This Paper Will Prove That Sigmund Freud Theory Of John

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This paper will prove that Sigmund Freud theory of John Keats’s poem “Ode on Melancholy” is flawed. Demonstrated through quotations and additional sources by scholarly articles, Freud’s idea of Freudian criticism will be highlighted as the key point. To understand Freudian criticism one must understand psychoanalytic criticism. Psychoanalysis of literature is the psychoanalysis of the author or a character in each work. Psychoanalytic criticism implements the methods of "reading" employed by Freud and later theorists to interpret texts. It claims that literary texts, demonstrate the secret unconscious desires and anxieties of the author, that a literary work is an indicator of the author 's own psychoses. One may psychoanalyze a character…show more content…
A Muse Deconstructed: Keats 's Ode on Melancholy” demonstrates Freud’s theory and its connection to Melancholia. It is stating that one suffering with depression will act before thinking due to their past experience. It is the minds way of dealing with the feeling of loss and mental disease of depression. “Within Freud 's theory of the unconscious, this distinction represents a heuristic move rather than a systematic step in coming to terms with a certain pathological disposition, melancholia, as opposed to a certain normal behavior, mourning. The normality of this behavior is qualified by the understanding of an evidently decisive loss, which causes grief; while the pathology of melancholia is above all characterized by an apparently causeless, and therefore incomprehensible, condition of depression” (Haverkamp 694). Melancholia comes in two different forms of understanding loss and allowing it consumes oneself. The unconscious or the ID protects the mind and soul of a person from consumption of melancholia. When writers write to seek the release of this pain they place unconscious symbols or reoccurring themes in their work. Conferring with Freud most Professors would state that the color or spelling of an object, person or thing will always have meaning. “Freud works from the premise that all that appears is a sign, that all signs are subject to interpretation, and that they ultimately tell stories that contain the same dramatis personae and the same

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