Monthly Archives: January 2017

Freud: Wishes, Dreams, Religions

It seems that Freud’s understanding of dreams and religion are very similar. Freud describes religion as a neurosis, an illusion of wish-fulfillment, in his work “The Future of an Illusion”. Freud is extremely critical of religion as a whole, arguing … Continue reading

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Freud: two conflicting conceptions of a dream?

In his work “The Interpretation of Dreams,” Sigmund Freud meticulously dissects and analyzes a dream he had about Irma, a patient of his. Throughout the course of his analysis, Freud uncovers many anxieties relating to perceptions of his professionalism, responsibility … Continue reading

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Age Through the Mirror

Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams and Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass both share the common theme that dreams can act as reflections. In Freud’s work, he analyzes his own dream about his patient Irma and draws the conclusion that his dream … Continue reading

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Girls and Fawns

Names are a theme throughout Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass. At one point, Alice enters a forest in which, she is told, things have no names. In this forest she meets a fawn. The pair walk side by side through … Continue reading

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Throughout this excerpt from Interpretation of Dreams, Freud analyzes every element of his dream from July 23rd-24th, 1895. He evaluates his description of this specific dream sentence-by-sentence, similar to how one would perform a close reading exercise. Although there are notable … Continue reading

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“The Fulfilment of a Wish”

In Through the Looking-Glass, Carroll consistently explores the ways in which identity and reality is contradicted, starting with Alice’s transfer from the real world into the alternate reality, or “dream” world that she begins to doubt is her own. When … Continue reading

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The Nature of the Self in “As kingfishers catch fire”

Fire is the most noteworthy motif in Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “As kingfishers catch fire.” The image is certainly a strong one to start off the poem. Hopkins establishes a subversion of nature in the first line. The catching fire can … Continue reading

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Freud and Nietzsche

In his work “The Interpretation of Dreams,” Sigmund Freud asserts, “A dream is the fulfillment of a wish” (142). On that note, he describes the ability to have “revenged [himself]” (138), which fulfills a wish, through a dream that he experiences. … Continue reading

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Character Reflection in Wonderland and the Real World

In Wonderland, Alice’s experiences consist largely of social interactions with new, different, and remarkable characters. These characters are constantly avoiding, challenging, and contradicting Alice and her perception of Wonderland. While Alice ventures through different parts of the world, she attempts … Continue reading

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Deep to Shallow

Deleuze plays with the concepts of depth and surface in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. He argues that we start off with a lot of depth and gradually get closer and closer to the surface. We see this happen in … Continue reading

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