Sexuality and Psyche

Sexuality and Psyche

In the late 1800s, Sigmund Freud's theory of psychoanalysis began to make its rounds in the practice of psychology (Brizee and Tompkins). He describes it as "...the notion that human beings are motivated, even driven, by desires, fears, needs, and conflicts of which they are unaware..." (Brizee and Tompkins). Soon after, many critics theorized that like the mind, literature could be interpreted and analyzed in a similar fashion, and thus began applying psychology to literature (Brizee and Tompkins). Perhaps his most famous theory, the "Oedipus Complex" was widely used by critics to rationalize character development and motives in novels (Smith). In Ishiguro's ...

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known as Snowman) developed his primarily sexual personality and emotional detachment during his childhood. During Jimmy's recollection of his life, he mentions some conversations and moments that he had with his parents, one of them being his father (jokingly) saying that Jimmy will contract a mortal disease when he coughs, which causes him to panic and cry (Atwood 19). It is likely that this lack of sensitivity and consideration for Jimmy's emotions and thoughts, coupled with the distant relationship he had with his mother due to her leaving the compound and going into hiding, had an impact on his emotional and personal development, causing him to become insensitive and semi-sociopathic, traits that began to flourish at a very young age. His lack of concern and self-beneficial tendencies were first shown when he craved and yearned for attention that he brought his mother to tears by intentionally upsetting her. Although he was mildly upset with the type of reaction he ...

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case, his desires to find the love and affection that his mother didn't provide for him as a child manifest in the form of his libido. Throughout his adult years, Jimmy's romantic life typically consisted of new women every week, with him often becoming emotionally attached to them in very short amounts of time. He sought love and affection, hoping to fulfill his needs by having sex with new women every week, but never to any avail. It can be said that Jimmy's desires for love were blinded and incorrectly replaced with sexual desires, which only led to him feeling more dissatisfied with the futility of his efforts.
However, this streamlined focus on sex eventually did manifest itself ...

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Category: Psychology
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