BSC Final - Mike Miranda December 9th 2007 Memories and...

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Mike Miranda December 9 th , 2007 Memories and Remembrances of Rooms During this semester of BSC, we have read five very different novels. Each novel was very different in its sense of plot, setting and storyline. While a novel like Moby Dick by Hermin Melville may have had nothing to do with the novel Das Kapital by Karl Marx setting and plot wise, they are still related. This has already been proven in the first essay we wrote where the disappearances or vanishings within these two novels were compared with a disappearance or vanishing that we have witnessed. This is also true for the novels Amerkia by Kafka and Sigmund Freud’s novel Interpretation of Dreams. While these two novels are not related plot, setting or storyline wise they can still be related by their ability to connect with a thought or phenomenon. For this phenomenon we will examine is how someone can be capable of remembering a room for a long period of time. Furthermore it will be examined how the objects within the room as well as memories of times and events within the room contribute to the remembrance of a certain room for a long period of time. In Sigmund Freud’s novel Interpretation of Dreams the room plays a vital part in the memory of the dream. In almost every dream analyzed by Sigmund Freud the room the dream occurs is almost always remembered. Freud mentions those other memories such as the people involved or emotions and other senses can sometimes be forgotten. In chapter five an example of this occurring is when Freud mentions that as a young child we were taken to many different rooms and seen by many different people we did not know such as nurses and housemaids. Freud reports that many of his patients have told him they have had dreams of rooms where they spent time there early childhood. In dreams they seem to be capable of remembering textures or objects inside these rooms clearly. Freud supports his work with the example of a patient that he had who recalls the following dream about an event from his childhood, “One of my patients has retained in his conscious memory a scene from his eighth year, in which, after undressing for bed, he wanted to dance into his little sister's room in his shirt, but was prevented by the servant.” In this particular dream the patient is able to remember his little sister’s room and the objects inside clearly many years later. In Chapter 4 Distortion in Dreams, Freud explores how distortion is dreams occur and how meanings and emotions in dreams are sometimes misunderstood. Freud uses many examples where the patient does not remember the meaning or people inside a dram, yet they still seem to be capable of giving a clear description of the surrounding they were in. In Freud’s analysis of his dreams on July 23 rd and July 24 th ,1895 he recalls the hall he is in on his wife’s birthday. In this dream he remembers the room he is in as well as objects inside the room. He recalls bringing Irma to the window to look at her throat.
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