The Philosophy of a Relic

By Belgarth

Hello again, everyone. Recently, I read an editorial by Mr. BJ McTaggert entitled, "Triforce: Lopsided Power." Now, I am not rebuking this editorial, because in some ways I agree with it. But just reading it got me thinking.

Sigmund Freud, a reknowned psychologist, came up with a theory of the behaviors of man. He said that man consisted of three different behavior centers. After further analysis of the subject, these three behaviors seem quite much like the parts of the Triforce. Let me explain.

The first part, the ID (pronounced like "id" as in "kid") is the part that makes people want to have fun and not do anything but things that benefit themselves. This is the part of humans that will try to do things by force, violence, and power. Seem similar to the Triforce of Power? I would think so. Isn't Ganon only out to benefit himself and try and rule all of Hyrule?

The next part of behavior Freud explains is the EGO, which is the part of human behavior that goes strictly by the rules and is extremely loyal, regardless of who the master is. This part of people is the part with the intelligence and reason. It is remarkably similar to the Triforce of Wisdom, a part of the Triforce that is loyal and wise. Is not Zelda considered one of the wisest of all people in Hyrule?

The final part of Freud's analysis on human behavior is called the SUPEREGO. The SUPEREGO is the part of human behavior that is an enforcer, that will keep the other two forces in balance. The virtues that go with it include courage, decision-making, and the ability to see right from wrong. Now, if you haven't guessed yet, the SUPEREGO symbolizes the Triforce of Courage. Link is indeed the person that is the Hero trying to keep the two forces in balance, and it doesn take heroic courage and decision-making to do that.

Now, if anyone has ever read The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, you probably have a clear interpretation of what I mean. In that book, Jack (the symbol of power) tries to take over the island by killing Piggy (the symbol for wisdom) and Simon (the symbol for courage). Now the main character in that book is Ralph who, shares the traits of all three of them, and survives the encounter on the desert island.

To make things clearer for those that haven't read the book, Ralph shares the traits of Jack, Piggy, and Simon (power, wisdom, and courage). Now, Freud says that those forces must be in balance to achieve the behavior of a normal human being. So, under careful analysis, Ralph is actually the traits of the three powers of the Triforce combined.

Can you see what I am getting at? In the Triforce, no one part has presidence over another, but all are needed to achieve a normal state of living; in the case of The Lord of the Flies, a normal human being. So, through analysis of the works of Sigmund Freud, you can see that no part of the Triforce is "lopsided," but in fact all are needed to achieve a state of peace, within Hyrule and within a human being.

Well, I guess in a way it did happen to be a reply to "Triforce: Lopsided Power?" but it was just to show that, in Hyrule, it is impossible to have a state of peace and prosperity without the balance of power (ID), wisdom (EGO), and courage (SUPEREGO). Think about that for a bit. It reveals more of human nature than it does about the Triforce now, doesn't it?

Oh well... I've gotten to rambling again. I really think I should stop before I start to actually make sense ;)

Oh, as you might have heard from Gandalf, he, I, and a couple of other friends are making an all-around website. We'll give you more details as the idea resurfaces. Oh, and when I make it, I will not be calling myself Belgarath there. (Don't fear, people will still know me as Belgarath here.) But, if anyone is curious, my pseudonym for that site will be "The Golden Knight."

Comments, questions?
~Belgarath (The Golden Knight)