The second paper I chose for my presentation folder is my psychoanalytic paper. Again, I began by reading all the required short stories for class and chose the story that stood out to me. In this case, I chose “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I took notes about the different psychoanalysing theories that can be applied to literature. From my options, I decided to use Freud’s id, ego, and superego and connect them to the characters in “Young Goodman Brown:” Goodman Brown represents the ego, the id equals sin, and Goodman Brown’s spirtuality connects with the idea of the superego. With these in mind, I focused my essay on how Hawthorne shows the hardship the ego endures from the constant struggle between the id and the superego. Because the ego is supposed to be a mediator betweent the two, the ego never has a break from the constant bickering between the different personalities. This paper was a lot of fun to write because of how interesting my topic was. As I revised the paper, I added more citations and altered my thesis a smidgeon to better fit the idea I was trying to paint. Enjoy!
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