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Psychoanalysis of Blackbeard

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Blackbeard's flagI haven’t seen the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie yet but I understand that Blackbeard makes an appearance, so I decided to write a few words about that wild and crazy guy.

I do think he was crazy and very easily bored, so probably not a very happy guy at all. He wasn’t the most successful of the Anglo-American pirates by any stretch of the imagination but he is the best known and I think his questionable sanity is the reason.

Now by crazy I don’t mean that he was an idiot. On the contrary, he was pretty smart, accomplishing whatever he wanted in short order. But I don’t think he was ever happy with what he got.

Blackbeard called himself Edward Teach and he was probably born in the English sea town of Bristol, but other than that little is known about him until he joined Ben Hornigold’s pirate crew in the Bahamas around 1716.  He had enough education to read and write well and he mingled with governors as easily as with pirates, so there is reason to believe he was born into a family of education and means.

He knew how to behave in society –he just chose not to most of the time. (more…)