October 20, 2006

Extra Credit Freud Commentary

Kristine Park
CompLit 240
Section 003

Text: Dora, An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria
Page 38

“How many fewer miraculous cures and spontaneous disappearances of symptoms should we physicians have to register in cases of hysteria, if we were more often given a sight of the human interest which the patient keeps hidden from us!?

In this quote, Freud claims that physicians would be able to know the causes of the symptoms more if they were “given a sight of the human interest.? In other words, if the patient just said everything without hiding any piece of the story, perhaps the root of the symptoms would be easily pin-pointed. When the patient only relays pieces of his or her story, the doctor can only work with what is given. For example, Freud interprets Dora’s anger toward Herr K. based on hearing what Dora told him of Herr K.’s proposal. However, towards the end of the treatment, Dora confesses she did not tell Freud one part, the part that was the reason for being so upset by Herr K.. Dora tells Freud about the young governess Herr K. proposes to and from there Freud was able to see Dora’s reason for anger and related this back to her dreams.
A similar situation is shown in “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,? where everyone is not telling the entire story and Poirot claims everyone has a secret.
But this also led me to think the reason for keeping some things unsaid. At both of these time periods, some things were just not said because of social reasons; it would be improper and not “normal.? The “norms? and pressures of society keep things hidden, or “repressed,? covering up the core of the problem.

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October 13, 2006

Kristine's Commentary on Freud

CompLit 240 Section 003
Sigmund Freud's Dora
Page 107

“Transference is the one thing the presence of which has to be detected almost without assistance and with only the slightest clues to go upon, while at the same time the risk of making arbitrary inferences has to be avoided.?

Transference is when a patient’s feeling for some person is transferred to the doctor. In this case, it would be Dora’s feelings of perhaps for Herr K. and her father transferred to Freud throughout the analysis. When Dora mentions to Freud that she smells smoke whenever her first dream occurs, Freud deduces that Dora must have once had an urge to kiss him. He made this connection by thinking that Dora’s kiss with Herr K., who was a smoker, made her think of smelling smoke and since Freud was also a smoker, there was transference to him (pg. 66). This idea of “transference? seems to contradict Freud’s desires for conclusions to be made based on fact (pg. 43); however, instead of analyzing too much on his contradiction, I thought I would mention his thought process with transference reminded me of his detective skills. In a sense, it is much like Holmes. He is detecting slight clues, almost trifles, and from there he is trying to figure out the “how? and “why? of Dora’s case. Both Holmes and Freud walk on a fine line of the facts and imaginations in the eyes of most. Many might assume they are making up their own facts to confirm their theories. But they both observe keenly and try to pinpoint the important details of the case in a very methodological manner.

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October 06, 2006

Kristine's Quote Commentary on Oedipus

Kristine Park
CompLit 240 Section 003

Oedipus the King
Lines 1492-1496

never again flood these eyes with your white radiance, oh gods, my eyes. All, all
the oracles have proven true. I, Oedipus, I
am the child
of parents who should never have been mine- doomed, doomed!?
-Oedipus, looking up at the sun

The word “light? is in all capital letters at the beginning of Oedipus’ cry. It is also repeated three times, showing great emphasis on the already stressed word. “Light? is mentioned at least three times throughout the play. (Lines 177, 880, 987) In most cases, someone is asking for the light to reveal it all; they want to know. It is ironic that Teiresias, the blind prophet, is in physical darkness yet he is the only one in mental “brightness.?
Even before this point of the play, Oedipus says “light? three times, but the letters are not capital letters (Line 987). This doesn’t catch the reader as intensely as the line above, yet it is interesting to notice that when the situation is finally clear to Oedipus, he repeats the word. In any other case, for example when he’s asking for the light for clarity and truth, he does not beg for it by constantly repeating the word. When he encounters the truth of it all, he speaks to the light, cursing and screaming at it. This instantly reminded me of Dr. Sheppard when he asks his sister if she is sure it is the truth she wants. Is it?

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September 25, 2006

Commentary on "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"

Kristine Park
Section 003
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“The Boscombe Valley Mystery?
Page 70

Spoken by Holmes to Watson:

“‘But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more difficult it is to bring it home. In this case, however, they have established a very serious case against the son of the murdered man.’?

When something is “featureless? or “commonplace,? it is often associated with being very obvious. But to Holmes, it is because the issue is so plain and obvious that makes it even more difficult to solve. “Singularity? is something unusual or peculiar. Singularity is what makes an object stand out, making it the first place to start and using that to derive the answers; however, a “featureless and commonplace? item almost has a mask of obviousness. It is so obvious to the naked eye, yet hidden. Obvious bits and pieces often block the mind from being able to form other ideas. The mind is so easily taken by what it can see upfront. This concept of something being so obvious it is hidden to all relates back to Poe’s “The Purloined Letter.?

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September 22, 2006

Quote Commentary on "William Wilson"

Kristine Park
CompLit 240 Section 003

"And was it only fancy which induced me to believe that, with the increase of my own firmness, that of my tormentor underwent a proportional diminution? Be this as it may, I now began to feel inspiration of a burning hope, and at length nurtured in my secret thoughts a stern and desperate resolution that I would submit no longer to be enslaved."

Page 355, "William Wilson"

Here William Wilson feels a small sense of power. He has found a method to overthrow the second William Wilson. He no longer wants to be under William II's reign. William is controlled by William II's low whispers and irritating pieces of advice. There is a power struggle happening. William tries to look at the situation logically and mathematically. As he increases, perhaps William II will decrease. This is defnitely about a battle raging from inside. It is amazing to see how a fight with oneself can be so fierce and effective at degrading the state of mind.

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September 18, 2006

Kristine's Quote Commentary on "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"

Kristine Park
CompLit 240 Section 003
"He impaired his vision by holding the object too close. He might see, perhaps, one or two points with unusual clearness, but in doing so he, necessarily, lost sight of the matter as a whole. Thus there is such a thing as being too profound."
-"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" Edgar Allan Poe pg.412

When investigating a problem, one must focus on the problem. However, the problem will not be easily solved if only one aspect of it is focused on with intense concentration. This quote illustrates this clearly. Although he knows some parts with great clarity, he does not see the whole as clearly. When Dupin from “The Murders in the Rue Morgue? and Poirot from The Murder of Roger Ackroyd analyze a problem, they are very good at observing; they know what to observe in the situation. But it does not mean they focus on just one observation; they are able to see clearly on all components of the problem.
By saying “thus there is such a thing as being too profound,? it is made known that simplicity has value in seemingly unsolvable problems. Poirot and Dupin definitely demonstrate that through their odd talent of solving problems.

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