Difference between revisions of "User:Tepples/The Downward Spiral"

From Pin Eight
Jump to: navigation, search
(It's about getting PTSD, bringing down a corrupt pastor, and coming to terms with your mind meds)
 
(Citation for emotional blunting)
 
(2 intermediate revisions by the same user not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
The concept album ''The Downward Spiral'' by Nine Inch Nails forms a coherent plot line even without having to kill off the viewpoint character.
+
The 1994 concept album ''The Downward Spiral'' by Nine Inch Nails forms a coherent plot line even without having to kill off the viewpoint character.
  
 
;01. Mr. Self Destruct
 
;01. Mr. Self Destruct
Line 6: Line 6:
 
:Trent returns from deployment to discover that his girlfriend, nicknamed "Piggy", is carrying the baby of another man.
 
:Trent returns from deployment to discover that his girlfriend, nicknamed "Piggy", is carrying the baby of another man.
 
;03. Heresy
 
;03. Heresy
:Trent learns that Piggy met this new man at church and vows to take out his frustrations on the hypocrisy he sees in organized religion.
+
:Trent learns that Piggy met this new man at church and vows to take out his frustrations on the hypocrisy he sees in organized religion. First appearance of the chromatic descent from the fifth.
 
;04. March of the Pigs
 
;04. March of the Pigs
 
:Trent raises his concerns at the church's next gathering but ends up arrested for disorderly conduct.
 
:Trent raises his concerns at the church's next gathering but ends up arrested for disorderly conduct.
 
;05. Closer
 
;05. Closer
:Trent sees psychiatric help and comes out with a prescription for, among other things, sex therapy.
+
:Trent seeks psychiatric help and comes out with a prescription for, among other things, sex therapy.
 
;06. Ruiner
 
;06. Ruiner
:Trent confronts a corrupt pastor, whom he calls "the ruiner" of his, causing the congregation to question their allegiance. One might draw an analogy to Jesus's indictment of the leaders of Pharisaic Judaism.
+
:Trent confronts a corrupt pastor, whom he calls "the ruiner" of his relationship, causing the congregation to question their allegiance. One might draw an analogy to Jesus's indictment of the leaders of Pharisaic Judaism.
 
;07. The Becoming
 
;07. The Becoming
:Trent discovers that his psychiatric medication is causing blunted affect and tinnitus. Not sure if "Annie" is Piggy's real name or that of his therapist.
+
:Trent discovers that his psychiatric medication is causing emotional blunting<ref>Nancy Schimelpfening. "[https://www.verywellmind.com/can-antidepressants-make-you-feel-emotionally-numb-1067348 Can Antidepressants Make You Feel Emotionally Numb?]". ''Verywell Mind'', 2019-05-19. Accessed 2019-07-15.</ref> and tinnitus. (Not sure if "Annie" is Piggy's real name or that of his therapist.)
 
;08. I Do Not Want This
 
;08. I Do Not Want This
 
:Trent's inner monologue between his remaining emotions and the cold unfeeling side that his Rx brings out in him. This is his "Nooooooo!" moment, complete with "[[wikipedia:Revenge of the Sith#Leaked workprint|do not want]]".
 
:Trent's inner monologue between his remaining emotions and the cold unfeeling side that his Rx brings out in him. This is his "Nooooooo!" moment, complete with "[[wikipedia:Revenge of the Sith#Leaked workprint|do not want]]".
 
;09. Big Man with a Gun
 
;09. Big Man with a Gun
:Trent tries to regain his emotions by playing a violent sexual assault scene with the therapist.
+
:Trent tries to regain his emotions by [[wikipedia:BDSM|role-playing]] a violent sexual assault scene with the therapist.
 
;10. A Warm Place
 
;10. A Warm Place
 
:When this proves ineffective, Trent feels lonely, as if he were about to lose the only thing that makes him feel human.
 
:When this proves ineffective, Trent feels lonely, as if he were about to lose the only thing that makes him feel human.
 
;11. Eraser
 
;11. Eraser
:Trent confesses to Piggy that he feels he may be better off dead for what he had done in the past.
+
:Trent confesses to Piggy that he feels he may be better off dead for what he had done to her in the past.
 
;12. Reptile
 
;12. Reptile
 
:Rejected by Piggy, Trent finds a new girlfriend. She's a lizard woman who gardens, keeps bees, and is willing to overlook his faults.
 
:Rejected by Piggy, Trent finds a new girlfriend. She's a lizard woman who gardens, keeps bees, and is willing to overlook his faults.
 
;13. The Downward Spiral
 
;13. The Downward Spiral
:Despite this, Trent feels that there is one solution to the problems caused by PTSD and the medication: shooting himself out the cheek like in ''Fight Club''.
+
:Despite this newfound love, Trent feels that there is one solution to the problems caused by PTSD and the medication: shooting himself out the cheek like in ''Fight Club''.
 
;14. Hurt
 
;14. Hurt
:Trent comes to in the hospital and reminisces about his poor life choices, vowing to treat the new lizard girlfriend better.
+
:Trent comes to in the hospital and reminisces about his poor life choices, vowing to treat the new lizard girlfriend better when they start a new life together on the other side of the country.
 +
 
 +
== References ==
 +
<references />
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
 
*[[Wikipedia:The Downward Spiral]]
 
*[[Wikipedia:The Downward Spiral]]
 
*[http://www.4degreez.com/nailz/ninterpretations/downspiral.html Longer interpretation by James Salvatore & Brian Cancellieri]
 
*[http://www.4degreez.com/nailz/ninterpretations/downspiral.html Longer interpretation by James Salvatore & Brian Cancellieri]

Latest revision as of 19:45, 15 July 2019

The 1994 concept album The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails forms a coherent plot line even without having to kill off the viewpoint character.

01. Mr. Self Destruct
Trent is serving in the military and witnesses a POW or civilian being beaten. This sets him up for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
02. Piggy
Trent returns from deployment to discover that his girlfriend, nicknamed "Piggy", is carrying the baby of another man.
03. Heresy
Trent learns that Piggy met this new man at church and vows to take out his frustrations on the hypocrisy he sees in organized religion. First appearance of the chromatic descent from the fifth.
04. March of the Pigs
Trent raises his concerns at the church's next gathering but ends up arrested for disorderly conduct.
05. Closer
Trent seeks psychiatric help and comes out with a prescription for, among other things, sex therapy.
06. Ruiner
Trent confronts a corrupt pastor, whom he calls "the ruiner" of his relationship, causing the congregation to question their allegiance. One might draw an analogy to Jesus's indictment of the leaders of Pharisaic Judaism.
07. The Becoming
Trent discovers that his psychiatric medication is causing emotional blunting[1] and tinnitus. (Not sure if "Annie" is Piggy's real name or that of his therapist.)
08. I Do Not Want This
Trent's inner monologue between his remaining emotions and the cold unfeeling side that his Rx brings out in him. This is his "Nooooooo!" moment, complete with "do not want".
09. Big Man with a Gun
Trent tries to regain his emotions by role-playing a violent sexual assault scene with the therapist.
10. A Warm Place
When this proves ineffective, Trent feels lonely, as if he were about to lose the only thing that makes him feel human.
11. Eraser
Trent confesses to Piggy that he feels he may be better off dead for what he had done to her in the past.
12. Reptile
Rejected by Piggy, Trent finds a new girlfriend. She's a lizard woman who gardens, keeps bees, and is willing to overlook his faults.
13. The Downward Spiral
Despite this newfound love, Trent feels that there is one solution to the problems caused by PTSD and the medication: shooting himself out the cheek like in Fight Club.
14. Hurt
Trent comes to in the hospital and reminisces about his poor life choices, vowing to treat the new lizard girlfriend better when they start a new life together on the other side of the country.

References

  1. Nancy Schimelpfening. "Can Antidepressants Make You Feel Emotionally Numb?". Verywell Mind, 2019-05-19. Accessed 2019-07-15.

External links