October 20, 2006
Monika's 2nd Quote Commentary of Frued
"Neurotics are dominated by the opposition between reality and phantasy. If what they long for most intensely in their phantasies is presented to them in reality, they none the less flee from it; and they abandon themselves to their phantasies most readily where they need no longer fear to see them realized." (pg 101)
This quote reveals Freud's insight in to Dora's hysteria. He thinks that the existence of a real "erotic demand" causes internal difficulties within the patient. The word flee reminds the reader of Dora's actions in the situation with Herr K.. Dora literally fleed from Herr K. just as she flees from some realities in her thoughts, especially about sexual matters. Fear of seeing their phantasies realized is an important part of a patient's conditions. Freud shows how important these concepts are to neurotics by using the word "dominated," which elicits a strong image in a reader's mind.
Alyssa's 2nd Commentary on Freud
“The right attitude is: “pour faire une omelette il faut casser des oeufs.” The patients themselves are easy to convince; and there are only too many opportunities of doing so in the course of the treatment” (Freud 42).
Freud says, “To make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.” Significantly, Freud discusses topics like sexuality and “cracks” the perfect “shell” below which society represses its thoughts. However, “breaking” eggs is a messy process. The shell often becomes completely smashed, and pieces may fall into the mixture. Freud’s analysis is also a somewhat messy process, because in the end, the treatment does fall apart.
Detectives and repairmen dismantle broken objects, find problems, and then put them back together. In the case of eggs, there is no way to put them back together. The mention of “eggs” is also interesting in the sense of a female “egg,” and the idea that patriarchal authority in society suppresses women’s rights.
Freud’s confidence in himself as an analyst is seen through his satisfaction in little victories, like “convincing” Dora that he ultimately knows her better than she knows herself. Freud refers to the patriarchal qualities of Dora’s father when he says, “‘…she had been virtually handed over to Herr K…as the price of tolerating the relations between her father and Frau K” (xvi). Yet, he himself demonstrates the overbearingly authoritative qualities that he denounces when he “convinces” (overpowers) Dora.
Grant's 2nd Quote Commentary on Freud
"No one who disdains the key will ever be able to lock the door" (Freud 43).
One of the most interesting things (for me) about Freud is thinking about why he is so popular and influential. Especially considering the fact the psychological world has for the most part turned its back on Freud and his psychoanalysis given their previous great interest. This passage here sparked my interest because it reminded me of another taboo -stomping trailblazer - Timothy Leary. Freud, himself, was a proponent of cocaine in his life. He also, at times, promoted said drug. To discover one's own latent content, maybe Frued is also talking about drug use and its possible benefits. Much like Leary, who promoted LSD, Freud might just have been a proto-merry prankster.
Jenny's 2nd Commentary on Freud
“She made it up with them, she took her revenge on them, and she brought her own business to a satisfactory conclusion.”
- Freud, Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria p. 111
This quote occurs at the end of the book to describe Dora’s confrontation with Frau and Herr K. in order to fulfill a personal vendetta. She does so by discussing her father’s affair with Frau K. and her experiences with Herr K. The significance of this quote is found in Dora’s ability to seek her own revenge and thus achieve a conclusion. By stating aloud her previously unconscious and repressed feelings concerning the events that have caused her so much turmoil, she frees herself from Freud’s definition of hysteria. The use and repetition of the pronoun ‘she’ describes Dora’s autonomy in order to combat her hysterical symptoms on her own. She finds a self-determined ‘satisfactory conclusion’ by way of her own actions. The fact that she is a female also counters the previously dominant ideology of patriarchy within her life. In a sense, this ‘revenge’ is her independent cure for her own hysteria. On Freud’s terms, he has given Dora the ability to identify and contest her hysterical position by giving her the tools to turn her gaze inward, battle the forbidden thoughts, and return to ‘normalcy.’
Emma Morris - 2nd Freud Commentary
“But you told me yourself that your mother was engaged at seventeen and then waited two years for her husband. A daughter usually takes her mother’s love-story as her model. So you too wanted to wait for him, and you took it that he was waiting till you were grown up enough to be his wife. I imagine that this was a perfectly serious plan for the future in your eyes.” p. 99
This quotation comes at the end of the case history and subsequently the end of Dora’s treatment. Freud's analysis does not only apply Dora’s personal case study of hysteria; is also interesting that Freud fits romance, marriage and childbirth into a narrative story. Freud contends that Dora has internalized the shape of her mother’s sexual development with that of her own, and has placed herself in the same structural position as her mother. In this sense, Freud consigns a context on Dora’s linear progression of sexual identity. Although Dora longs to occupy a structural position analogous to her mother, she revolts against her mother. Finally, Freud configures Dora's case study in language of the romance genre - by fictionalizing Dora's sexual development, or rather fitting it into a fictionalized structure, he not only renders it more accessible, but renders sexual and other choices as fixed, as a kind of predestined structure.