without any
fulfillment or closure out of them.

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An opposed view to Amelia’s suppression, when looking
at the repression of this film, we see the state of mind trying to get rid of
the memories, this is when any inclination or moments of that said person come
to mind that can clash with the feeling of drawing away. For me, you can find
the anxiety of horror in this situation or feeling; The Babadook is the
indication for blocked compulsions as well as the disagreement from inside of
you. ‘Walter Sokel’s fundamental insight that Expressionism expresses an
intense subjectivism, objectified by means of abstraction.’ (Donahue -, 59)

 

Amelia’s sister is adamant on the fact she hates being
around Sam, but interestingly, she sees the conflict in Amelia when she knows
Amelia hates being around her son too but due to her mothering traits, she can’t
give in to such strong words. Again, Amelia doesn’t like to hear this, but even
as a mother, her subconscious thoughts are attacked by all the downbeat frame
of mind that she attaches to her husband’s tragedy that links up with her pregnancy.
 This then boils down to Amelia seeing
Sam as the problem in her life, suggesting the Babadook (monster) is even her
own son, especially when she says the line ”You don’t know how many times I
wished it been you instead of him that died.”.

 

The monster in this is a direct mirror to how Sam and
Amelia coincide with each other, they’re both as bad as each other and their
own anxieties bounce off one another. Looking at Amelia what she never fails to
see is that her suffering and loneliness is a direct gateway that influences
Sam’s anxiety. Sam understands how his problems are manifesting onto his mother
and becomes defensive of her that he will go as far as creating weapons to
protect her from the monster that has been manifested onto both of them. The
monster he is waiting to kill is never truly real, but just the characterization
of Amelia’s own anxieties embodying itself physically. It comes through the
idea of a book first of all to set up the fear and anxiety, and then in the
form of the actual mental illness as it forms the dominance through Amelia’s
bottled up sadness of the tragedy of her husband as the memories of him are
stored away downstairs in the basement so Sam can never have any access of
them.  

 

Sam and Amelia’s sister are always sensing the
suppression and repression of the mental illness around the person/house, this
is always conflicted with Amelia’s denial of something being wrong. This is
seen when asked by one of her colleagues how she is done, the only response is ”Fine”
and she wants to brush of any hope of comforting due to the monsters nature of
secluding her from society, even when the colleague reiterates it’s okay to not
be fine. Looking at Sam who would struggle to understand the true grasp of the
difference between repression and suppression but he can spot the downwards
effects of them, as this is seen when he becomes aware of the monster and continuously
shouts ”Don’t let it in” and this is the becoming of, what Sam would understand
it to be as The Babadook, and this is his view and perspective of the evil that
Sam sees, or, projects from himself seeing how we view the monster from
different viewpoints.