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October 13, 2006

Charina's Quote Commentary of "Dora"

Charina Hansen
Section 4

"For a long time I was in perplexity as to what the self-reproach could be which lay behind her passionate repudiation of this explanation of the episode. It was justifiable to suspect that there was something concealed, for a reproach which misses the mark gives no lasting offence." pg. 39

This quote occurs while Freud is setting up the background of Dora's story and talking about her relationship with her Father. This quote is significant in that it's symbolic of her course of treatment and her feelings toward Freud's treatment. Whenever Freud suggests an analysis of a story or dream, she emphatically denies his analysis and then later will slowly admit to his truths. Dora's father made her go to see Freud, and thus she may be reluctant to participate in his psychoanalysis. For this reason, Dora will want to disagree with his analysis and will conceal those things which she mentions to Freud. As his analysis progresses and he delves into her life and thoughts more, she probably feels even more reluctant to share perhaps out of embarrassment of her repressed thoughts.

Posted by charina at October 13, 2006 02:05 PM


While this is good as far as it goes, it is not really a "close reading".

If you re-read what you've written, you are answering to yourself the question "Why is this quote significant...?" You even have a sentence that starts "This quote is significant in that..." But a close reading is not an answer to the question "Why is this passage significant?". These are two quite different kinds of exercises.

I think you should come and talk to me about close readings, or at the very least, review Prof. Brown's instruction on how to do close readings, which are available in the "Course Documents" folder.

Posted by: bhattach at October 14, 2006 02:00 AM

This is also an interesting passage because it let us take a peek at the method of Freud -- much like Holmes or Poirot. Clues are just as subtle in the human psyche as they are in a murder mystery. It takes a person who understands humans, and human characteristics, like a Holmes or Freud to truly be a master of it. And these, like authors in general, can weave stories

Posted by: glittler at October 18, 2006 04:24 PM

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