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Harry Potter and Freud

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Eleanor Pressman

on 8 December 2013

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Harry Potter and Freud
Id: Ron Weasley
The Id is the most primitive part of the personality and is present at birth. It is unconscious and immune to logic, values, and external demands. It is ruled by the "pleasure principle", which is the drive for immediate satisfaction. It consists of two conflicting forces, the life instinct (Eros) and the death instinct (Thanatos).
Ron Weasley represents the id because his actions strive to satisfy his immediate personal needs, such as food, sleep, and relaxation; and furthermore, he often fails to control these impulses and succumbs to his emotions and desires.
The Superego is the mostly unconscious internal representation of expectations of parents, society, and consequences. It develops in a child as parental rules and societal expectations are enforced. The superego evaluates how acceptable certain behaviors are and praises or punishes actions according to these judgements. The superego is essentially the conscience and the voice of external requirements.
Hermione Granger represents the superego because she is a solely rational, sensible, and moral being. She strives to do what is expected of her, and frequently opposes Ron, who follows his desires rather than societal expectations.
The Ego: Harry Potter
The Ego is partly conscious, and is the regulator of thoughts and behavior and in touch with both external demands and internal desires. It develops later in childhood. It acts on the reality principle to postpone gratification until the appropriate moment. As the mediator between the primal ego and the superego, the ego may employ defense mechanisms to cope with the pressures (anxiety, guilt, etc.) associated with that task.
Harry Potter represents the ego because he is falls between Ron and Hermione. He does not always give in to his emotions, but is not entirely moral either and does not care as much as Hermione about societal expectations. He is also the leader and planner of the group, representing the reconciliation and direction of the id and the superego, while he at times experiences moments of extreme self-doubt and anger, representing the inherent strains of this task. Finally, Harry carries important protective symbols with him throughout the series (i.e. his invisibility cloak, his "mother's love" that protects him from Voldemort, etc.), which represent the ego's protective defense mechanisms.
The Trio of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ronald Weasley is one of fiction's most well-known and best loved groups of characters. Each has individual character traits, strengths, and weaknesses that complement each others' and allow the group to come together to accomplish extraordinary feats in the Harry Potter series. In much the same way, Freud's model of personality describes three structures that allow that an individual to function at high cognitive levels with an integrated personality. We will be exploring the comparison between the Trio and Freud's model.
The Structure of Personality
Freud believed that each individual possesses three elements of personality: the id, superego, and ego. The three comprise the psyche. The psyche is divided into the conscious and the unconscious. The conscious is what we are aware of; the unconscious contains memories and information that we are not aware of, but that influence our conscious life.
The Superego: Hermione Granger
Conclusion: The Trio is one of fiction's best loved character groups. Harry, Ron, and Hermione each have individual character traits, strengths, and weaknesses. On their own, they are average, but when they come together with their complementary traits, they are extraordinary. Similarly, the id, superego, and ego work together so that an individual can form a moral, complex personality and reason through daily life.
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