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The death instinct unties the object relations, and the life instinct reties them.
According to Freud, the life instinct, containing the sexual instincts and that of self-preservation, finds itself in a constant struggle for supremacy with the death instinct, which is a destructiveness directed against the self and seeking to return to an earlier tension-less state prior to birth, since 'the aim of all life is death.
The hitcher wants the driver to kill him and thus accept the death principle; Jim tries to reaffirm the life instinct by nonviolet escape.