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Literary Theory: Psychoanalysis

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Freud – the interpretation of dreams in 1901 The importance of the unconscious instinctive urges
Question – why did this new emphasis on the unconscious place greater significance on literature?
Freud expounded a theory that human instincts, yearnings, desires, etc. are so powerful that they often find ways of expressing themselves outside of the control of the ego, or of social prohibitions.
“The super-ego is the moral component of the psyche, which takes into account no special circumstances in which the morally right thing may not be right for a given situation. The rational ego attempts to exact a balance between the impractical hedonism of the id and the equally impractical moralism of the super-ego; it is the part of the psyche that is usually reflected most directly in a person's actions. When overburdened or threatened by its tasks, it may employ defense mechanisms including denial, repression, and displacement.” (Wikipedia)
The mind reworks repressed …