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Week 4 - Freud Textbook Notes

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Western University
English 2200F/G
Matthew Rowlinson

Week 4The Interpretation of DreamsFreudThe book introduces Freuds theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation Dreams in Freuds view were all forms of wish fulfillmentattempts by the unconscious to resolve a conflict of some sort whether something recent or something from the recesses of the past Much of Freuds sources for analysis are in literature and the book is itself as much a selfconscious attempt at literary analysis as it is a psychological study Freud here also first discusses what would later become the theory of the Oedipus complexThe mental state of children who later become psychoneurotics is largely due in part to their parents you hate one and love the other The tragic destiny of Oedipus Rex moves us because it might have been ours It is the fate of all of us perhaps to direct our first sexual impulse towards our mother and our first hatred toward murderous wish against our father Our dreams convince us that that is so Oedipus merely shows us the fulfillment of our own childhood wishesUnlike Oedipus we have succeeded in detaching ourselves from sexual impulses directed towards our mother and jealousy towards our father Hamlet also works as an effective example of this Hamlet is jealous of his stepfather because he is in love with his motherhis stepfather simply took care of his real father the way he secretly longed to Freuds posit
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