October 20, 2006
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.
October 13, 2006
Grant's Quote Commentary on Dora
"A periodically recurrent dream was by its very nature particularly well calculated to arouse my curiosity; and in any case it was justifiable in the interests of the treatment to consider the way in which the dream worked into the analysis as a whole. I therefore determined to make an especially careful investigation of it" (Freud 56).
In the passage, Freud details the method in which he examines Dora's dream. Freud goes on to mention the fact that he interprets the dream given his already forming hypothesis about what is ailing Dora. This, once again, is Freud letting his hubris take over. Instead of taking the dream at face value (whether he examined its latent content or not), Freud melds his interpretation of the dream into what he already believes of Dora. Whether or not this discredits Freud's methods, I feel this passage says something more about Freud than Dora. Freud always reiterating his genius was almost necessary at the time of his publishing. He was insecure because he was just one psychoanalyst trying to convert an entire discipline to radically change their core beliefs. It's easy to understand why Freud was so boisterous. The interesting thing about this text is that it's a case study about a person that, at times, can say more about the practitioner than the patient.
October 06, 2006
Grant's Quote Commentary on Oedipus the King
"terror's in me flooding me
how can i judge
what the god Apollo says
trapped hoping confused
I do not see what is here now" (Sophocles 45)
Though the most powerful lines in this play often come from grave, huge forecasts of impending doom, this passage strikes me as being refreshingly introspective. In this way, the passage takes on the themes of this play in an equally refreshing way. Mainly, this passage deals with fate and how this infinite force affects us weak mortals. Although this line seems more fit for Oedipus to say, Sophocles uses the chorus. This line speaks for Oedipus, for the play, and for all really. How are we to go on knowing the little stake we have in life? The words that appear that explode off the page are "terror's," "trapped," "hoping," and "confused" -- all used in the most negative context. How can a mortal judge what a god says? We are all trapped in our fate. The most speaking line however is "I do not see what is here now." The play feasts on dramatic irony, or what is there, but can not be seen. At all times in life, we are not seeing what is there. We are blind. Oedipus is blind. Great line.
September 21, 2006
Grant's Quote Commentary on The Murders in Rue Morgue
"Had the routine of our life at this place...that infinity of mental excitement which quiet observation can afford" (Poe 401).
The closeness of the narrator and Dupin in this passage struck me as one of the most compelling aspects of this short story. Upon my first reading of this passage, I was inclined to feel this was almost a homosexual relationship between the two. The two walked "arm in arm" down the street. Even the first sentence, "Had the routine of our life at this place been known to the world, we should have been regarded as madmen," alludes to a lifestyle not accepted in the 1800's. And although the glue of this relationship appears to be intellectualism, the words describing seem more apt to describe a love affair. Words like, "freak of fancy," "enamored," and especially the phrase, "giving myself up to his wild whims with a perfect abandon," lend more to a love affair then a mental marriage.
However, that is only one interpretation. These two characters seem SO close, Poe could very well be representing himself as two parts. The two appear as two perfectly contrary parts. Duping being collected, confident,and cocky while the narrator is inquisitive and slower. Poe also makes sure to make "life" singular in the first sentence as opposed to being their lives.