October 13, 2006
Quote Commentary of "Dora"
"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.
September 18, 2006
Charina's Quote Commentary on Poe
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe
"I seemed to be upon the verge of comprehension, without power to comprehend-as men, at times, find themselves upon the brink of remembrance, without being able, in the end, to remember." pg. 421
When the narrator says this passage, the reader quickly assumes a feeling of mutual understanding. The simile that Poe utilizes in this passage exactly reflects the sentiments of the reader as they read through not only "the Murders in the Rue Morgue" but also through any detective novel. The detective novel is written in such a way as to present all of the clues to the mystery up front, but then reveal how they fit together or their significance as the story progresses. Here, specifically, in "the Rue Morgue" mystery, Dupin's logic is a bit harder to follow than on may be used to. Most detective novels methodically go through each piece of evidence, then they solve the mystery. In Dupin's case, though, this is not true. He jumps to a conclusion, then proceeds to explain how he got to it by then methodically detailing the clues. Due to this behavior, the reader (and the narrator) are more so left with the feeling of almost being able to understand, but not quite.