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The Interpretation of Dreams | Chapter Summaries


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Epigraph The Latin epigraph "Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo" is from Virgil's epic poem the Aeneid. One literal t... Read More
Prefaces Freud places his work in the context of medical science. He links dreams to other "abnormal" mental phenomena, includi... Read More
Chapter 1, Part 1 Freud announces the aim of this book is to show "there is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpr... Read More
Chapter 1, Part 2 Freud returns to something he said at the beginning of the book: "dreams are the result of our own activity." Therefor... Read More
Chapter 2 Freud begins by allying himself with one group of dream theories from the previous chapter. He stands with those who r... Read More
Chapter 3 In this chapter Freud compares his investigation to a path. After passing through a narrow path and suddenly coming out ... Read More
Chapter 4 Freud begins by addressing objections to the theory all dreams are wish fulfillments. He ventriloquizes an opponent wh... Read More
Chapter 5, Part 1 Freud reminds readers of the characteristics of memory in dreams: Dreams prefer recent memories from the days im... Read More
Chapter 5, Part 2 Freud repeats many of the arguments he outlined in Chapter 1, and he cites many of the same sources. He does not deny ... Read More
Chapter 6, Part 1 Freud reminds readers his research on dreams is unique. Everyone else, from philosophers to lay people, has dealt only... Read More
Chapter 6, Part 2 Freud says concrete rather than abstract terms are better for dream representation: "A dream-thought [latent content] ... Read More
Chapter 6, Part 3 Before Freud gets to calculations and speeches in dreams, he starts with more examples of displacement, condensation, ... Read More
Chapter 6, Part 4 In this section Freud examines why feelings in dreams often do not match the dreams' subject matter. He uses the word ... Read More
Chapter 7, Part 1 Freud begins by recounting a dream a woman told him, a dream that she heard about, and then redreamed. A father sat by... Read More
Chapter 7, Part 2 In this section Freud considers whether dreams can sometimes disturb sleep rather than function as sleep's guardians. ... Read More
Appendix A In a paper written 10 days after he completed the manuscript of The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud considers the case o... Read More
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