Freudian Analysis Of Zuñi Tale

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Freudian Analysis of Zuñi Tale Sigmund Freud, the famed Austrian neurologist, pioneered the process of psychoanalysis, which was intended to be a clinical method to treat neurosis and other forms of psychopathology. However, it has also found use in analyzing stories, dreams, and myths. Freud’s method of developing latent thoughts through manifest content will be demonstrated in the following paper, which focuses on a Zuñi folktale called “The Ugly Wild Boy Who Drove the Bear Away from South-Eastern Mesa.” The story is about a young boy who lives with his grandmother near a village called K’iákime. This boy is unlike others in that he is “frightfully ugly”; with scars all over his body, he suffers from distorted facial features and abnormal growths on his head. One season it rains heavily in the Southeastern Mesa near K’iákime, bringing forth fresh growth like nuts from piñon trees, fruit from datilas, and seeds from the gray grass and redtop. However, the villagers are unable to retrieve them because an old, frightening bear claims the territory for himself,…show more content…
Raining is a phallic symbol with relation to urination, and in the context of the story, it also brings forth fertility. Freud’s works explain fruits as a symbol of breasts, in line with the concept of fertility. Whether they stand for fertility or specifically breasts, the datila fruit, piñon nuts, and grass-seed represent desirable items to the boy and the villagers. Unfortunately, the bear prevents the village from gathering the fruit, which drives the story’s main conflict. A towering, violent animal, the bear is the principle foe of the boy, and further affirms the notion of “the simpleton hero” story; in comparison, the boy is weak, yet he can defy all odds and defeat a more powerful enemy. Moreover, his unexpected wild nature is like that of the initially unrepressed id, which seeks to be controlled throughout the
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