Edgar Allan Poe and Freud's Death Wish Theory
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The author of this paper sets out to prove that Edgar Allan Poe did not ascribe to Freud's theory that man has an unconscious desire to die, despite his preoccupation with death in his poems. By elaborating on Freud's theory, the author shows how Poe did not desire death but instead sought a change of condition from sorrow to joy.
From the Paper:"Poe’s overwhelming desire for release from suffering, even temporarily, is as great as his overwhelming anguish and loneliness. But he continues to reject death by rejecting the Raven which symbolizes and portends it. And even in the unconscious state, he is inclined towards former joy in the company of Lenore rather than towards a voiding of that joy in the voiding of life in or through death. Hence, Freud’s assumption on a death wish fails."
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