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

Georgiana's Quote Commentary on Dora

Text: Dora
Page: # 9
Quote: “I need no longer apologize on the score of length, since it is now agreed that the exacting demands which hysteria makes upon physician and investigator can be met only by the most sympathetic spirit of inquiry and not by an attitude of superiority and contempt.?

I found this quote particularly interesting because Freud is acting humble and is explaining himself as to the length of Dora. This is at a time when he is attempting to make a name for himself and is in the process of popularizing his various ways of treatment. I find it peculiar that he is almost trying to hard to seem humble by negating “attitude of superiority.? Freud is also expressing how hysteria affects him, as a physician and investigator, which I find amusing since the length of an academic work usually relies on how something affects the subject.

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Kathleen's Dora Quote Commentary

Kathleen Wright
CompLit 240 Section 003

“This first account may be compared to an unnavigable river whose stream is at one moment choked by masses of rock and at another divided and lost among shallows and sandbanks. I cannot help wondering how it is that the authorities can produce such smooth and exact histories in cases of hysteria.?
Pg. 10- Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria

I found this quote to be very intriguing because it sums up what makes Freud’s studies or any mystery really, interesting and worth the time to take a deeper look. Freud is referring to how when he first questions Dora about her life and illness, he does not steer or direct her flow of thought but lets it run its course so to speak. The “choked? moments he mentions are referring to her repressions she’s made, so far buried in the inner conscience that they are seemingly lost at the beginning of treatment. The “shallows? he speaks of is actually irony because instead of appearing not intellectually profound while first speaking, Freud can see something deeper, something that Dora cannot see. His theory on authorities holds true in all the mysteries we have read and why the authorities are often unsuccessful in solving mysteries. “Exact," or suitably necessary answers are what the authorities produce to conclude, whereas Freud the detective takes the time to find a “smooth,? or being free from trouble or difficulty answer to the problem, the case of hysteria, at hand.

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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 12, 2006

Julia's Freud quote commentary

Complit 240

"My expectations were by no means disappointed when this explaination of mine was met by Dora with a most emphatic negative". (page 51)

I think that this short phrase is a prime example of what I find so exasperating about Freud. He developed some very concrete theories about how the human mind works and reacts, which were and still are revolutionary and unique, and for this he is to be admired and respected. However, I believe that Freud became so convinced that his ideas were the only correct ones that he began twisting evidence to suit his particular theories, and ignoring any evidence that didn't fit into his previously constructed template.

Freud listens to Dora's descriptions of her experiences, and of course delves into what he believes is behind her feelings and symptoms- mostly repressed sexual feelings and memories. Dora of course denies these insinuations, but it doesn't deter Freud. In fact, as the line about says, he has "expectations" about Dora's case. He's formulated an idea of what he wants Dora's case to turn out as, and no evidence to the contrary is going to sway him from his path. For a man so celebrated for listening to his patients, Freud isn't doing too good of a job at this point.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having theories or opinions on something or someone, but it is necessary that those theories don't get in the way of actually gathering evidence from a patient. I think that Freud's entire account of Dora's case can be thrown into question from his evident bias towards himself and his ideas.

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Katie's Freud Close Reading

Katie Sutter
Sec. 003

"But the question of where her knowledge came from was a riddle which her memories were unable to solve." pg. 24 of "Dora"

While reading the book this line caught my attention. I really like the way it is written. Compared to all of the other lines filled with scientific lingo, this one seemed more philosophical and meaningful, and I think that it is one that is important to the story. The word riddle, which means a puzzling thing or person, seems to be a perfect one to describe both Dora’s thoughts and herself. Claiming that “where her knowledge came form was a riddle,? gives readers insight to Dora’s entangled mind and allows them to get a feeling of what her “condition? is like as opposed to simply hearing it described by Freud. It gives a better picture of Dora than Freud’s constant diagnoses. The use of “riddle? and “unable to solve? also gives the quote a mystery-like feeling which entices readers to want to know more, as if they were reading a mystery novel. Readers want to have a solution to the riddle.

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