Capture the Imagination
Some films, books and works of art strongly appeal to us. Other may not. It may be difficult to understand just why one thing appeals while a similar thing, perhaps another film with a similar plot, is less interesting. There is no easy answer to this. Academics and popular media still theorize and analyse poplar culture, and while there are many insight there is no complete consensus, and there will always be a new work of art that doesn’t fit neatly with the older theory.
One old, perhaps obvious, but reliable insight is that art, literature and film work with symbolism. This insight really came into its own around 1900 when psychoanalysis developed. Books like Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams showed how our unconscious mind represented the outside world in symbolic form. These symbols in our dreams were often not consciously understood by us, but they held a lot of fascination because we sensed some underlying meaning. latter analysts like Jung and Adler added to these early theories by Freud.
Many myths, legends, fairy tales and popular children’s books that had been capturing people attention for generations were analysed according to psychoanalytic theories. And a lot of meaning was uncovered. Possibly there far more meaning to be yet discovered here.
Escape rooms at least partially work on symbolic meaning. When there are characters like vampires, mythical beasts or magic users then we sense some meaning that ties to our understanding of life, death, human desire, or just a sense of mystery. Even when the characters in the escape room scenario are ordinary humans they still construct their own world, and the mystery that we have to solve, according to symbolic thinking.
In an escape room we have to put together the pieces of a puzzle in order to figure out what has happened, to solve the mystery. This means getting inside the psyche of the individual who created the mystery. How did the mad scientist think? what was the criminal’s real goal when stealing the artifact or plotting their revenge? This is not our way of thinking, but something quite foreign to us. It will fit together as least partially with symbolism.
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An escape room lets us step into the (re)creation of some other world. We expand our minds by trying (successfully or not) to understand the foreign way of thinking that created this world. the solution, while perhaps not something we would create ourselves, make sense once discovered, and make sense in its own terms. One we solve the mystery we have some understanding of the pattern and thinking behind this mindset.
Try an escape room with a few friends, and experience a literary world from a different perspective.