A Little 411 On My Term Paper

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Here is just a little bit of what I am doing for this wonderful 15-20 page paper.

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So it is noticed that literature is a dream written down. Literature contains both the obvious text and the subtext. The obvious text is known as the conscious, while the subtext is parallel to the unconscious. The subtext is what we criticize and where we recognize the dreams of the characters. It is noticed that psychoanalysis reads too much into the meanings of things. It is the job of a literary critic to delve deeper into the text and the intent of the author. The criticism seems a bit reductive. Freud has shown that what we do, say and write- as well as what we fail to do, say and write-bears the stamp of our unconscious. Freud believes that our unconscious thoughts that are unacceptable and choice of certain images and symbols not only in our thoughts but in writings have more than meets the eye. Psychoanalytic criticism also helps achieve a better understanding of a writer’s triumphs and failures even though our judgment as to what a writers triumph and failure is based on considerations which are fairly independent of psychoanalysis. How the audience responds and perceives the author’s work explains the eventual failure and success based on the overall theme of their work and how the audience can relate towards it. The author’s of “The Tempest” and Cinderella chose particular symbols and objects, the tempest and the fairy godmother, as well as powers of magic, to emphasize the idea that in order to fulfill dreams and desires one must have the help of magic.

In most literature, stories start with a character in trouble which leads to dreams and desires to escape their problems. Within “The Tempest” and the Disney animated feature film, Cinderella, the idea of a dream and desire of achieving a better life is seen with the use of magic. In the Tempest, Prospero uses his magic to create a tempest to get revenge with his brother and his assistants when they land on his island. In Cinderella, a fairy godmother helps her meet the prince with the use of magic that allows for her dream to come true at the end of the story. The idea of magic relieving one's problems is far-fetched and unrealistic, yet it is a choice behind both authors used to gain the audiences attention. Behind both stories the main focus is on a desire, a desire found within a dream and a storm that became attainable through the help of magic. Shakespeare’s story as well as Disney’s animated film is considered unrealistic popular fiction. Approaching these different stories with psychoanalytical criticism shows Freudian’s perspective of dreams and trying to achieve desires through dreams. The author’s choice of including both magic and dreams captivates the audience and allows for them to relate to the idea of dreams.


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