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Copy of Psychological Issues in Wuthering Heights

Examine the existence of Freud's Personality Types within Wuthering Heights (Id, Ego, Superego)

Mary Beth Dodson

on 20 October 2014

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Psychological Issues in Wuthering Heights
Unconscious, Conscious and Subconscious
Now let's find the Id, Ego, and Superego in the characters!!!
Catherine Earnshaw
The human mind is divided into three parts- the unconscious, the subconscious and the conscious. Humans act on represssed memories and desires, which guide their behaviour.
Sigmund Freud
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Isabella Linton
Hindley Earnshaw
Edgar Linton
Life and Death Instinct
Life (Eros)
Death (Thanatos)
Symbol: Id
Does what he wants/ pleases (i.e marrying Isabella)
When he takes revenge he ignores every moral factor (includes the law & ethics)
Will go to extremes to get what he wants (i.e wanting Catherine to haunt him).
Symbol: Ego
Understands the different lifestyles of Heathcliff and Edgar
Was influenced by the background of society (i.e when she discusses her future of marrying Edgar with Nelly) she chose social position
Symbol: Superego
Is properly behaved, civilized and cultured like how Thrushcross Grange is protrayed.
Is sometimes referred to as sexual instincts, the life instincts are those that deal with basic survival,pleasure, and reproduction. These instincts are important for sustaining the life of the individual as well as the continuation of the species.
Freud proposed that "the goal of all life is death" (1920). He noted that after people experience a traumatic event (such as war), they often reenact the experience. He concluded that people hold an unconscious desire to die, but that wish is large tempered by the life instincts.
Heathcliff bears the portrait of Cathy back to Wuthering Heights where it undoubtedly serves as a reminder of the only thing he has to look forward to: death. He climbs down into her grave to torture himself. This is where the true complexity of Freud's death instinct
Death instinct- Heathcliff
Primal desires and basic nature; cannot be controlled by the law or morality.
Reason and self-control. Between the id and superego.
Quest for perfection, internal taskmaster that imposes guilt and shame if we don't follow the rules of society.
Goes into a deep depression when he loses Frances (wife). Represses the painful memories of her by consuming large amounts of alcohol.
Misled by repression, she was offered the choice to return to Thrushcross Grange but refused to stay.
Unconscious is what drives us, and though it is buried deep in our minds, it still impacts our lives.
Conscious is everything that we are aware of, but is only a small part of who we are and our personality.
Subconscious is what we can access in our minds unless we want too.
Dreams are glimpses of the id, which express the hidden desires.

Catherine's dreams symbolize her desire and want to be with Heathcliff and the return to the place where she spent her childhood.

Lockwood's dream of Catherine's ghost, Lockwood is both himself and Heathcliff, and by cutting her arm on the window it is a representation of Heathcliff punishing her for leaving him for Edgar.
Joyce, Steven. "Romancing Freud- the Peculiar Dreams of Mr. Lockwood in Bronte's Wuthering Heights." Diss. University of Helsinki, 2010. Print.
Abdulkareem, Ala'a. "A Psychoanalytical reading of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights: An Analysis of the defense Mechanisms of Some Characters." Diss. Dalarna University, 2011. Print
Work Cited
By: Tasneema Ahmed, Angelique Mendoza, Kimberly Quines, and Karen Reotutar.
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