Freudian Psychoanalysis as Literary Criticism Analytical Essay by chief

Freudian Psychoanalysis as Literary Criticism
This paper looks at Sigmund Freud's theory of psychoanalysis and how it can be applied to literature.
# 25369 | 1,230 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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The writer looks into the definition of psychoanalysis and illuminates how psychoanalysis has proved an enduring form of literary criticism and will continue to be one so long as people are willing to search for motivations. The paper gives some of the reasons why psychoanalysis has not garnered the same degree of popularity or credibility as some other approaches to literary critique.

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"Integral to the study and application of Freudian psychoanalysis is and understanding of Freud's basic premises concerning the unconscious aspects of the human psyche. In the Ego and The Id (1923), Freud introduced terms for three zones of the mental process: id, ego, and super-ego (Guerin 88). The id is the entirely unconscious "reservoir of libido . . . [and] the source of all our aggressions and desires" (88-89); therefore, its function is to fulfill the pleasure principal, man's innate need to procure pleasure, without any restraints of morality or good and evil (Laplanche 322). Providing a balance between id and super-ego, the ego serves as an intermediary between the internal (passion) and the external (reason) worlds (Guerin 90)."

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