Foreign Affairs by Allison Laurie

1394 WordsJun 15, 20186 Pages
As one of the many infamous psychologists of the 20th century, Sigmund Freud attempted to explain why people act and speak as they do. He divided the human mind into three different states, overlapping from consciousness to unconsciousness, and maintained that ideas or “psychic energy” could neither be created nor destroyed, but simply flowed back and forth between the states (Alexander). According the Freud, the unconscious mind was further divided between the overtly moral superego and the pleasure-seeking id. The id serves to explain the irrational actions people make, often suggesting that the violation of laws, rules, and codes of etiquette are acceptable in the pursuit of pleasure. It begins to wave its influence over one’s actions…show more content…
She is a feminist, perhaps not because she thinks women are treated unfairly by men, but because of hatred for the father (and potential lover) she could not have, projected onto males on a whole. Then, her husband Fred is an English professor exactly like her father. Roo does not hate her father; instead her feelings are simply misguided. She is upset because he remained unattainable throughout the majority of her life. He was married to her mother and then he left her. She could never have him and upon the realization construed her life in a way that he would never be able to accept. Her father, who is also a renowned and conservative-minded literary critic, would not approve of her behavior, “she blew her nose, picked her teeth, cut her toe nails, washed her [female genitalia], and even used the toilet” in the presence of her husband (Lurie 84). Someone with a more traditional mindset, as her father is found to be, would be repulsed by Roo. Her lack of decorum and anti-male views showcase the brunt of the loss of her father. The two other marked case of obstruction of desire and of childhood influence in the novel are those of protagonist Virginia Miner and her lover Chuck Mumpson. Virgina or “Vinnie” is an unattractive woman in her mid-fifties with stagnant view-points on love and attraction. Her entire personality is created around the basis of shielding herself from emotional pain; she is guarded and cautious around strangers, wary of even

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