I need this paper to be written by tomorrow night, March 7, 11:30pm EST. the professor does not require any sources or works cited. However, he is very clear about plagiarism and the consequences.
The professor gave a number of topics to select from, so I expect the tutor to choose the best one possible for them.
Here is the prompt:
4-6 pp papers submitted in D2L Dropbox in Word (.doc or .docx) format only. Double-spaced, numbered pages. Please use your name as the file name.
- Freud doesn’t really analyze in any detail Sophocles’ Oedipus the King. If he had, he would have found that the play supports his theories in ways that his own brief analysis largely, or totally, ignores. Taking your start from Freud’s comments, analyze Sophocles’ play. What, for example, would Freud have said about the arguments between Oedipus and Teiresius, and Oedipus and Creon? How would Freud answer later critics who steadfastly maintain that, because Oedipus did not know he was the man who he killed his father and then married his mother, ‘Oedipus does not have an Oedipus-complex’? Be careful to expand your analysis beyond our discussion in class.
- Continue the discussion of Flaubert’s Saint Julien. Feel free to argue against, or to develop further, the ideas discussed in class (but, in any case, take cognizance of them). You are strongly encouraged to try and apply additional readings of Freud to Flaubert’s story.
- Saint Oedipus/Julien the King: compare and contrast the works of Sophocles and Flaubert. Also, to what extent do they, together, corroborate the theories of Freud (and in particular Freud’s reading of Oedipus).
- Euripides’ Hippolytus and Racine’s Phaedre both bear especially close resemblances to Sophocles’ Oedipus and Flaubert’s Saint Julien. Analyze one or both of these plays in psychoanalytic terms.
- It was suggested in class that an interpretation of Kasfka’s Metamorophosis would likely support our reading of The Judgment. Interpret The Metamorphosis using Freud’s theories and the ideas discussed in class.
- Feel free to analyze either (or both) of the other Theban plays (Oedipus at Colonnus, Antigone) in psychoanalytical terms, utilizing as a beginning our interpretation of Oedipus the King.
- Mastery: We have frequently encountered the problem of mastery in Freud’s lectures and in the other works we have read. Discuss the value of Freud’s notion that psychoanalysis teaches us that “the ego is no longer master of its own house” in one or more of these works.
- Lectures: Examine closely one or more of the Lectures from The Introductory Lectures: what is its (their) value within the entire system of psychoanalysis? Does it fit one or more of the works we’ve read? Is there more to it (them) than a first reading reveals? Are there inconsistencies which Freud does not resolve?
- Art: At the end of Lecture xxiii (“The Paths to the Formation of Symptoms”) Freud previews the more extended discussion of art and psychoana1ysis in “The Poet and Daydreaming.” Consider one or more of the following: 1) art as a function of infantile consciousness 2) the value of art as language of the unconscious 3) similarities between the interpretation of art and the interpretation of the Unconscious (e.g. the relevance of rhetorical tropes and figures to dreams, the psychoanalytical value of “close reading” ) 4) the artist as narcissist …etc.
- Freud’s cultural relevance: discuss ways in which art (painting, movies, television, etc.) and other aspects of our contemporary “pop culture” (language, advertising, everyday life, etc.) confirm the relevance—if not the validity—of psychoanalysis. Remember to make this a formal, analytical paper.