Freudian Psychoanalysis and the Awakening

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Freudian Psychoanalysis and the Awakening Sigmund Freud, the preeminent, 19th century, European neurologist and psychologist, designed a theory he labelled “psychoanalysis,” a theory which would transcend all borders and integrate itself deeply into many facets of society. In fact, an American named Kate Chopin, wrote a book entitled The Awakening, which was published at the turn of the 19th century, in which this theory played an integral role in expressing the complexity, relevance, and growth of the main character. The express importance of the main character displaying a Freudian psych is pertinent even in the modern time because it allows us to view the application of his theories around the time of their conception, trace …show more content…
However the text does hint at eventual abandonment of this balance. “This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight, perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.” (Pg 33-34) Though her Superego does appear to be keeping the Id and the Ego in check, the text implies that it will not be able to hold its dominant position much longer. Through the usage of Freudian Psychoanalysis in her main character Edna, Chopin gives readers a candid glance into the elaborate nature of women's thoughts and feelings in the 19th century. It is clear that established roles were very highly in question, as well as the importance of self-expression and discovery. These are very important elements of humanity to consider as they relate very heavily to the condition of society today. These ideas can be seen in politics, the arts, social relations, and an individual's perception of their duties to society. The idea of the Id, the Ego, and the Superego does seem to be a realistic perception of the human mindset, as demonstrated through Edna's thought process, and can be applied to the way of thought that people have possessed for hundreds of years. In these times, the world struggles to achieve meaning and purpose within themselves and among their societies, and the Awakening offers an extremely interesting point of view; Learning to recognise and explore
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