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unresolved conflicts , and guilty desires Is it possible to relate a character’ s patterns of adult behaviour to early experiences in the family (as represented in the story)? What do these behaviour patterns and family dynamics reveal?
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Some Questions Psychoanalytic Critics Ask about Literary Texts How can characters’ behaviour, narrative events, and/or images be explained in terms of regression, projection, fear of or fascination with death or sexuality ?
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I know you’ re sick of this book… What’s with the recurrent images of an apple? What does the apple symbolize? Why is a girl holding the apple? What does this say about the author’s repressed desires? What about the apple is sexual? Does the image of an apple have any religious meaning?
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Some Questions Psychoanalytic Critics Ask about Literary Texts In what ways can we view a literary work as a dream ? How might recurrent or striking dream symbols reveal the ways in which the narrator/author is projecting his unconscious desires, fears, wounds, or unresolved conflicts onto other characters or the events portrayed? Look for symbols relevant to death and sexuality (yonic and phallic symbols)
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Some Questions Psychoanalytic Critics Ask about Literary Texts What might a given interpretation of a literary work suggest about the psychological motives of the reader ? For example, if a group of critics see Hamlet as a devoted son while underplaying his contribution to the family dysfunction, what might that say about the repressive tendencies of that group of critics? Maybe acknowledging Hamlet’ s faults as a bad son and boyfriend forces the reader to acknowledge similar faults in his/her own relationships?
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