This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.
This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: My dream certainly bears out Freud's claim "that greatly distorted dreams give expression mainly . . . . to sexual wishes" (238). Almost everything in the dream is tinged with sexuality from the cougars who I immediately associated with the slang term for a sexually aggressive and attractive older woman to the image of my going up or down a staircase which Freud tells us in his lecture on dream symbols is a symbol for sexual intercourse(194). The dream begins with my being in a very long and crooked staircase. I wasn't sure if I was going up or down but when I emerged I was on what I think was the outside platform of a castle. Anyway I was in some high position on a building that had a wide view in front of me, except the view I was looking at was like a Rousseau painting. Below was a river going across my line of sight and above the river were very steeply foreshortened, dark green hills. To the right were columns and columns of cougars arranged symmetrically, not real life cougars, but cougars that looked like the cats in a Rousseau painting. The cougars were painted very primitively: Their bodies were all in profile but their heads were turned toward me. In fact while I was looking at them all of the cougars turned their heads toward me. The pupils of their eyes were enlarged so that all I could see were the pupils and the pupils were spinning. To the left of the cougars in the foreground a Rousseau-like tiger attacked a man and was eating him In addition to the cougars, other displacements or symbols of women occur in the dream. Students in two of my classes pointed out that a castle is often a symbol for a woman, and after thinking about the cougars I began wondering if the tiger was also a woman. My free association with the word Other displacements or symbols of women also occur in the dream. Students in two of my classes pointed out that a castle is often a symbol for a woman, and after thinking about the cougars as women I began wondering if the tiger was also a woman. My free association with the word tiger immediately led me to the concept of " Bengal tiger" to " Bengal" to "Bengali" to my ex-wife. My ex-wife is from Bengal , India, Indiaand I immediately recognized the image of the tiger attacking the man in the Rousseau-like painting as a regressive picture of our marriage. We fought constantly,our fights decimated me,and being attacked and eaten by a tiger is an apt...
View Full Document
- Spring '10