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Psychoanalysis- The Tell Tale Heart

Literary Theory - Chris, Daniel, Marcus H

Marcus Bob

on 4 October 2015

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Transcript of Psychoanalysis- The Tell Tale Heart

1.Freudian Psychology
-Unconscious, Behavior, and Childhood
-Oedipus complex
-Id, Ego, Superego
-Defense mechanisms (Regression, projection, repression etc...) of Ego
= Repressed Childhood Desires*

2. Jungian Criticism
-Archetypal Theory of Syzygy

Thesis: Childhood Trauma***
Repressed desires:
-in the narrator and
-in the author.

Symbols and motifs shaped from repressed desires.

Analyzing The Tell Tale Heart
Analysis - Part 2: Before the murder
Proof of Projections
Analysis - Part 1: Before the murder
Chris, Daniel, Marcus
Psychoanalysis of "The Tell Tale Heart"
Analysis - Part 4: Extra
Edgar Allan Poe represses desires throughout his works (Morella, The Fall of the House of Usher, Tell-Tale Heart)
-married to 13 year old cousin?
Proposal: Story of narrator may not be real! (Defense Mechanism of Projection, Theory of Syzygy, IES)

Oedipus complex:
-Learning about "adult behavior" (developing sexual drives)
-How this relates to childhood

"A watch's minute hand moves more quickly than did mine." (Poe, paragraph 4)
- Police seem to be indifferent and even mocking. How do we explain this behavior?
- Beating of the old man's heart. How does the narrator hear this?
Answer: Projections (of Id, Ego, Superego)

"I admit the deed! -- tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!" (Poe, paragraph 13)
Sharpened senses as bases of his sanity
Hidden desires...
Thanks for listening!
Additional Thoughts?
-Unspecified gender of the narrator?
"A pale blue eye, with a film over it" (Poe, paragraph 2)
Repressed Desires
- Narrator repressing madness
" How then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily - how calmly I can tell you the whole story" (par.1)

Theoretical Proposals
- Narrator *projects* (Ego) his inner Shadow (Syzygy) unto other's.
-Evil eye triggers Defense mechanisms.
-Narrator is projecting because of childhood events (Regression)
- Perhaps it was an ordinary childhood?
Symbol: Bedroom
"I thrust it in! I moved it slowly --very, very slowly..." (Poe, Paragraph 3)
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