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Psychoanalytical Theory in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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by Elizabeth Mulenga on 5 February 2013

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Transcript of Psychoanalytical Theory in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Psychoanalytical Theory
in
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Origins Founded by Sigmund Freud.

At the time, the theory was considered controversial. Today though, Freud's theory contributes to several areas of study. Overview Belief that people could be cured by making their unconscious conscious

Symptoms caused by hidden disturbances (unresolved issues)
Psychoanalysis Therapy

Release of repressed emotions
Understanding
the
Unconscious Rorschach Freudian Slips Free Association Ink Blots
Ambiguous
What people “read” into image Unconscious thoughts transfer to conscious
Slip of the tongue
T
Talking of whatever comes to mind
Patient must not show resistance
Bring about repressed thoughts
May lead to catharsis (cure) Applying Psychoanalysis to Huck Finn “I says to myself, I reckon a body that ups and tells the truth…is taking considerable many resks…. [A]t last I’m a-going to chance it…though it does seem most like setting down on a kag of powder. …I go tell the truth, and you want to brace up , Miss Mary Jane, because it’s a bad kind, and going to be hard to take, but there ain’t no help for it. These uncles of yourn ain’t no uncles at all; they’re a couple of frauds…” (Twain 181-182).
1 “ ‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell” ’ (Twain 205). 2 “They hain’t no right to shut him up! Shove! –and don’t lose a minute. Turn him loose! he ain’t no slave; he’s as free as any cretur that walks this earth!” (Twain 273).
3 Huck's moral character is developed through psychoanalysis Huck encounters all sorts of characters along his journey. Each character serves an influential purpose in his life. The relationships he forms in each scene are the best way in which to analyze the appearance of Psychoanalytical theory.
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